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Louis Theroux: America's Medicated Kids (2010)

Louis meets parents who have turned to medication to keep their children under control.

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Danny Horan

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Louis Theroux
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Louis meets parents who have turned to medication to keep their children under control.

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Release Date:

18 April 2010 (UK) See more »

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Луи Теру: Детская медицина в Америке See more »

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Louis Theroux - Presenter: Ever thought of taking him off the drugs and seeing Who He Is... NOW?
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Appropriate treatment
29 April 2010 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Louis Theroux's exploration of the use of medication on America's children is intriguing but ultimately unenlightening; this doesn't necessarily mean that it's a failure. We see some troubled kids; what we (and he) can't tell is what exactly they would be like if they weren't on anti-depressants. What's more striking is the pervasiveness of the language of modern therapy, among doctors, parents and patients alike: there's something slightly scary about hearing an eight year old child describing their own behaviour as "inappropriate". I can appreciate that a child's behaviour can be (self-) destructive, harmful or difficult - but surely it's a curse of adulthood that certain behaviours are considered appropriate, or not. The programme left me disturbed, but not in the expected way; I have no idea if these particular children are well-served by their medical regimen, but slightly concerned at the demands the world places on both healthy and disturbed children.


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