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Meet . . .

Madness, then, has a job to do, that is, to conceal our dark secret, so that we have an excuse for failing to live up to our expectations and for setting aside one or more of the tasks of life—working, communing, mating. The function of absurd rituals—madness—is thus concealment.                                         D. W. Keirsey

You may know him as the world-renowned author of Please Understand Me, Please Understand Me II, and his recent seminal work, Personology.  If you don’t, you should.  You can read more about David Keirsey here.  You can also go to his website here.  And you can visit his blog too.  Yes, at 91, he has a blog, here.  If that weren’t enough, believe it or not, his newest work – a treatise on madness – will be released soon.  It will be, I believe, historic.

I first met David West Keirsey 30 years ago.  He was my first professor at Cal State Fullerton.  I was 37 years old, a father of four, in my profession for about 8 years.  I had a middle management position at a Mental Health facility for children in Corona, California.  I wasn’t expecting much from school.  I just wanted to get my Masters degree and get out.

Well, much to my surprise, that first class – the only class I took from him – was life altering.  Like no one else I heard before or since – I’ve been a lifelong critic of educators and what they call education – this professor made sense.  The best part was that he didn’t speak psychobabble.  After 8 years in the business I had my fill of psychobabble.

I used to stand at the doorway of his office at school and ask him questions.  Why?  Because of his answers, that’s why.  Those answers, by the way, changed the way I did my business from then until now.  I’ll be talking about those useful answers – and a lot more – in future blogs.

For now, here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote a few years ago. It‘s about that first class.  (See Your Kids Aren’t Sick here.)

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.  .  .  My first class in my first semester was counseling 735.  It was also the last class for Dr. David Keirsey before he retired from a long career.  He had already written Please Understand Me with Marilyn Bates.  Since then he has written several other books, including his seminal work, Please Understand Me II.  He is the preeminent temperament theoretician in the world.  If you want to understand human behavior, and yourself, read this book.  Millions of others have, around the planet.

 As the Department Head for the Counseling/Psychology Department he developed a unique program based on the practice of doing therapy rather than learning the various theories of therapy.  He was also a walking bibliography when it came to the history and evolution of human psychology.  That made it easy for me.  Why go through all the pain of reading this stuff if he already had, I reasoned to myself.  Better to see if he had anything worth saying.

 Turns out he did.  A number of things.  A few that changed my entire view of psychology, including an orientation to Holistic Theory that I will reserve for another time.  It was at one of his initial lectures that my ear perked for the first time.  There were only fifteen of us in the class, so it was comfortable.

He somehow got onto the subject of medicating children.  Before academia, he had a career as a child psychologist.  He worked with troubled kids in a variety of settings.  He had an opinion.  He expressed it, and when someone pressed him as to what, exactly, did he mean, he turned, looked at his student, and declared:

 “I said I think it (the practice of medicating children), should be criminalized.”

 Did I hear him right?  Did he just say that giving these chemicals to children should be against the law?  Yes he did.  I sat up in my chair.  He didn’t sound at all like that doctor from UCLA.  If I were hearing him right, he would have had that doctor locked up.

This was affirming.  Though he was unknown to me, this was Dr. David Keirsey, Clinical Psychologist, and the head of the Counseling Psychology Department at Cal State Fullerton .  .  .

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So, thirty years later, about a year after retiring, I thought I’d look him up.  Maybe he was still around, I wondered, and maybe he could answer a few more questions, I hoped.  I was able to locate his son, Dr. David Mark Keirsey – an accomplished scientist himself – and he gave me his father’s email address.

I was delighted to find out that not only was he around, he was available.  I asked to see him, and for the past several months I’ve been meeting with him every week.  Our four-hour conversation usually begins with him asking “any questions?” to which I eagerly reply “yes.”

It’s a little different now though.  He’s not just my old professor anymore.  He is, I’m proud to say, my friend.

If you continue to follow this blog, it’s very likely you will hear a lot more about David West Keirsey.

Meet . . .

There I was, minding my own business, when someone sent me a “link.”  People are always sending me links.  Especially when it comes to the abuse of chemicals.

There are a growing number of like-minded professionals who are opposed to the medical model, and that means we’re opposed to all those ridiculous chemicals.  I’m an active member in one organization (ISEPP:here), and I’m on the email list of a few others. I’ve also had a career spanning five decades, and my professional opinion and practice is well known among those who worked with and for me.

