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“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.

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  1. According to McGorrie, Australia with a population of maybe 25 million has a little over one million people aged between 12 and 25 with a “lifelong mental illness”, 24% of people aged 12 – 25. He contends that these people require psychiatric assessment now and will necessarily require scrutiny for the rest of their lives. Anxiety is the diagnosis for 14% of the age group and accounts for 58% of the 1 million diagnosed mentally ill.

    Suicide of young people is terrible but fortunately it occurs rarely.. But if you check out web sites, especially those run by bereaved parents, you can read the most terrible rubbish. And it’s cruel for me say that about someone who is bereaved.

    But McGorrie comes to the rescue by reassuring the parents that he has the answers.

    It’s the most terrible crap. Reading McGorries Orygen site is like reading creation science fundy websites. Pictures of kids hi-fiving and blowing out birthday candles, all that crap. A little bit of teenage language but written by an adult. It lowers the tone of the net such that a person might have second thoughts about operating an honest porn site.

    Check out http://tc.oyh.org.au/media/releases/101209 to read his pdf file which purports to have all the stats to justify both the funding and the kidnapping of a million Australians.

    • Most young people know anxiety, and the cure is experience. Most young people know folly, and the cure is wisdom. People learn to get a handle on their anxieties and insecurities by dealing with them. When you give people a pill for their anxieties and insecurities, those people are not dealing with them, they are only masking them. Remove the pill, and we’re back at square one. You have an anxious and foolish old person if the once young person has enough years under his or her belt. Talk ‘lifelong mental illness’, and you have ‘lifelong folly’ deprived of the wisdom that comes of experience. This experience in turn descends from the responsibility a person is allowed to tackle these matters on their own (i.e. without pills and PACT teams.)

      Suicide in the states can up the ‘mental illness’ rate. You get a number of suicides of young people at a place, and the response is to introduce ‘mental health screening’. Bad move. When people feel better about themselves they feel less inclined to kill themselves. When you deal with the quality of life issues that make people feel bad about themselves you are dealing with that one. When you try to catch more ‘mentally ill’ people, you are just making a bigger problem for everyone. Attaching a ‘mental illness’ label to a person is not going to make such a person feel better about him or herself. Given such a move, ultimately overall both the ‘mental illness’ and the suicide rates end up rising.

      We get a lot of this nonsense over here, too, and it is mostly this business of ‘mental illness’ rates. NAMI, the MHA, the NIMH, and other groups are responsible for spreading a lot of garbage confusing ‘minor mental health issues’ with ‘severe mental illness’. Anybody visiting a psychiatrist is an excuse to claim that ‘mental illness’ is pandemic, and we need to spend more and more money to deal with it. Problem: when you’re spending so much to get more people into the mental health system, you’re not spending so much to get more people out of the mental health system. A goal I would see as preferable.

  2. It’s like Brave New World. The government had at some stage decided that it was better that it be the parent of every human and the the decider and provider of every individuals needs. I betcha McGorrie read it as a kid. He either didn’t get it, in which case he is stupid and should be doing something else, or he does get it and he’s a monumental prick and should not be doing anything at all, including breathing.

    • Things have gotten Brave New World-ish indeed. In fact somebody needs to update Alduous Huxley by taking a good look at what’s going on today. Look, for instance, at the concept of medicalization:

      Medicalization (medical-ization) is the process by which human conditions and problems come to be defined and treated as medical conditions and problems, and thus come under the authority of doctors and other health professionals to study, diagnose, prevent or treat. The process of medicalization can be driven by new evidence or theories about conditions, or by developments in social attitudes or economic considerations, or by the development of new purported treatments. Medicalization is often claimed to bring benefits, but also costs, which may not always be clear. Medicalization is studied in terms of the role and power of professions, patients and corporations, and also for its implications for ordinary people whose self-identity and life-decisions may depend on the prevailing concepts of health and illness. Once a condition is classed as medical, a medical model of disability tends to be used rather than a social model. Medicalization may also be termed pathologization (from pathology), or in some cases disease mongering.
      ~from Medicalization

    • Brave New World had much better drugs than the trash shrinks peddle.

      • At the end of Brave New World you have a hanging body turning inside a lighthouse. Despite all the efforts made to claim people are doing something about mental health, you have issues concerning basic quality of life that go unaddressed. Nature has got all drugs beat cold from the start. Non-drug approaches to treatment are green environmentally friendly approaches to treatment. The typical desparate social reaction to successful suicide usually makes the overall matter worse. It’s sad to think how deeply prophetic Alduous Huxley’s polemic novel winds up being.

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