Thursday, October 23, 2008

"Disillusion and opportunity"

This editorial popped up in UK medical journal The Lancet recently. It had some good things to say, and I think is worth a read. (But then, I think we've established that I'm interested in this issue)

I particularly like these points:
"Between 1994 and 2003, the number of children in the USA diagnosed with bipolar disorder increased 40-fold. Are we pathologising normal feelings and behaviour? Worse, our methods locate the fault (typically presumed to be neurochemical or genetic) in the child—rather than the environments that create distress and misbehaviour."

"If psychiatry is to retain its claim to rationality, it must allow patients, including children, to be heard, and not merely drugged."

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