children americaThere is plenty of talk today about children being bullied, not fitting in socially, being assessed at school regularly and having trouble with other life problems.  This is so common that children are routinely treated for stress, anxiety and depression.  More and more children aged ten and under are being treated for these conditions.  This does not make sense. 

Depressed kids?  How can a child under the age of ten be “depressed” in the same way as an adult?  Sad due to loss? Of course, but unless there are some extreme circumstances, it doesn’t make sense that a child could experience the same sort of “depression” that an adult can.  A child isn’t mature enough and hasn’t lived life long enough to experience that kind of “depression.”  Ignoring this logic, psychiatrists have decided that young children can be that kind of “depressed” and need to be treated with drugs. 

The truth is we all experience life’s ups and downs, even children.  The emotions of life’s ups and downs do not equate to being “mentally ill.”  “Depressed” kids, kids experiencing anxiety and stress, are things you hear about because the field of mental health has decided to put it there.  They are putting it there so that they can profit from it, just like they are putting it there that a kid that doesn’t sit still has ADHD.  They falsely claim that a chemical balance in the brain exists, but they are only putting that there in hopes of obtaining credibility. 

One needs to look at the changes in society in the past fifty years to see how this came to be.  It used to be that the mother was able to stay home while the father went off to work.  Kids spent most of their time outside playing.  Whether it was riding a bike or playing kick the can, kids got plenty of exercise.  Regardless of what you read today, there’s always been a bully or mischievous kid around.  Social or academic issues were handled at home or with the teacher.  Parents and teachers had more time to handle children.  Generally, life’s ups and downs were handled with discipline and care and pretty much everybody turned out all right.  “Depressed” kids did not exist. 

Today, we have electronics galore and kids are not getting much exercise but are attached to their phones, televisions or computers.  Social media is a huge part of their lives and this can have a very negative effect.  Often both parents must work and teachers have too many kids in their classes.  The age where kids start experimenting with drugs, alcohol or sex today can be as low as twelve.  Adults don’t have as much time for children today so before you know it a child can be quickly directed to a mental health professional for unnecessary treatment. 

Psychiatrists have totally infiltrated society, taking advantage of the ongoing development of our pill-popping-need-a-quick-fix mentality.  Dangerous mind-altering drugs with potentially serious, if not fatal side effects are a standard method of treatment.  “Mental disorders” have close to tripled in the past fifty years.  It is no wonder that it has been decided that “depressed” kids are a target for treatment. 

The truth that needs to be known is that psychiatrists are not experts on the mind in any way shape or form.  They have no scientific test to prove any “mental disorder” even exists.  They have no pathological tools, yet they say “mental illness” is biological and must be treated just like any medical condition.  They say their diagnosis is an objective statement of fact, but it is not.  Observing symptoms are open to interpretation, variation and bias.  

If this isn’t convincing enough consider this:   Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is an example of a “mental disorder.”  This is diagnosed by the number of times a child says no to his parents!  How can anyone be taken seriously let alone considered to be an expert of the mind based on this ridiculous guideline?  How can the number of times a child says no be a determining factor in a child’s mental state?  It can’t.  This isn’t science, but it is insanity.  Would you want your child diagnosed based on this criteria?  

The bottom line is that without any blood test, urine test, x-ray or the like, a psychiatric diagnosis is unscientific, unhelpful and unnecessary.  In fact, Britain’s Division of Clinical Psychology is calling for abandoning psychiatric diagnoses.  It is clear that what is needed is to examine the child’s environment and his circumstances.  It is vital to look for a physical cause of  the problem as well.  These are the areas where answers and solutions lie.  Psychiatric drugs are not needed to alter his brain and certainly not to treat “depressed” kids. 

Kids are being diagnosed with “depression,” anxiety and stress only so they can be put on mind-altering drugs which mean more money for psychiatrists, drug companies and research.  It is easy to sympathize with their story of the sad state of society and what children have to cope with these days.  It is easy to fall for their aim of early intervention so that children don’t supposedly grow up stressed and anxious, leading to serious mental health problems.  Unless there is an unbiased study proving life’s ups and downs lead to mental health problems later, early intervention just means getting kids on drugs sooner rather than later for profit.  

Given the above information, you can read through the lines when psychiatry says that by 2030 depression is going to be the biggest health problem in the Western world.  They say it is vital to act now and take responsibility for all those “depressed” kids under stress and provide support and treatment for them when they need it.  They say it is time to increase mental health budgets so that more mental health services can be provided.  The smoke and mirrors sound good, but this is just a promotion for more customers.  Rather than increasing budgets, slashing them to zero would be more help to “depressed” kids than anything else. 

Instead, what is needed is that the adults in children’s lives take on an active role as possible to make sure their children get enough care and attention. Of course there are children that are experiencing more than everyday troubles.  If that is the case then do some research and get to the source of the problem.  Good nutrition, plenty of exercise and limited electronics will go a long way as a preventive measure.  Get your child a thorough physical exam to detect any physiological problems that may be causing “mental” problems.  

 It doesn’t matter if the problem is bad behavior at home or school, lack of concentration, social issues, anxiety or “depression.”  Children need help from the adults in their lives, not from the psychiatric community.   All they have to offer are dangerous drugs which only harm and don’t help.