“Malfunctioning brains” or rapacious drug company executives

It is amazing the extent to which the psychiatric pharmaceutical industrial complex plays upon people’s insecurities. Anxiety never was a illness, but don’t let your own anxieties spill into the ears of a psychiatrist if you don’t want to be labeled a ‘general anxiety disorder’ sufferer. Now, according to a recent study, girls at risk for depression have malfunctioning brains.

US News and World Report did a story on this study, Brain Glitch May Raise Some Girls’ Odds Of Depression.

Young girls at high risk for depression appear to have a malfunctioning reward system in their brains, a new study suggests.

You’d think they’d have the decency to wait until the girls got depressed before they started looking for broken parts.

The finding comes from research that included a high-risk group of 13 girls, aged 10 to 14, who were not depressed but had mothers who experienced recurrent depression and a low-risk group of 13 girls with no personal or family history of depression. Both groups were given MRI brain scans while completing a task that could result in either reward or punishment.

Note: The criteria for high-risk is having a ‘depressed’ mother. This is an odd version of visiting the sins of the parent’s on the children, isn’t it? I’d say that when you have a mother who relies on psychiatrists, a psychiatrized mother, an extra temptation exists to psychiatrize the kids as well.

Kids are a pain, and summer camp is over. Mom is worried. Hey, honey, I’ve got it; let’s send the kids off to the psychiatrist.

Of course, it’s the disease, acting just like any other physical disease, and nobody but nobody is responsible. A disease of the mind is biological in origin, even if this origin has never been found, and it is not subject to the laws of self-control and rationality. Responsibility would imply freedom of choice, and freedom of choice doesn’t come with a spin of the genetic roulette wheel.

Anybody who believes anything else is an evil stigmatizer.

These girls, according to this study, in the high-risk group had weaker neural responses during anticipation and receipt of reward. Little activity was seen in an area of the brain associated with reinforcing past experiences to assist learning.

The high-risk girls did have greater activation of this brain area when receiving punishment, compared with the other girls. The researchers said that this suggests that high-risk girls have an easier time processing information about loss and punishment than information about reward and pleasure.

Whoops. No smiley face. Doctor, she’s yours.

I would give these girls a few years for their brains to develop. Given a parent who is training them in the negatives of life experience, you know it’s going to be different than with a parent training in the positives. Oh, and I’d also keep them away from psychiatrists, and psychiatric researchers now that you mention it. Much of this research, as you must have noticed, is funded by the pharmaceutical industry.

See how easy the treatment rut is to fall inside. Getting out of it is another matter. We need to channel these girls towards success. Of course, it helps to have people who are concerned enough to see that this happens. Seeing ‘broken brains’ everywhere is not being concerned enough to see that this happens. Instead it is opening up a window of opportunity for drug companies to prey on a whole new generation of young people.