I was recently confronted in an online forum over my decision to medicate Emily. I was somewhat surprised that somebody, who knew nothing about my struggles over such a decision, would feel the need to confront me in such a manner. No questions were asked why. Just a quick judgment that children are overmedicated and I am somehow taking the easy way out by using medicine on my child.
I have to wonder what people think the effect of a medicine like Zoloft would have on a child. Does it make them behave? Sit quietly in a corner? Zone out? Can I ignore my child for hours and have her be OK with it? NO to all questions. I still have the same kid that every other parent has. Social, busy, sometimes crabby, sometimes funny, normal kid. It's almost as if the perception is that I give my child medicine as an easy way out. I'm just not sure what the perceived "out" is?
In addition to this misconception I am told that I shouldn't speak of this situation with my daughter. As if I should be ashamed and it is something that nobody should know. If my kid had asthma and I used an inhaler on her, or had a broken bone and needed a cast, would people tell me that I shouldn't share this information? Mental health issues scare people. I hope that in talking about them some of the fears can be conquered.