So, as often as once or twice a day, I’ll get an email from a friend or colleague or organization that will link me to a “study,” or to an individual, or to an organization that either furthers our cause, or stands in the way of our cause.  I’m used to “links.”

This was different.  It had an impact on me.  So much so that now I’m “linking” you.

In a matter of six minutes Eleanor Longden – there’s a video below – dismantled the medical model and the “medication” that goes with it.  On top of that, she emphatically “cured” schizophrenia – her own – and she turned her “disease” into what it really is –  metaphorical insight.

This is Eleanor Longden, the first and one of the most significant “psychiatric survivors” you will meet.  If you have an extra six minutes, use them here:

(Eleanor is a member of the Hearing Voices Network.  You can learn more about HVN here.)

Eleanor calls herself a “voice-hearer.”

I call her courageous.

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 NOTE:  I have been working on a story that I’ll publish soon about a little girl I counseled a few years ago.  Evie was also hearing a voice – just one.  One can be more than enough for a 14 year old living in a mental health facility.  There was a good ending to her story too.  It’s called “Goth Girl.”    – Dr. C

Meet . . .

“Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.”    – Thomas Szasz

Dr. Thomas Szasz recently celebrated his 92 birthday.  He hasn’t slowed down a bit.

Born to Jewish parents in Budapest, Hungary, on April 15, 1920, young Thomas moved to the United States when he was 18 years old.  He was awarded his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, and he did his residency at Cincinnati General Hospital.  Since then – except for the 24 months he served on active duty in the United States Navy – Szasz has been an historic – and heroic – figure in the continuing battle to bring common sense back to psychiatry.  He has written dozens of books and papers revealing this false “science.”  You can see more of his lifelong works at his website here.

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Men are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope to drift safely through life’s currents, when, actually, the boat is stuck on a sandbar. They would be better off to rock the boat and try to shake it loose.”    – Thomas Szasz

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Dr. Szasz wrote his first exposé –  The Myth of Mental Illness – in 1960.  He has written dozens of books and papers in the past half century.  Perhaps you’d like to hear from him directly.  Below is a 3-minute video of Dr. Thomas Szasz:

Since 1990 Dr. Szasz has been Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York and the leading critic of “modern” psychiatry.  On behalf of like-minded colleagues and nonprofessionals, Dr. Szasz, we salute you.

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“People often say that this person is or that person has not yet found himself.  But the self is not something that one finds. It is something one creates.”    – Thomas Szasz

 

 

Here’s Something . . .

The Judge Rotenberg Center 

Artist: Kim Noble 

The JRC

Have you ever heard of the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC)?  Probably not.  They are, well, infamous to most of us in the profession.

The JRC has been around for nearly 40 years.  About 20 years ago they started doing something only they can do.  I’ll show you a link to their site a little further down, but first let me tell you a little more about the JRC.  You likely won’t believe it.

Believe It

What’s are the chances, in 2012, that American children are being electrified on a daily basis by “professionals,” sanctioned by medical doctors, with the written permission of their parents, in a facility that charges $220,000 a year for their services?  The chances are excellent if you visit the Judge Rotenberg Center.

The GED (no – it’s not about high school!)

It’s called a Graduated Electronic Decelerator (GED).  It was “invented” by the founder of JRC “to administer the skin-shocks by remote control through electrodes worn against the skin.”   You read it right.  It’s strapped onto a child who has been continually defiant to the adults who care for him.  Take a look:

They strap this “device” to children and zap them from a distance when they don’t do what they are told.  The “inventor,” a psychologist, had the GED patented, and he found medical doctors who called it a “procedure.”

How to “Psycho-Babble” Torture

First, call it “therapy.”  You can call anything “therapy.” You already know that.  Second, use the word “aversive” instead of painful.  It sounds more “scientific.”  Third, find doctors to proclaim this is a “medical procedure,” charge an exorbitant amount of money for this offensive bodily invasion, and invoke the child’s “disease” as the “clinical justification” for this “treatment necessity.”  Finally,  blame the child – and often the family – for the terrible, long-term results when they go bad.  And they always go bad.

