HELLO Any Listeners: Do you agree, or disagree with the published below, which I wrote? By the way, you might notice that now your regular physical exams may often be amended with “mental health screening” – to detect people who fit into one of the thousands of new “disorders” – which, in fact, are names attached to every Normal human behavior. For example, can you think of ANYone you know, who does not fit into one of these new categories??
Anyway, here is the letter:
Datona Beach News Journal
Letters to the Editor for Jan. 20, 2008
Drugging not way to go
As a former remedial teacher in private schools in Florida, I think all criticism leveled against psychiatric programs escalating and expanding the drugging of babies, toddlers, kids and teens is justified. This is not the way to go. I worked with grammar school kids who had difficulty in class. I had great success using a variety of techniques, including the great Maria Montessori techniques for teaching.
Then, I had a cousin who couldn’t sleep. He was in his late 20s. He had other physical problems, not yet determined. This had been going on for quite a while, and though he was suffering, he was living with it. His family physician prescribed antidepressants. A week, or less, later, he was found dead in his room (in bed).
Babies and kids, just like all of us, have moods. Kids have trouble learning, just like all of us. Kids — especially boys — are active. This is a good thing, not “bad.” Moods are not “wrong,” they are not “illness” or “disorders.” Moods are responses and indicators of something, be it school, other kids, teachers, possible physical illnesses, etc. To determine the problem and solve it is the correct action. Drugging the kid so he doesn’t feel that emotion is like playing God. It’s arrogant and wrong and has backfired and will backfire.
We’re losing our new generation to psychiatry’s critical view of the world: “Kids should be seen, not heard” “Religion is just a crutch”; “We should control all emotions and behaviors.” These are dangerous views, and we should not be supporting them with unthinking agreement or with our tax money. I cringe to think that my tax dollars are going to drug foster kids, prisoners and soldiers. And yet that’s precisely where they are going!