Sunday, February 03, 2008

How Teenage Rebellion Has Become a Mental Illness

http://www.alternet.org/story/75081/
How Teenage Rebellion Has Become a Mental Illness

By Bruce E. Levine, AlterNet. Posted January 28, 2008.

Big pharma has some new customers. Not complying with authority is now,
in many cases, labeled a disease.
For a generation now, disruptive young Americans who rebel against
authority figures have been increasingly diagnosed with mental illnesses
and medicated with psychiatric (psychotropic) drugs.

Disruptive young people who are medicated with Ritalin, Adderall and
other amphetamines routinely report that these drugs make them "care
less" about their boredom, resentments and other negative emotions, thus
making them more compliant and manageable. And so-called atypical
antipsychotics such as Risperdal and Zyprexa -- powerful tranquilizing
drugs -- are increasingly prescribed to disruptive young Americans, even
though in most cases they are not displaying any psychotic symptoms.

Many talk show hosts think I'm kidding when I mention oppositional
defiant disorder (ODD). After I assure them that ODD is in fact an
official mental illness -- an increasingly popular diagnosis for
children and teenagers -- they often guess that ODD is simply a new term
for juvenile delinquency. But that is not the case.

More here: http://www.alternet.org/story/75081/

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