|Eminent Psychologist Dorothy Rowe|
A PSYCHOLOGICAL FORMULATION OF MENTAL DISTRESS - THE HPP MODEL COMMENTARY - (TRAXSON, PARKER, ROWLAND AND MATTHEWS 2011)-------"What we need as professionals is a naturalistic narrative of needs NOT a dysfunctional discussion of dubiously diagnosed disorders." - A menu of alternatives to medication is proposed to trigger creative thinking about the options available to deal with behavioural difficulties.THE HPP MODEL OF MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FEATURES OF THE HPP MODEL - A multi-dimensional discursive appro...
A disease called ‘childhood’ "Do 1 in 5 NYC preteens really suffer a mental woe?" A psychiatry expert argues we’re o...
THE MENTAL HEALTH DEBATE = A GREAT ARTICLE - "At War With Ourselves"- By Rufus May, a Psychologist from Bradford U.K. - Courtesy of Mad in America WebsiteAt War With Ourselves Rufus May September 15, 2013 If we call someone mentally ill, in some ways we may b...
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/jun/23/epidemic-mental-illness-why/?page=1 The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why? Marcia An...
Professor Thomas Szasz - "ADHD IS NOT AND CAN NOT BE A DISEASE - THERE ARE NO PHYSICAL OR BIOLOGICAL MEASURABLE SIGNS."- "Diseases are provable malfunctions of bodily processes or organs." (Szasz) " WHY ARE WE SLEEPWALKING INTO THIS NIGHTMARE SCENARIO OF CHOOSING PSYCHOTROPICS FOR SO MANY CHILDREN?." (Dave Traxson)http://youtu.be/COWb-fk0yko WATCH THE GREAT MAN SPEAKING. Why do children want to grow up? Because they experience their li...
DANGER - TEACHERS IN U.S. TO ASSES CHILDRENS' MENTAL HEALTH - A New Bill Paves the Way for this Systemic Lunacy - by Jay Syrmopoulos - March 2015 Courtesy of the Free Thought ProjectDallas, Texas – Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) is once again in the spotlight after submitting yet another Orwellia...
Watch with sound track here. https://www.youtube.com/user/Humanagement2011
Total Downloads Worldwide
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Bipolar disorder has become fashionable - Dorothy Rowe's view on the attitude of psychiatry to 'within child' conditions. Are parents and psychiatry jointly colluding with the same myths.
Bipolar disorder has become fashionable, with 5 per cent of Americans having some form of the disorder. Now, according to Healy, there is ‘a mania for diagnosing bipolar disorder in children.’ Some children have been considered to show the first signs of the disorder when they kicked excessively in the womb and screamed when born. (For many mothers, being kicked in the womb might be very uncomfortable but it is evidence that your baby is alive and well.) For adults to be diagnosed as being bipolar they have to be depressed and manic for several weeks in each state, whereas children can earn such a diagnosis by having several changes of mood with each day. (Many mothers would think that, if their two-year-old isn’t running the full gamut of emotion every day, he’s physically ill.) It is considered unnecessary to talk to the children or to observe the child in a natural setting at home and at nursery. All that is needed is the parents’ report on the child. The treatment is with antipsychotic and anticonvulsant drugs. The child becomes quiet and lethargic, in adult terms ‘good’, but he also becomes fat, and may develop tardive dyskinesia and diabetes, and perhaps drop dead.
Books like The Bipolar Child[iii] and Brandon and the Bipolar Bear[iv] ‘are effectively coaching manuals for the condition’. Small children try to please their parents by fulfilling their parents’ expectations. If the parents have stressful lives and/or don’t know how to look after toddlers (calm atmosphere, constant supervision, lots of cuddles, frequent encouragement such as ‘Good girl’, ‘Well done’) they can seize eagerly on something that absolves them of all blame. The fault is in the child.
"When a psychiatric patient is prescribed a drug, or a cocktail of drugs, and fails to get better, instead of concluding that the drugs do not work, many psychiatrists complain that the patient is ‘drug-resistant’. In their thinking, ‘the reason that drugs fail to work must be that the disorder has taken too deep a root. The answer is to start treatment at the first hints of affective instability, no matter how young the child may be’. This may sound like science but it actually is a reworking, albeit unconsciously, of an ancient myth."
Babies arrive in the world being neither good nor bad. They simply are. However, the adults around them immediately start imposing their ideas on them, not just who the baby ‘takes after’ but whether the baby is, in essence, good or bad. These contrasting ideas form the basis of all our theories about how children should be educated. If children are seen as being basically good, the theory will concern how to draw out the good which is within the child in order to develop his individuality. If the children are seen as being basically bad, the theory will concern controlling the evil within the child and moulding the child into the shape that those in power deem to be desirable. Children who receive the first kind of education tend to be too individual to be predictable, and critical of those in power, whereas children who receive the second kind of education are either rebellious and can be punished, or desirably obedient and uncritical of those in power.
The Christian Church has always favoured containing and moulding the child. Children are ‘born in sin’, while the Bible warns, ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child.’ In her book Thou Shalt Not Be Aware Alice Miller pointed out that in our society, a good child sacrifices himself for the parents.
"In the Bible there is no story of a parent being sacrificed for his child. ‘It is always the Isaacs whose sacrifice God demands from the Abrahams, never the other way around.’[v] God-fearing, patriotic Americans, as most Americans are, cannot afford to see parents and society as being at the root of severe mental distress. When children are diagnosed as having a mental disorder, they are being sacrificed, not so much in the name of God as in the name of psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry."