Childhood Mental Illness In The USA
ADHD children 1950: 0
ADHD children 1985: 500,000
ADHD children 2009: 6,250,000
Bipolar children 1995: 0
Bipolar children today: 2,500,000
SMD children 2010: 0
TDD children 2010: 0
(These figures are approximations. I’m taking the numbers from neurologist Dr. Fred Baughman who would estimate the numbers for ADHD today at between 5 and 7 million children. He estimates the childhood bipolar disorder number to be somewhere between 2 and 3 million children.)
Severe Mood Dysregulation and Temper Dysregulation Disorder with Dysporia are shoo-ins for acceptance into the upcoming DSM-5 it would seem. Not to worry. Pharmaceutical companies are frantically searching for the perfect drug to better manage these future conditions at this very moment.
Red Orbit has an article on the subject, Bipolar Diagnosis in Children Often Harmful.
Troubled children diagnosed with bipolar disorder may fare better with a different diagnosis, according to researchers at The Hastings Center.
It is my feeling that it is often troubled parents that get troubled children into deep therapy.
It is difficult to diagnose psychiatric disorders in children, [Eric] Parens and [Josephine] Johnston write, and many children receiving bipolar diagnoses exhibit behaviors that do not closely fit the disease’s criteria. “Using new labels such as SMD or TDD reflects that physicians do not yet know exactly what is wrong with these children or how to treat it,” said Johnston. “Facing up to this uncertainty could lead to better treatment recommendations and more accurate long-term prognosis.” A new diagnostic category would also help reframe the research agenda.
Maybe the psychiatric police should be looking for what’s right with these kids rather than what’s wrong.
I would like to take this moment to re-propose the existence of the Over Diagnosis Over Prescription Disorder that is obviously at epidemic proportions among psychiatrists these days. These doctors desparately need our help! They need this help even if they don’t know how to ask for it. Despite the fact that the identification of the ODOPD has met with much resistance from certain academic and professional circles, I feel certain that given enough time there is no way that people can continue to deny the existence of this very serious disease. Although it is extremely doubtful that recognition of the disorder will make its way into the next version of the DSM, if we keep the pressure up, the disorder is sure to find a place in some future revision of the manual.
Filed under: ADHD, Biological Psychiatry, Children and Adolescents, DSM, Health Care, History, Mental Health Care, Mental Health Screening, Misdiagnosis, Pharmaceutical Company, Psychiatric Drugs, Research