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Kid's Letter From Camp Found

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crop-kids-letter-from-camp-found-maximumalloweddosageMany of our kids are off at camp for the summer. Some have even taken the plunge and gone to sleepaway camp.

Found Magazine shows off stuff that they, you know, find. Hence the title. Someone found a letter that a camper wrote to her parents. It’s quite something.

Kid's Letter From Camp

The finder asks: “Did Jen really take herself off her medication despite an intense 3-day withdrawal, all without calling her mother or a camp leader noticing? It’s tough to believe, but her motive in saying so is both clear and heartbreaking.”

Apparently this is not uncommon; summer is a time for kids to take “medication vacations”. You know, that way the parents don’t have to deal with them. So they say “heartbreaking”, I say “why is this kid doing this while away from home?” But hey. Potato, po-tahto.

Source: Found Magazine

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0 thoughts on “Kid's Letter From Camp Found

  1. Tiffany says:

    Um, to me it sounded like the “kid” is actually a camp leader. She’s talking about her campers and that luckily she’s loud. So to me it sounds like this kid isn’t really a kid. She’s a teen. Camp leaders didn’t notice because, well, she is herself a camp leader.

  2. Toy Kitchen says:

    And good for her for getting off those damn meds!! Our overmedicated children need more natural treatments instead of pumping them full of chemicals.
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  3. Brett Singer says:

    I still say she shouldn’t try it out while away from home. Seems like a bad choice.

  4. patricia says:

    I agree with you, Brett, that she shouldn’t be doing it away from home, but I sort of get a vibe from the letter that the mom may have been pushing the drugs, so she may have felt like away from home was the only choice. And, of course, because we don’t know the whole story, the drugs may be entirely warranted, and the kid may not have the judgment to realize it. It doesn’t say what kind of drugs they are, and I know many people with mental illness resist taking their medication, even though it allows them to lead a normal life (this is the case with three of my family members, so I feel I can speak to this point).

  5. Brett Singer says:

    The devil is in the details, I agree. Since we don’t have those, though… :-)
    I’ve read that taking “medication vacations” during camp is a very common thing. I think it’s a bad idea. If you need the meds, take them. If not, don’t. But don’t see what it’s like without them in an unfamiliar environment.

  6. Marj says:

    Medication does not equal evil. If she were on prescription pain killers and found she didn’t need them that is one thing. If she were bipolar and had a good week and went off her meds, that could have serious repercussions. No matter how evil people seem to think Prozac and other medications are, I have seen the difference they can make in the quality of life for my own family members. Prozac is not crack…it is not a happy pill and has no immediate effect. Like many depression medications it takes 2-4 weeks to have full effect…it is not a feel-good party drug and I wish the “Oh NOES!! DRUGS!” people would realize that and stop trying to ruin the lives of other people by talking them out of medications that can help them.

  7. Brett Singer says:

    “Medication does not equal evil.” Well said.

  8. Jules says:

    I blame over zealous pharmaceutical cos and Doctors that readily PUSH/prescribe meds to COVER up problems rather than SOLVE them and patients who seek a pill for the “quick fix” and those who readily go along with whatever the Doctor says, because they are a Doctor! Sometimes we have to be our own advocates, people.

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