Girl, 4, Treated For Stress & Depression......

  1. By PAUL SIMS 7th November 2006

    Shame on the doctors who are contemplating treating her with anti-depressants and shame on the parents for exposing her to all this publicity.

    [​IMG] Mollie: So traumatised that she may need counselling or drug therapy

    A girl of four is being treated for stress and depression after she was refused a place at her local school.
    Mollie Murphy became so distraught at being separated from her best friends that she had to see a doctor.

    Last night, the youngster's mother spoke of her shock after the GP said he would consider a course of anti-depressants and counselling if Mollie's condition does not improve.
    "When he said she had stress and depression at first I thought he must be joking," said 26-year-old hairdresser Victoria Anderson.
    "I thought, how can a little girl suffer from that? It's an adult's problem and Mollie's only four. But he told me it does happen."

    Although the number of children suffering from depression remains relatively low, experts claim the rate has dramatically increased in recent years.
    According to research by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, as many as 40,000 children and adolescents were prescribed anti-depressants in 2003.

    Miss Anderson said her daughter started experiencing problems in September.
    Due to a lack of places available at East Herrington Primary, in Sunderland, she was forced to travel to nearby Farringdon school.

    Since then she has suffered from bouts of vomiting. She also regularly wets the bed and refuses to go to school at the start of each day.
    "She had been with all her friends for a year at nursery and wanted to stay with them," said Miss Anderson.
    "She screams and cries when I drop her off and is very quiet in class and clings to the teacher. She began to get really, really unhappy - to the point where she would make herself physically sick.

    "I was so worried I took her straight to the doctor who made his diagnosis."
    Despite a letter from GP Kevin Weaver recommending Mollie be reunited with her friends, local education officials refuse to change their mind. Dr Weaver, 49, defended his decision to consider prescribing anti-depressants to Mollie.
    The GP, who has been practising for 24 years, said: "It would be highly unusual, I agree, but not unheard of.

    "We try a variety of psychological therapies first but won't rule out anti-depressants even in a child of four years old.
    "We get these types of cases every once and a while.
    "It's quite different to depression in adults in so far as with children it manifests itself in physical symptoms like bed wetting or headaches whereas with adults it is more of a psychological illness."
    Miss Anderson, who has two other children - Nell, two and seven-month-old Will - said she and partner David Murphy were now considering removing Mollie from the school to wait for next year's intake.

    Sunderland City Council said it would not reconsider its decision but Mollie's family could take their case to the Local Government Ombudsman.
    Last night, the Association for Family Therapy said it had 'serious concerns' about a four-year-old being prescribed antidepressants. Chairman Barbara Warner said: "Research clearly tells us that supporting the family as a whole and helping the child can be far more effective and doesn't have the dangers of sideeffects or the child being seen as the focus of a problem."
  2. I definetely place the full blame on this one on the:cursing: parents :cursing:

    It is all about what school THEY wanted, not their daughter. Children adapt so quickly and make friends so very easily at this age. I think that all the stress produced from the parents about not getting the school that THEY wanted, is what is making this poor little girl sad .

    I also believe that they are making her illness sound far worse than it is, so that the school they want will bend the rules and let her in. It is shameful, and they really should be thinking of their daughter more :sad:
  3. ^^^^ Chloe, I couldn't agree more, well stated.
  4. Sounds like she needs better parents not medication.
  5. ^^^ I so agree, what are they thinking! Poor thing!
  6. This is ridiculous. She sounds like a typical little child!! This is when psych are making money for medicine they write up and when mom and dad are living off publicity- they forget this child needs BETTER care and MORE attention. Awful.
  7. i agree with what has been posted in response to this story. i think her parents wanted her in that school, bottom line. if she doesn't have serious psych problems now, she'll most likely have them later, having to deal with parents like that. i mean, why the publicity?
  8. I agree with Chloe! poor little girl.. im not even fully introduced to stress yet, besides school work (which in the real life, is no comparison) she looks so sad I wanna give her a hug!!
  9. Call me cynical, but my guess is that they are getting ready to sue the school and this is the beginning of the case for "emotional damages". The psychiatrist who is putting this child on meds should be slapped. There is no good research on pediatric patients and psychotropic meds.
  10. sigh... her parents shouldn't have even let this news about their daughter out...
    I think its the parents who needs some counseling about parenting.
  11. Could not have said it better myself! This is sad and wrong on all levels. I wholeheartedly agree that it is the parents transferring their stress on their child.

    Last year my son LOVED preschool, but for some reason he hates it this year. He cries his eyes out which definitely tears at my heart, but have I taken him in for psychological help or meds?? Hell no! Reading stories like this just makes me ill.