Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Zootopia's Movie Metaphor with Psychotropic Drugs

The 2016 film Zootopia grossed over a billion worldwide, and it maybe the best example for a young person about the effects of anti-depressants and psychotropic drugs. The cartoon movie is set in an Animal only world where carnivores and herbivores live together in harmony. Foxes don’t hunt rabbits and leopards don’t hunt gazelles. The plot of the film is that a number of carnivores are missing and are latter discovered to be injected with toxic flowers that have a severe psychotropic effect. The carnivores become predators again of other mammals after taking the psychotropic flower, or actually being injected with it.

This to us is an example of how current anti-depressants and psychotropic drugs work on young adults. The common side effects of psychotrops are: Loss of appetite, sleep problems, and mood swings. Other stimulant drugs commonly included in psychotropic drugs are amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine); atomoxetine (Strattera); dexmethylphenidate (Focalin); lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse); and methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin). These drugs are also often prescribed for ADHD. Other SSRI side effects commonly prescribed as anti-depressants are chest pains, shortness of breath, trouble swallowing, swollen lips, hives, or other signs of a serious allergic reaction. Suicidal thoughts or feelings, or any signs of suicide, such as talking or writing about death, giving away belongings, or withdrawing from family and friends. Manic behavior, such as very high energy, sleeping less, being impulsive, or being grouchy or restless. These all combined or by themselves turn a kid upside down, where they wish to kill themselves or anyone else.
The end results shown monthly on your TV or news site is where a young adult takes a gun, or knife and kills his or her classmates at school or at a mall. In the Zootopia film the predator is shot with a toxic flower dart. In the world today the person is given a pill, which ultimately turns them into killers of others or suicidal. Psych drugs will turn your kid into a predator. We thank Disney for the true to life metaphor we call Psychotropia.

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