One of the villains in y1 is the zealous CFO of a pharmaceutical company who is anxious to reap the profits from over-medicating his new target demographic, children. I did a fair amount of research on this subject because I wanted to make sure his tactics were believable, and also because I wanted to be careful not to malign the use of medicine when it was genuinely needed and beneficial.
It is true that by the time I finished writing y1, I personally found the vastly increased use of medication to control behavior and emotional issues in children to be disturbing. Every once in awhile, I still run across an article that makes me shudder. A friend recently sent me this article from Science Daily published in 2010. In a nutshell it discusses the idea that even toddlers can be depressed and it talks about the difficulty of the diagnosis because depressed preschoolers often act normal and may not even appear particularly sad. However, researchers assure us, methods are being developed to ferret out those difficult to locate symptoms. Are you shuddering yet?