This sounds fascinating and important. And the quote below offers a good critical thinking exercise too!
A hundred years ago it was rarely diagnosed in children. In the intervening timespan the number and type of diagnoses have exploded. Moreover, the number and type of treatments have also exploded. The favored treatment usually involves powerful medications with serious side effects. Big Pharma has made a fortune from these medications and is constantly searching for new variations to patent and sell.
I’m talking about childhood cancer, but I bet you thought I was talking about childhood mental illness. After all, everyone in contemporary society knows that childhood mental illness is over-diagnosed, that drugging children is the preferred method for dealing with the normal problems of childhood, and that normal children are being treated with powerful psychotropic medications simply because they are quirky and authentic.
That’s what Judith Warner (author of “Perfect Madness”) thought, too, when she sold a proposal back in 2004 for a book that would explore the over-diagnosis of mental illness and over-treatment of children with psychiatric medication…[S]he came to write a book that is 180 degrees opposite of what she initially intended. It happened because she talked to parents and psychiatrists and looked at what the medical literature actually shows.
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These are the reasons you need to be on our blogroll. Thank you for awesomeness.
Can you tell us the source of the quote?
Sorry….I couldn’t get the link to load….that’s why I’m asking for the source.
Sorry it’s not loading for you! It is working for me. Hmm. The source is Amy Tuteur on Salon:http://www.salon.com/life/mental_illness/index.html?story=/books/feature/2010/02/24/judith_warner_open2010http://www.salon.com/life/mental_illness/index.html?story=/books/feature/2010/02/24/judith_warner_open2010
The book she’s discussing is Judith Warner’s *We’ve Got Issues*.
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