The Real Problems

The All Too Real Problems Youth Face are Not Mental Illness or Subjective

Many of our youth’s problems can be traced to an incorrect diagnosis of the problem.

Some years ago Washington Kids Count release a report that revealed many of the problems that underlie the difficulties children are having, including broken homes, unwanted children, failing education, hunger and poor health, drug and alcohol drug abuse, and basic poverty.

But instead of calling for an address of these issues the report called for more money for mental health services and programs to “educate” the public. In this way a mentoring program for children, for example, gets replaced with psychiatric screening and a visit to the local psychiatrist.

This is part of what psychiatrist Allen Francis refers to as the “wholesale medical imperialization of normality.” Dr. Francis has been particularly critical of the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual that is soon to be released

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