Bringing the war in the classroom home to your doorstep

Did somebody say it’s jungle out there? It isn’t a jungle, it’s a war zone, especially in the public school system. Among the new disorders in the DSM-5, such as adult ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) , you will also find childhood PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) listed.

Just read between the lines on the first paragraph of this ABC News report, Psychiatry ‘Bible’ DSM-5 Will Add PTSD for Preschoolers, and imagine millions, perhaps billions, of shell-shocked kiddies returning home from their school day.

 When the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5, is published in May, a small section could alter the lives of millions of children.

Not to be alarmed, despite this potential sharp rise in the number of children labeled ‘off their rocking horses’, mental health professionals tell us they’ve got treatment, and that this treatment can be effective.

Small children develop PTSD at the same rate as adults — one in four — and the number of potential sufferers is vast, said Dr. Judith Cohen, a psychiatry professor at Drexel University’s College of Medicine.

I imagine we could just give children signs on their first day of class, basing children numbers on adult numbers, of course. Numbers, you know, don’t change. 1/4th of the students would receive a sign that read PTSD, and 3/4th of the students would receive signs that read NORMAL. The students with the signs that said PTSD could then automatically be enrolled in a treatment plan.

And yet because existing DSM criteria doesn’t apply to young children, and because of society’s tendency to idealize children as resilient, pre-schoolers aren’t getting the diagnoses they desperately need, [vice chairman of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tulane University, Dr. Charles] Zeanah [Jr.] said.

Children are idealized as resilient. Oh, that explains it! We don’t have the time to offer classes to parents, teachers, and children in ‘how to be more resilience’ then I guess. Notice, they desperately need diagnoses, too. You think so?

If you will excuse me, I think I’ve had enough of this nonsense, and so I think I’m going to return to my bunker for a little blissful shuteye. The prospect of a nation of shell-shocked children is just a little much for me to face head-on alone at the moment. I’ve got my own patch of green pasture that needs tending.

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3 Responses

  1. This is a problem that seems to grow by the day, and its hard to fight the enforcers in the system, the people with medical licenses, more economic advantage, and egomania about all the “help” they’re doling out. Its enough to make anyone feel tired. Raising awareness of the problem as lunatickfringe does is helpful.

    Thanks for sampling the quotes from the so-called “professionals” – “the pre-schoolers aren’t getting the diagnoses they desperately need” Oh really ?? Claiming that the emotional or behavioral states of youth is a problem-area at all is shadow punching.

    • Thanks for noticing, Orion. The quote you mention was irresistable, and most certainly part of my reason for bringing attention to this article in the first place. Selling treatments, means selling “illlnesses”, which means a heck of a lot of euphemistically “sick” children. We’ve got better things to do with our children than to call them “sick” for being children. Let’s start doing some of those better things. Want to do something about the increasing “mental illness” rate in this country? Get the mental health cops out of our schools! Stop selling “sickness”, by way of treatments, to the children in our nation’s schoools.

  2. Complex PTSD begins in childhood when a child experiences multiple traumas at an early age; such is the case when a child is subjected to abuse. The epigenetics of the situation affect the gene expression of the child and this can continue and be reinforced into adulthood. Clearly this needs to be nipped in the bud. However, I believe the best solution to the phenomenon is to place the child in a loving environment in which positive neural connections can be reinforced. Medication will not achieve this.

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