The actual “psycho-babble” that justifies this medieval torture?  Here:  “Aversion therapy is a form of psychological treatment in which the patient is exposed to a stimulus while simultaneously being subjected to some form of discomfort.  The “stimulus” they mention is the electric jolt. The “discomfort” is the pain that immediately follows the electric jolt.  (See more about Aversion Therapy here.)

These professionals certainly know this is a “controversial technique.”  However, they say, given everyone’s past failures with different programs and chemicals, at least they have the “courage” to use the GED because, “it works, dammit!  It just works!”  I imagine if I was so inclined, I could use  this device on one of those “professionals” and have them clucking like a chicken in less than 10 minutes – because “it works, dammit!  It just works!”  What do you think?

The Parents

Who are among the most ardent, vocal supporters of JRC?  Who defends this “practice” with a fervor?  Who stands up in court and testifies under oath that JRC has done wonders for their child?  Who writes lavish testimonials thanking the Center for electrifying their child?

The parents of these children do.

Because they have been mislead and duped for years by all those professionals with all those letters after their names.  Because the people who were supposed to help their child a long time ago failed miserably.  Because they trusted the professionals who filled their child full of chemicals.  Because parents know chemicals made everything worse.  Because, at least at JRC, they don’t use chemicals.

Because these parents have “tried everything else.”

Because they are told repeatedly from the very beginning by a laundry list of professionals their child is “severely handicapped.”

Because they can’t be wrong about this too.  Not this time.  They love their children dearly.  They just can’t be wrong about this too.

Regardless of their honest, heartfelt intentions and the failures by the trusted professionals in their lives, parents do not have the right to sanction someone else to abuse their child anymore than they are allowed to abuse their child themselves.

See for Yourself

Please go here to see the JRC website if you like.  Google Judge Rotenberg Center and you’ll find lots of information about their historic, ongoing court battles.  The JRC has an annual budget of 56 million dollars.  Read about the lawsuit that was just settled in April of 2012 here.  You can also read about another mother who is just now suing, also as of April 2012, here.

The UN is on Board

Just a few days ago (June 2012) the UN – that’s right, the United Nations – decided to make a statement. Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, told the Guardian of London he is “very concerned,” about the use of electric shocks as aversive treatment on children with disabilities at JRC.

“I feel very strongly that electricity applied to a person’s body creates a very extreme form of pain. There are a lot of lingering consequences including mental illness that can be devastating,” Mendez said.  You can see this whole story here.

A Petition

There’s a petition online.  I signed it months ago.  Please consider signing it as well. See it here.

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It’s 2012, and there are some powerful adults using electricity to manage kids in these United States.

It’s something . . .  you should know.

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*EDITOR’S NOTE:  

On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 3 days after this blog was posted, the leadership of the Massachusetts House of Representatives chose not to support a bill that would ban the use of electric shocks on disabled people in the state.

Massachusetts remains, apparently staunchly so, the only state in the country where this unthinkable abuse is legally protected by its constituents.

YKAS 3: Culture of Chemicals

We are addicted to our chemicals, you and me, and that’s a problem.  Not just for you or me.  It’s a problem for our kids.  Equipped from birth to imitate us, what do we show them?

Got a headache?  Grab an aspirin or an ibuprofen, or something else for pain.  We have many choices.  Seems harmless enough.  And it is – most of the time.  After all, they sell “baby aspirins” for babies.  They seem to work too, if given properly, and not too much.  Makes sense.  A headache isn’t, really, behavior.  The chemical we take works on our physical body, right?

Sometimes, though, when we’re too tense, or there’s too much stress in our life at the moment, a headache – or a backache, or a soreness somewhere else in your body – can occur.  We say it’s “stress-related.”  That’s what our doctors, friends and family members will tell us.  Even in the modern world, stress and tension affects all of us.  You too?

We’ve found out, over time, that some kind of sedative – a Xanax or two – will give us relief – and if we plan on it, we probably won’t need an aspirin for pain.  Pain relief is important, of course.  Relief allows us to get on with the day, minus the headache, backache, or soreness.  It’s something going on in human tissue – maybe our blood vessels are “constricted,” maybe our muscles are “tense,” or maybe we just need to calm down.  Anyway, it doesn’t matter.  The pill seems to help.

Maybe you know someone who’s been in a funk for a while.  You’re informed.  Why not give a friend a Valium if you think it will help her?  After all, why suffer the “symptoms” of this “disease” when relief is a pill away?  No need to go to a doctor, except for that damn prescription.  You know your friend is depressed.  You know her story.  She needs a “boost” to get over the funk.  It’s obvious.

