So here we go again as the "Main Stream Media" is throwing out wild and unsubstantiated claims that 50% of Kids are not receiving treatment for some suspected disease they supposedly may have. Based on a Survey, that is not anything remotely close to hard science or reality.
You will see at the beginning of this article, the LATimes jumps all over the unproven fallacy that Mental Health Conditions are just the same as Broken Bones, Cancer, and other proven Physical Medical Diagnosis. This is pure and unadulterated bias on their part without the real medical science to back up those claims. News should be there to investigate, search for truth, question everything against fact, and then report with as little personal bias as possible.
The LATimes should just come out and be honest with us all finally. The Pharmaceutical Industry and their advocate paid prostitutes like NAMI and CABF will gladly write these propaganda articles for them.
Here is quick overview of the resources and study the LATimes used for this article:
Merikangas and colleagues identified several limitations of the study:
- "Lack of data on certain categories of mental disorder
- Reliance on one informant (parent or child) for some diagnostic information
- Lack of systematic psychiatric evaluation to validate diagnoses"
Basically this shows nothing more than "JUNK" science used to promote mental health policy and programs like the infamous "Teen Screen", "TMAP", and many like others across this nation; with the sole intended purpose of embedding within the supposed "Health Care Reform and System" a Government and Pharmaceutical Industry sanctioned "Witch Hunt" of our Children with a single horribly dangerous drugging modality.
Why have I brought programs such as "TeenScreen" and alike up in the context of this commentary. It is because of their direct financial ties to Pharmaceutical Corporate interest and their funding of such programs; which in turn places valid questions of "conflict of interest", "bias", and "undue influence" at the center of this questionable medication based modality; while presents valid concerns about "profits before health" at the forefront of these child targeting mental health entities.
Follow the link below to a Dec. 2009 letter from Senator Charles E. Grassley to Laurie Flynn, Executive Director, TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University - Letter_to_TeenScreen.pdf
(let us remember they are especially focused on those foster and poor children populations for the promotion and profiteering off this medication based treatment modality).
Dear LATimes: Did you report what those "treatments" you refer to in the article actually are in the vast majority of cases (It's with dangerous and powerful drugs leading often to negative life altering consequences); or did you point out in this article that if the child in question happens to be poor or in foster care they are much more likely to get these questionable diagnosis. That those kids are the ones most likely to be drugged with the most intrusive and dangerous medications including a whole host of anti-psychotic medications.
Heck, why should News report the whole story or anything close to representing Truth.
The LATimes and this group of reporters have a documented history of shoddy and weak reporting. This is the same newspaper that did the huge "Jani Schofield" story; omitting child abuse and other pertinent facts from their nationally syndicated powder puff piece.
I recently used the following commentary in my post "Pharma Targets Foster Kids".
Now, here we are with "Junk" Science using these similar numbers in the main stream media as a some diagnostic/pharmaceutical marketing and promotional tool.
You can see by the numbers used and the omission of other serious mental health diagnosis in the study used and this article. They are barely touching the surface of this huge "GOLD MINE" for Pharmaceutical Corporate Interest, and thier well paid supporters in the Medical Community.
Pharma Targets Foster Kids with anti-psychotics wi...
A conservative estimation points toward Pharmaceutical Corporate Interest looking somewhere around a 50% target group level in children for a psychiatric diagnosis and treatment with pharmaceutical medications.
It will look something like this in your community school class room of thirty students; 5 normal energetic boys will be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, 4 very creative and above normal intellect girls with be diagnosed with major depression or early onset bipolar disorder, 3 other children of mixed sex will be diagnosed with OCD and milder depression, and 3 other children will be diagnosed with "behavioral conduct disorder".
All of these children will be drugged with a variety of psychotropic medications. These very same children will go through a myriad of other diagnosis and medications throughout their developmental years and process.
Some will end up physically disabled from the effects of these medications. Others will develop much more serious psychiatric conditions that will entrench them in a Mental Health System and possible institutionalization for the rest of their lives. Others still, will suffer the unyielding consequences of both and may no longer be with us in this life's journey.
The actual cost in human suffering, permanent medically caused disability, the massive social catastrophe, and last in dollar terms is just unfathomable. A few may actually survive this targeted assault on their minds and bodies, going on to live possibly less productive and less happiness filled lives.
This is happening everyday in main stream media everywhere in America. The only way it will STOP is for you the citizen to hold them accountable.
The time is Now to act and make your voice heard; Write and tell them how you feel, or even stop buying a bad and tainted product, or maybe start demanding that our government gets off their butts for once to protect children in this nation.
What ever action you can take personally, can and will make a difference in the life of a child.
LATimes article and link -Nearly half of kids with mental disorders go without treatment, study finds finds
December 13, 2009
If your child broke an arm or had a nasty bout of pneumonia, you’d probably visit the doctor. But a new study from researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health finds that only 55% of kids with a mental disorder sought professional treatment.
What’s more, that figure represents an increase in use of mental health services, according to a report being published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics.
The researchers wanted to establish a baseline on the prevalence of six mental health disorders affecting children and adolescents between the ages of 8 and 15. Using data from 3,042 kids who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, they found:
- 8.6% had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- 3.7% were depressed
- 2.1% had conduct disorder
- 0.7% suffered from generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder
- 0.1% were anorexic or bulimic
- 13% of kids surveyed had at least one of these disorders, and 1.8% had two or more.
The researchers, led by Kathleen Merikangas of NIMH, found that mental disorders – especially ADHD – were more prevalent among kids with lower socioeconomic status. One exception was the category of anxiety disorders, which were more common among children of higher socioeconomic status.
Still, only 32% of those kids visited a doctor for the condition. Overall, African American and Mexican American children were less likely than whites to get treatment.
-- Karen Kaplan