Very Early Diagnosis Leads to Girl’s Death***

Discussion in 'Therapy and Medication' started by TLA, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. TLA

    TLA Antiquitie's Friend

    found this in PSYCHE Central...wanted to share. {Too strange}

    Very Early Diagnosis Leads to Girl’s Death
    by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    February 7, 2007

    Yes, I know, that’s a pretty extreme headline, but I don’t think it’s far from the truth. In my backyard, a psychiatrist (who has since taken paid leave from his job) unbelievably diagnosed a girl at 2 1/2 years old with not just one, but two mental disorders — ADHD and bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is an adult diagnosis, rarely diagnosed in children. And virtually never diagnosed in a child younger than 5 years old.


    Because children are naturally undergoing constant developmental changes largely determined by their environment that makes a diagnosis of a mental disorder challenging. A child that is “acting out” is often just exhibiting age-appropriate behavior for their age. Children are supposed to be children, not tiny adults meant to act appropriately in all social situations. And parents are tasked with the responsibility for raising children with proper social skills and such. Most parents are up to the task, but some, sadly, are not.

    Two such parents can be seen in the Riley’s. Michael Riley, 34, and Carolyn Riley, 32, allegedly killed their daughter by regularly giving her drug overdoses, ostensibly to keep her calm and help her sleep. They pleaded
    not guilty yesterday to first-degree murder charges and were ordered held without bail.

    The disturbing part is that a psychiatrist, of all professionals, diagnosed the dead child with these two very serious, long-term mental disorders:
    Carolyn Riley’s lawyer […] raised questions about the psychiatrist, Dr. Kayoko Kifuji, who prescribed the medication for Rebecca and diagnosed her at
    age 2 1/2 with attention deficit hyperactive disorder and bipolar disorder.

    There’s a reason the DSM is divided into adult mental disorders and childhood disorders — the research doesn’t provide nearly the empirical research evidence for diagnoses of bipolar disorder in children. If a doctor makes such a diagnosis, they’re doing so largely based upon their own experiences, not those of science or research.

    And unfortunately, many parents are not adequately informed about the serious strength of prescription medications — especially for a child as young as 3 or 4 years of age. Medications given at these ages is a very serious matter. Parents must be fully informed of the strength of prescription medications at this age and warned never to overprescribe medications to children this young. The unfortunate, tragic consequences of doing so is played out in the news today, and it is so very sad to read. But it’s my opinion that if the psychiatrist was doing her job, she would’ve never diagnosed such a young child with such serious disorders so early on in the young infant’s life, nor prescribed such strong psychiatric medications for the concerns.

    Tragic. :eek:hmy:
  2. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    :mad: Gone off to go kick someone :mad:
  3. ~PinkElephants~

    ~PinkElephants~ Senior member

    I read this in my local news and I really wanted to go beat the living shit(sorry) out of both the parents and the doctor. Doctors are so willing to give out whatever meds they can think of without even taking a moment to consider other options, that's why I won't see a doctor. AND I want to beat the shit out of the parents b/c i believe they did murder their daughter and IF it was an accident why the fuck didn't they question the doctors motives on the meds given to the little girl, question the diagnosis and even get a second opinion. In them not doing any of htose i believe they are guilty as sin and deserve to rot in hell.
  4. AlopexAngel

    AlopexAngel Chat Buddy

    Oh MY GOD! Doctor should totally lose his/her/whatever license and do jail time as an accessory (or however you spell it) to murder. The parents should get at least manslaughter for intentionally overdosing their kid.