The instinct to protect your child is strong and primal in most human beings. When faced with a child who is sad and tearful, has lost interest in activities they used to enjoy, feels worthless or guilty, can’t eat or sleep and has thoughts of suicide, the natural reaction of most parents would be to provide their child with increased nurturing, love and support; not to foist toxic chemicals on ... [Show full abstract] them, which may actually worsen the symptoms that are preventing them from functioning. What would induce a parent to give a depressed child a drug that has been shown in some cases to worsen depression, double the risk of suicide, cause aggression and sexual dysfunction, interfere with sleep, retard growth, risk cardiac arrest and expose the child to a host of other serious adverse reactions?
What is required is the telling and selling of a lie. A lie that persuades parents that in giving their child poison, they are correcting a deficiency, inherent in their offspring.