Saturday, January 05, 2008

Massachusetts Takes Wrong Turn On Mental Health Screening

Massachusetts Takes Wrong Turn On Mental Health Screening
By Tony Zizza .
Mr. Zizza is a freelance writer who lives in Atlanta, GA. He writes
frequently about psychiatry and children's issues. Zizza can be reached
via email:

For the entire article see here:
A recent news article by Carey Goldberg in the Boston Globe newspaper
ought to have Massachusetts parents fuming mad. In fact, parents
nationwide need to be on the alert as well. The long and stretched out
arms of psychiatry are poised to put a choke-hold on your children.

Think I am kidding? Think again. In Carey Goldberg's December 27th
article, ("Mental screening for young to begin: Mass. doctors to offer
questionnaires for children on Medicaid"), we find out that on December
31st, "Annual checkups for the nearly half a million Massachusetts
children on Medicaid will carry a new requirement:
Doctors must offer simple questionnaires to detect warning signs of
possible mental health problems, from autism in toddlers to depression
in teens."

This is scary stuff. Pay close attention to this part again, "from
autism in toddlers to depression in teens." Perhaps I am paranoid, but I
believe a Brave New World is here. Psychiatry just had an incredible
cash cow handed to them on a silver platter through the force of
government. That is, Massachusetts taxpayers fund Medicaid. In turn,
Massachusetts taxpayers are supporting through no choice of their own
the inevitable drugging of children.

Instead, we twist things to try and justify forced drugging and the
destruction of informed consent by throwing around subjective "national
estimates" that Carey Goldberg included in his article that attempt to
show "about 10 percent of children have some sort of significant
psycho-social problem from hyperactivity to anxiety to stress from
living amid domestic violence." Again, it appears children and young
adults in Massachusetts, and nationwide, can no longer experience any
kind of feeling or thought or deep reflection without it being subjected
to a mental health screening or antidepressant psychiatric drug. This
isn't medicine. It's medicine gone mad.

Massachusetts has taken a wrong turn here on mental health screening.
Cute code words and catch phrases don't cut it. Lisa Lambert, executive
director of the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, falsely compares
the screening of children and young adults for mental illness to that of
acting as a "check engine light" for parents to gauge if their children
have any problems. I'm sorry, growing up is a little more complicated
than this. On the other hand, mental health screening sets off alarms
when no alarm needs to be sounded.

It's time for parents all over this country to get in the front seat
when it comes to parenting their children and young adults. I find it
hard to believe a subjective mental health "questionnaire" can serve
somehow as a substitute parent. Something is seriously wrong when
460,000 Massachusetts children and young adults wake up one morning to
find out that they must now submit to a subjective mental health
screening at their next annual checkup.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...