Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Comments by Jo Ann Cook

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  • Thank you Paula

    I share your concerns, particularly how MIA can inadvertently reinforce DSM diagnoses and the need to query current drug approaches. The same goes for some so-called non-drug approaches to the problems doctors prescribe drugs for.

    The market for expanding psychiatric drugs has been skillfully and deceptively crafted by psychiatry and drug companies, let alone supported by schools and governments. We are often unaware that so called non drug resources are actually promoting labels and drug treatments for children. You suggested that parents and others check out MIA parenting resources although in an earlier blog post you expressed some reservations that MIA was reinforcing labels by using DSM terminology and inadvertently was supporting diagnoses.

    You may be guilty of the same by recommending the following.

    “Barring that, Mad in America’s Parent Resources section’s Drug Information pages offer summaries of the latest science on the major classes of psychoactive drugs prescribed to children and youth. The authors of that section also discuss non-drug approaches to the problems for which doctors typically prescribe them. (Editor’s note: See links at bottom of the page.)”

    Please note, for example, that MIA states that one of the ten best non-drug approaches is the Collaborative Problem Solving approach by Ross Greene. I suggest you read the book. In chapter 9, page 176,
    the reader is told by Greene that some challenging kids need a “little extra help” to participate in Plan B, like behavior and mind-altering psychiatric medications. Greene says that some kids are so emotionally reactive, irritable, impulsive or short fused that Plan B needs to be supplemented with ADHD medications, antidepressants and even a class of the most disabling medications, antipsychotic drugs, namely, Risperdal and Abilify. Greene fails to mention that these medications can cause a number of disruptive behaviors in children, such as aggression, tantrums, mania, psychosis, hallucinations, sedation and suicidal ideations, which can lead to the very behaviors his program says it can fix.

    i have complained about this misleading approach and others before to no avail. Greene in particular has made millions selling his phony theory to parents and teachers all across America. Children are the victims. Please MIA delete this reference. It is a marketing tool to expand the use of drugs, not a non-drug approach.

  • I agree with Dr. Caplan. i have similar concerns, particularly the information that is being given to parents in some posts and videos which reinforce false psychiatric terminology,and even recommend counselling and psychiatric medication to children for disorders which do not exist..
    Bob Whitaker supported my point of view when I wrote to him last December.
    However I still read posts that concern me. I was recently told that these posts are not necessarily the views of Mad in America. Where then do parents and survivors get accurate information?

    Jo Ann

  • It is important to note that we are talking about ‘suffering” children and so-called OCD behaviours which are extremely rare. In all my years in the school system I came across only one boy that was diagnosed by a psychiatrist after he was put on medication. We have created an epidemic of disorders out of normal childhood behaviours. Children do not belong in therapy. Children often react to the stresses and tensions in their family and school and to treat the child alone is misplaced, ineffective and stigmatizing. See the post by Pacific Dawn on why children do not belong in therapy.

  • I agree with Steve. The terms “OCD” like “ADHD” and “bipolar” are DSM inventions and have no scientific basis. Using them only reinforces the notion they exist, creates a self-fulfilling prophecy and is harmful to the child and parent. Parents need to be warned of the hazards of letting a teacher or doctor diagnose childhood behaviours as abnormal and requires medical or psychological treatment. Once a child is given a label, she will be subject to unacceptable risks, especially if the suggested interventions do not work. When therapy does not work, and there are always social factors at play, therapists or educators will suggest treating the child with chemicals by asserting that it will improve the child”s ability to socialize or learn. A parent’s best course of action is to avoid any professional who suggests that their child is suffering from an “attention deficit disorder” or some other vague defined conditions such as “OCD”.

  • “Yeah, yeah, and that’s how they’ve got to children, isn’t it, with ADHD for instance? You show me a child with a diagnosis of ADHD and I’ll show you a family that needs some help of some kind. One of the problems with identifying the family as a cause or solution is that it’s seen as family blaming, and we’ve been told we mustn’t blame families. Well, that’s very well, that’s all good, but sometimes families do need some help.”

    I hope the help you will be giving families is to be upfront and tell them that the diagnosis is BS, the medication harmful and an exploitation of children and adolescents by pharmaceutical companies. Teachers are usually the first to diagnose students with ADHD because they have been extensively trained by the industry to view certain behaviors as a brain disease. This is a lie.
    It is the educational system that needs the help.. Parents do not willingly put their children on drugs. In my experience they are fearful and opposed to it but they are harassed by psychologists, social workers, teachers and doctors to medicate their children with mind altering drugs. Have you ever worked in the school system?

  • You are right Bradford. And yes the public does not know what is going on which is why I wrote my book. I am aware of the awful tragic situations you mention. It is not my intention to minimize what is going on. On the contrary I want the public to know that the mental health campaign in their schools is not about health, it is about expanding the market for pharmaceutical products while drugging and disabling children and adolescents.
    The parents and teachers in my schools all went along with the industry line that children were suffering from mental disorders. The “stated” goal of government and psychiatry is to create positive strategies to enable children to be successful at school and have better adult outcomes. The opposite is happening.
    The media has also aided and abetted this criminal activity. The real stories of children’s experiences with psychiatric drugs needs to be told. Some of these tragic stories have been described in my book.