Psychotropic drugs are often administered in the U.S. at the first sign of conspicuous behaviour – beginning with children at an early age. But where is the line between normal behaviour and a personality disorder? In the tenth part of his series produced for BBC2, British-American journalist Louis Theroux visits three families in Pittsburgh with kids on regular medication. A six-year-old is on antidepressants because he knocks over chairs when he loses in a game; a ten-year-old downs a multi-drug cocktail every day against all sorts of supposed mental disorders, which go by abbreviations like ADHD, OCD, and ODD; even the dog gets a daily dose of tranquilizers in this family. Though is seems safe to suspect that, above all, the pills help overwhelmed parents sedate their children, Theroux largely reserves judgment and leaves it to audiences to draw their own conclusions from the experiences in the families.
Louis Theroux: America’s Medicated Kids
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Selected filmography Louis Theroux
TV NATION (1994), WEIRD CHRISTMAS (1998), LOUIS AND THE BROTHEL (2003), LOUIS THEROUX: UNDER THE KNIFE (2007), LOUIS THEROUX: BEHIND BARS (2008); LOUIS THEROUX: A PLACE FOR PAEDOPHILES (2009)