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‘Sick’ Psychiatrist Numbers Rising

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.

4 Responses

  1. If you told people in 1970 what’s going to happen in 2010 they’d laugh and say you were crazy.

    If you tell people in 2010 what is actually happening now they say you’re crazy but they’re not laughing.

    • Good one, Rod. Very quotable. You’ve got the makings for a great cartoon caption, in 2 frames perhaps.

      • Maybe it’s a masochistic and sadistic societal backlash of collective guilt and anger; using scapegoats and martyrs. A reaction against society’s perception of itself in the foolish and decadent post WW2 era.

        Like… “we drove gas guzzlers and we let our kids run wild in the ’60’s so now we have to atone”. It doesn’t have to make sense for this to be happening. There are many different types of people who for different reasons will either perpetrate or submit to something that makes no sense.

  2. Want gullibility? Read any mainstream piece on “mental illness”. Get inextricably bound up in that system, and you know gullibility on an even more intimate basis. I’m not amazed by our capacity for deception and self-deception at all because that’s a sure fired way to be deceived. Astounded is the ingenue and easy target.

    I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. It makes more sense to break out of a lunatic asylum/mental hospital than it does to break into one. If one visit to a hospital ER gets a person sent to a state hospital, a 2nd visit would be stupid, and a 3rd, well, rats learn in time, don’t they?

    In the hospital a person is taught to say, “I have a serious mental illness”. Some people never figure out this is only a ruse to get out of the hospital. Some people never figure out that once on the outside they don’t have to say, “I have a serious mental illness”. Some people are either very traumatized cough cough, or very stupid. Some people couldn’t find the front door if it wasn’t for a tug on their nose ring.

    Sense is what these community mental health facilities don’t have. If they did have sense, they’d be working with people in the community to get people re-integrated into that community rather than serving as an insulation from community. The parenthetical world is a lessened world.

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