Or, instead of sharing your chemicals, you provide your own diagnosis, and you make a referral.

“Bob, you’re bi-polar.  Maybe you need some medication.  It’s really helped me.  Please call my doctor.”

Bob does.  The psychiatrist provides the right diagnosis within the first ten minutes, he suggests a chemical, and Bob agrees.  Bob says he finds comfort in that pill. He becomes convinced he has a “chemical imbalance” of some kind, and the fix is in.

Not only is Bob relieved of his symptoms, he is now among the informed, and an advocate.  Why wouldn’t he be?  By the way, Bob’s doctor has a host of chemicals to “treat” bi-polar disorder.  There are 52 to choose from, including Zyprexa, Zoloft, Wellburtrin, Tegretol, Seroquel, Risperdal, Lexapro, Geodon, Effexor, Depakote, Abilify – and 41 others.  (See the rest here)

Maybe you had a recent tragedy you can’t seem to get over.  There’s relief for you at the drug store too.  Oddly enough, if one of your problems is abusing an illegal chemical, you can find a legal chemical to help you shake your chemical addiction.

There are chemicals, we are told by our doctors, for anxiety, depression, too much activity, or not enough activity.  There are mood elevators, mood depressants, and chemicals for hallucinations.  You can get a chemical to help with bedwetting, obsessing or compulsing too much, as well as lack of hunger or too much hunger.  Chemicals are sold to help you sleep, to mute your aggression, or to help you with social isolation.

And, ladies, there’s more to come, though you’ll have to have a “disease” if you want the chemical.  Big Pharma companies are sprinting as fast as they can to be the first to offer a chemical to “treat” the recently created new “disease”:  Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder in Women.  (Don’t believe it?  Check it out here.)

It’s the race to develop “female Viagara,” and Big Pharma is drooling.

The prize goes to the first one to get approval by the FDA.  It will be worth billions worldwide, and it’s a business response to customer demand.  After all, if men can have Viagara, why can’t women have something too?  You will.  I’m confident you’ll have many choices from which to choose.  “Love Potion #9” seems like it might be a good name – and a big seller.  Look for the ads.

For some convoluted but alarmingly convincing reasons, we have, in the past 25 years in particular, gotten accustomed to going to a medical doctor for help for behavioral problems, as if difficult behavioral problems are medical in nature.  They are not, but it really doesn’t matter.  There is relief found in those chemicals.  Even when there isn’t, at least you’re “in treatment.”  You have an imbalance of some kind, and you feel better taking your chemicals.

Psychiatrists are more than willing to help, of course.  There’s no pretense anymore.  You see a psychiatrist, and a psychiatrist sees you, to prescribe you a chemical to relieve your discomfort.  You go to someone else for therapy.  More than that, you soon become a disciple, adept at diagnosing and prescribing all at the same time.

The chemicals seem to work so well, we reason, we should give them to our children.  After all, we give them chemicals for the flu or asthma, why not for their “disorders.”  And it’s on the rise.  The use of chemicals to address these false “diseases” has risen four fold in 20 years.  No cures, mind you.  Just lots of “diseases,” and lots and lots of chemicals.

You may have to lower your expectations too, just a little bit.  Many believe children with these “diseases” are “handicapped” or “disabled.”  Maybe you believe it’s true too.

It isn’t, of course.  It’s nonsense.  Your kids aren’t sick.

Selling chemicals is a business. You, me – and our kids – are customers.

NEXT YKAS ESSAY:  The Business of Selling Chemicals

(NOTE:  I recently published an article I wrote back in 1988.  It was about the growing chemical culture nearly a quarter century ago.  It’s eerily relevant.  When you can, please see The Era of Chemicals – Redux.   – RC)

A brief interlude . . .

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I’m learning about blogs, bloggers, and blogging.

Experienced bloggers, I’ve been told over and over, are on Facebook and Twitter.  I didn’t know this.  So, I asked my circle of friends, family and colleagues:  how do I get this done?  Who’s the best person I found to help me with Facebook and Twitter?  Who has the skills, experience and knowledge to assist me with these marvelous 21st Century communication tools that are used worldwide?  After a careful process of elimination, it was clear my 13-year-old grandson Vincent is the person up to the task.  So, I’ll be working with him, and I’ll be “tweeting” and ” facebooking” soon.

