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Mental Health Watchdog Applauds Vatican's Investigation Into Psychiatric Drugging of Children
Date:6/10/2013

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) June 10, 2013

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) announces its support of the Vatican for looking into the harmful effects of psychiatric drugs on children in an article written by Kelly Patricia O'Meara.

On June 14-15, the Vatican is holding a conference, "The Child as a Person and as a Patient: Therapeutic Approaches Compared," in order to bring professionals together to discuss the harmful consequences of overusing prescription drugs for treating mental and emotional disorders in children, as well as how a similar trend is hurting pregnant mothers. The conference organizers hope to prove that “psychosocial options” are better than “psychotropic care,” and will focus on two main drug groups, antidepressants and antipsychotics.

One of the conference organizers, Dr. Barry Duncan, a clinical psychologist and director of the Heart and Soul of Change Project, has called for “religious orders, Catholic schools, hospitals, medical associations, media and parishes to become informed and help children and families discover alternatives to psychiatric medications, as well as help them have real input when discussing the risks and benefits of such medications.”

Duncan is intimately aware of the toll psychiatric drugs are taking on children in the U.S. "Prescriptions for psychiatric drugs have increased by 274 percent globally in over 50 countries since 2003," he says in the article, "Vatican conference to reveal harm of prescription drugs for children," by the Catholic News Agency from June 1, 2013. Duncan's hope is that with the "pharmaceutical
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