Incarcerating Our Hormonally Imbalanced Daughters

Holy Hormones Journal:

My heart goes out to the mother of this young girl. And to this young girl – who was admitted to one of the country’s finest liberal arts colleges. Now she is living in the hell of our her brain and does not know how to get out. And the drugs she was on has nailed that coffin shut.

What are we doing to our daughters?  They are being born hormonally imbalanced – due to the 286 toxins including heavy metals, BPA and synthetic hormones in the umbilical cord. To add insult to injury they are inoculated with an ungodly amount of vaccines containing more toxins when they are infants and toddlers. And then they are diagnosed with ADHD and put on my drugs that interfere with the neural pathways.

And to top that all of – the foods they are eating and processed and ‘junk’ devoid of any minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and vitamins to heal the brain.

Adding to that, these girls have no idea – because they have not been taught about how their hormonal shifts affect their behavior.

Many are place on steroid birth control – which further suppressed brain functioning.

I have worked with at-risk girls who were incarcerated for the self-destructive criminal activity for years. Most of these girls end up in jail during the paramenstrum – the premenstrual and menstrual phase.  Immunity is at its lowest – as well as hormone levels, depression is rampant and drugs and alcohol exacerbate self-destructive and aberrant behavior.

And then our society turns around – after all their medical misjudgements – labels this girl as ‘mentally ill’ and incarcerates her?

What are we doing to our hormonally imbalanced daughters? We are not listening to them. There must be a reason she chooses to self-medicate (with all the wrong options) than medicate with drugs she many know keeps her in hell of her brain. This is a very sad vicious cycle that needs to be broken.

Prison or Treatment for People With Mental Illness?

America’s jails have become our psychiatric facilities.
Published on February 5, 2014 by Rachel Pruchno, Ph.D. in All in the Family
Girl in jailI gaze at my daughter’s mugshot. The hazel eyes that used to light up a room stare blankly back at me. Her hair is cut ragged, most likely the result of a manic episode and access to a pair of scissors. Her orange jumpsuit partially covers the butterfly tattoo imprinted on her chest.The charge: Failure to appear; possession of marijuana. She has an arrest number.This is not just a dumb kid who got caught with a little marijuana. This is a person with serious mental illness who has refused treatment for three years. She self-medicates with marijuana, methamphetamine, and alcohol.In fifth grade, my daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. As a high school junior, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder; at 17, doctors added borderline personality disorder to her list of diagnosed conditions.Treated, not only could she function, she was granted admission to one of our country’s finest liberal arts colleges. I had high hopes for her.

But my daughter, like many people with severe mental illness, also suffers from anosognosia—she has no idea how sick she is. Every doctor she saw told us that without treatment, she was not competent to make life decisions on her own. When she turned 18, my daughter stopped her treatments and left home. Nothing my husband or I did or said could make her change her mind.

The mugshot is the first I’ve seen of her in three years.

I don’t know whether to feel relief knowing she’s no longer living on the streets doing hard drugs, anger for the mess that is her life, or fear of what will happen to her as she serves her 90-day sentence.

I do know that our incarceration system is not a great place for people with mental illness.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.