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I have a number of essays planned that will be part of the “Your Kids Aren’t Sick” (YKAS) series.  As you know by now, this is a story about “modern psychiatry” and the growing travesty committed on our children.  Like any chronicle, there’s order to it.  I’ll call these blog entries YKAS 1, YKAS 2, and so one.  The next one in the series will be YKAS 3:  Our Chemical Culture, later this week.

By the way, about this subject, I just published an article at BestThinking called The Era of Chemicals – Redux.   I wrote it 24 years ago and it’s been hanging around in my computer since.  It’s about our chemical culture as I saw it in the late 1980’s.  I’m sorry to report it’s still true, and then some.  You can read it here.

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This sub-title of this blog is “. . . and it’s not their genes either.”  I published another article this week at the same site about genes and behavior.  The Gene Fool is about the myth you may be participating in about genetics.  You likely think human behavior is “influenced,” or “caused” by your genes.  Most people agree with you.  Don’t be a gene fool.  You can read about that here.

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There will be two new additions to the blog.  Meet . . . will be an introduction to someone I think you should meet.  The second will be You should know . . . and it will be, surprisingly enough, about something I think you should know.

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Finally, I’ll be blogging about temperament and children.  If your kids aren’t sick, and it’s not their genes either, what is it?  The short answer:  temperament.   This began as the Kids Korner in YKAS 1.  I’ve since changed the name to Kid Forms (KF).  I’ll be blogging KF 2 soon.  In case you forgot, here are the four forms of childhood temperaments:

Thanks.

Dr. C

YKAS 2: It’s Gotten Much Worse

You may wonder why I do this.

Well, first, I’m a child advocate. There are millions of us, so I don’t claim special recognition. I suspect you are too.

Thirty years ago, however, when I became the Director for a new CASA program, a prudent judge taught me an advocate (a guardian ad litem in court) speaks not for children and their rights – many others do that – and instead an advocate speaks the words children would speak, if they could speak for themselves. Those are distinctly different perspectives. So, from their perspective, in their voice, our children would like to speak to us, to ask this question:

“Why do you give us so many chemicals for what seems to us to be regular ‘growin’-up’ behaviors? We’d like an explanation.

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Worrisome “mental health issues,” and other such dreadful terms, provides adults with what appears to be a thoughtful rationale for why a child is doing too much of one behavior, or not enough of another, usually at the wrong time, and in front of the wrong people.  It’s the extremes of childhood behavior that garner attention from adults, and for the past quarter century, like never before, we give them chemicals to bring them back to the “norm.”

Activity is okay, but not too much activity, and certainly not while in the classroom. Sadness?  Sadness is all right. It’s a common, childhood emotion. We all know that. We all know kids get sad. After all, you were a kid too. You know sadness, still.

Yet, when your child is sad too long, or when sadness is too intense, or when you’ve heard from your child’s school about their concern, quicker than you ever expected someone “comes up with a diagnosis.”  The same someone – or someone else – recommends you see a doctor, you do, and the doctor prescribes a chemical.

What you thought was sadness is depression you’re told, and depression means medical treatment. An experienced doctor will explain to you in as much detail as he can make you can understand – it’s all sounds so “scientific” – that your child has a “disease” or “disorder.” That’s the bad news. But wait. There is “good news” too. The doctor says you can worry less now because, finally, “we all know, at last, your child has a ‘disease’ that can be ‘treated.'”  You’re reassured, you thank the doctor for his “medicine,” and you give it to your child.

While sadness may be hard to treat – because sadness takes time and patience to go away – depression is a snap, as long as the right doctor can find just the right chemical in just the right dose. Never mind the pills don’t work. That’s why there are all those “med adjustments” along the way.

Those pills aren’t working as well as they used to, so says your doctor a few weeks later, because “the disease is so severe” or “we haven’t found the right dose” or “we need to try to a different chemical” or “we need to add a chemical to offset the ‘side effects’ that are blocking progress.”

To your dismay, many times you become a problem too as you begin to question results. You say you noticed some improvement the first week or two or three, but not anymore. At least, you’re told, you know what the problem is, and problems take time. But you’re not nearly satisfied. To whom do you turn to now?

Welcome, dear parent, to the Psychiatric Medical Model (PMM).

