That's Right–Drug the Little Fuckers!

Who diag­nosed this three-year-old kid (ref­er­enced in the last graph) with bipo­lar dis­or­der?? Can some­one in the med­ical pro­fes­sions please tell me a way in which this makes sense? Three-year olds are all over the place men­tal­ly because they're, um, three-year-olds.
And it only makes the cake taste bet­ter to know poor kids get drugged at twice the rate of their rich­er coun­ter­parts. I imag­ine that hap­pens with adults, too, but I've not seen any research to that effect. Read for your­self, in the NY Times.
New fed­er­al­ly financed drug research reveals a stark dis­par­i­ty: chil­dren cov­ered by Med­ic­aid are giv­en pow­er­ful antipsy­chot­ic med­i­cines at a rate four times high­er than chil­dren whose par­ents have pri­vate insur­ance. And the Med­ic­aid chil­dren are more like­ly to receive the drugs for less severe con­di­tions than their mid­dle-class coun­ter­parts, the data shows.

Those find­ings, by a team from Rut­gers and Colum­bia, are almost cer­tain to add fuel to a long-run­ning debate. Do too many chil­dren from poor fam­i­lies receive pow­er­ful psy­chi­atric drugs not because they actu­al­ly need them — but because it is deemed the most effi­cient and cost-effec­tive way to con­trol prob­lems that may be han­dled much dif­fer­ent­ly for mid­dle-class chil­dren?

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