Why TeenScreen (mental health screening) is a terrible idea

Given the recent trend toward prescribing powerful, profitable and potentially harmful psychiatric medications to children in the U.S., I fear that TeenScreen and similar programs may end up hurting more children than they help. Here’s some background information, most of which comes from Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in American (Crown 2010), a book by the journalist Robert Whitaker that I have mentioned previously.

In memorium

My brother gave me the CD with this song shortly before he died. I can't listen to it without crying, though the sadness is also a good memory now. This song speaks of the loss of a loved one.

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