Unwanted behavior is “caused” by your child’s chemicals, and the solution is more fabricated chemicals. And, as you may already know, once you’re child is part of the PMM, it’s very difficult to get out. You may be accused of being “in denial” if you seek other ways to help your child. You also know you can’t really complain too much anyway. After all, this is medicine – at least you’re convinced of that much by now – and you don’t know about medicine. That’s why you went to a doctor in the first place.

Would you like to know the overall results of the PMM since it’s intrusion into the Medical Model 40 years ago? That’s easy. In a word: miserable.

The number of “psychiatric diseases” has increased by 1000% in 50 years (more than 400 new “diseases” since the 1950’s), and there’s not been a single cure. None. Ever. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) doesn’t even bother to make the claim. It’s members will boldly tell you they treat diseases, they don’t fix diseases. Period.

How bad is this “epidemic?” Very bad, if you are to believe to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a long time publicly-financed advertiser for Big Pharma: “Mental disorders are common in the United States, and in a given year approximately one quarter of adults are diagnosable for one or more disorders.” (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/statistics/1ANYDIS_ADULT.shtml)

Of the 260 million adults in our country, the “scientists” at NIMH want you to believe 65 million adults have a “mental disorder.” This absurd claim, in the richest, most privileged nation on earth, goes without serious challenge, except for a few. And, dear reader, please keep in mind: there are no fixes to be found in the PMM. They offer you pills to ease “symptoms” only.

I must ask: Do you think one of every four people you know is “diagnosable?”

As parents, we want to make sure our children are receiving the best care available for their discomforts – of any kind – and we are encouraged to look to our trusted medic for relief. When it’s about yourchild’s behavior – of any kind – I will do my best to convince you this is a mistake. I’ll have a lot of help too, so you won’t have to take my word for it.

There’s another reason I do this.

After nearly 40 years in the profession, I’ve lost faith in academia and the varied professionals they’ve trained in the past several decades. Common sense has been hijacked by psychiatry.

Our country’s therapists, teachers, aides, social workers, and nearly all other child-care professionals attend endless workshops and seminars about the wonders of these chemicals.  They often become “state-of-the-art” experts in this “science,” and very vocal supporters.

As a result, it is increasingly less likely children exhibiting troubled or troublesome behaviors will be treated with words alone. Chemicals are seen, at the least, as a necessary supplement to treatment. If, as they are trained, they are right and chemicals really do address an underlying “disease,” then it would be professional malfeasance to deny parents the “benefits” of these chemicals for their children.

That, dear parent, is a big, big problem.

You see, professionals are ethically bound to help our children, by oath and personal conviction, and for most of them, that includes the use of all those chemicals. That makes them complicit in this false belief, yet morally on solid ground. They consider naysayers like me – and others – as heretics. Try to point out their misplaced loyalty to this false science and it’s undeniable, abject failure, and you’ll be met with scorn.

Scorn be damned.  As you’ll see, many of my colleagues publish in the right periodicals, they do detailed research, write remarkable books that expose the lack of science done by “Big Pharma,” they categorically expose the toxic nature of these harmful chemicals, they are dedicated, they are angry and frustrated, and some have done this for a lifetime. In my own way, I too have been in this uphill battle for nearly 40 years.

Our net results to date? What’s the “track record” for us psychiatric “naysayers” and how does that compare to the results of the PMM? Well, that requires two words: Equally miserable.

The only thing that has happened in the past 20 years is that the number of people taking psychotropic chemicals has quadrupled. And our kids? There are now more than eleven million children – eleven million – out of 50 million teens, pre-teens, toddlers and infants (yes, toddlers and infants) – who now are given these toxic chemicals. And the numbers are increasing. (http://www.chaada.org/Page3.html)

So, you can see, as I mentioned in the beginning – it’s gotten much worse.

Finally, let’s not forget the question our children raised at the beginning of this blog:

“Why do you give us so many chemicals for what seems to us to be regular ‘growin’-up’ behaviors?

They’re waiting for our explanation.  In order to do so, we’ll have to look at ourselves first.

NEXT YKAS ESSAY: Culture of Chemicals

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from birth to adulthood, a kid is a kid

After some thought and conversation, it makes more sense to do two posts. One for Your Kids Aren’t Sick (YKAS), and another for the Kids Korner (KK). More details will follow.

Thanks. Dr. C