The other day I received an email from a father whose 7-year-old son had come off the medication he had been prescribed for what the healthcare practitioner had diagnosed as ADD. The father’s words made me cry. He wrote: My son’s spirit is free and playful again. I cried tears of joy and relief for this little boy whose spirit was no longer chemically suppressed but was now free to soar.
Folks who know my work know that I only recommend medication as a last resort. There are many reasons for my approach but one of the main reasons is that practitioners often fail to tell parents that the medication that will suppress the troublesome learning, behavior and mood symptoms, may also suppress the child’s unique and wonderful spirit.
Think about what having a suppressed spirit could mean to a child – or to millions of children. With a drugged, heavy spirit the child will be unable to use the remarkable characteristics and qualities that originate from a healthy spirit, such as:
- Personal spark and inner strength.
- Inspiration. (Notice that the word inspired has at its root the word spirit – inspired = in-spirit-ed).
- Creativity and innovation (fueled by inspiration).
- Seeing life in an optimistic, upbeat, spirited way.
- Interacting with others in a spirited, authentic, easy way.
- Courage – feeling safe and being free of fears and anxiety.
- Strong self confidence and self-esteem.
- A healthy, balanced body and brain.
So know you know why I cry tears of sadness when I think of millions of children dragging themselves through life with a chemically suppressed spirit – and why I cry tears of joy when a father tells me, ‘My son’s spirit is free and playful again’.
Why would we want to chemically subdue such potent characteristics?
Our children are our next generation. They need every bit of spirit, pluck, resilience, confidence and inspiration they can get to navigate the challenging world we live in and the even more challenging world they will enter as a young adult. Communities, countries and the world are going to need the interactive, social, academic and creative power of these young people in order to build strong, healthy cultures and economies. This kind of powerful future can only happen if we stop drugging the spirit of our children and start treating their problematic symptoms naturally and differently.