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Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens
News and Opinion of Interest to Parents and Professionals Working with With Struggling Young People - Web Page www.strugglingteens.com
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A Mad World: Did Psychiatrists Create the Problem or Just Recognize it?

A Mad World: Did Psychiatrists Create the Problem or Just Recognize it? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A diagnosis of mental illness is more common than ever – did psychiatrists create the problem, or just recognise it?

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 3, 6:21 AM

Interesting article from last year that I stumbled across.  This article was written by Joseph Pierre, professor of Psychiatry at University of California.  Mr. Pierre believes that over time Psychiatry has become able to help more and more people by expanding the problems that can be helped by Psychiatry.  He thinks the problem people are having with the increasing diagnoses and prescriptions is the stigma involved with mental illness.  He brings up the point that we don't have a problem when people have hypertension, lower back pain, far sightedness, or diabetes but its an issue when it is mental health.  Mr. Pierre thinks prescriptions will increase as medications become safer and he uses anti-depressants as an example.  For the most part this is a defense of Psychiatry article which I thought was fair since I've been posting a lot of "over prescription" articles.

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The problem with the medical model and Psychiatry.

The problem with the medical model and Psychiatry. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The mental health industry has a lot to answer. The psychologization of everyday life has eroded the range of human experience seen as normal, disempowered people to manage their own life challenges, professionalized helping relationships and undermined the already decaying support structures through which people found meaning and connection, stigmatized people through psychiatric labeling, led to iatrogenic misery from harmful treatments and traumatized already vulnerable individuals through excessively coercive practices.

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 21, 12:27 AM

Fascinating and pretty contentious.  There is a rebuttal (2nd comment) that is just as lengthy in the comment section.  Interesting discussion which is probably arising because of the rejection of the DSM V and the establishment of new criteria.  I know there is a movement to look at mental illnesses as being on a spectrum.  How this will impact diagnosis, I do not know.

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In the Age of Anxiety, are we all mentally ill?

In the Age of Anxiety, are we all mentally ill? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

When the Diagnosis of Generalized anxiety includes 50% of the population (up from 4% a few years ago), and when Diagnses have increased 1200% since 1980, it sounds like we are pathologizing  normal behavior-Lon.


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Sales of ADHD meds are booming. Here's Why.

Sales of ADHD meds are booming. Here's Why. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Obamacare and new diagnostic criteria for adults could mean a major windfall for the makers of ADHD drugs.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Consequences like this were predicted during the debate over the Affordable Care Act.  Some reasoned, among other predictions, there was a reason drug and insurance company lobbyists were supporting the act. :)  Even in the 1980s some of the children I ran across with the ADHD label and on medication could go off the medication with no ill effects if it was replaced by a lot of fresh air and exercise.  And, I've had several psychiatrists tell me that the most common diagnosis was mis-diagnosis.  We already are over diagnosing ADD and ADHD in my opinion and this increase is potentially damaging to a lot of young people. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 24, 12:34 PM

Interesting side effect of the Affordable Heath Care Act, since all medical insurance is required to cover mental health there has been a boom in ADHD diagnosis.  Medication sales have been increasing 8 - 13% a year since the enactment of the legislation.  More people covered and a less stringent criteria for determining ADHD equates to a boom.  Someone brought up the idea yesterday that ADHD might be a Personality trait instead of a Disorder.  If that were the case than I feel we are essentially drugging people so they don't act like themselves.  With the exception of one ADHD medication that I am aware of, they are all amphetamines and addictive.  Or maybe there is a disorder and a personality.  Before 1983 only 2-3% of kids were diagnosed ADHD and that held true for Europe up until late.  Now we are diagnosing 11% ADHD.  What if the 2-3% for ADHD as a disorder is more accurate?  Shouldn't it take more than a 10 - 15 minute session to diagnose?

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Redefining Mental Illness

Redefining Mental Illness | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
New research recognizes that diagnoses and drugs are not the only approach.
Lon Woodbury's insight:

The network of therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness therapy programs started in the 1980s rejecting the rigid diagnosis and treat mentality, referring to it as "medical model."  Much of what they did came under the category of "emotional growth schools and programs."  The traditional defining of mental illness has been questioned by many successful schools and programs in the last 30 years, and seem to be along the line of what this article presents. -Lon

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