A fresh report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 20 percent of American children now have mental health issues.
Here are some of the report’s highlights:
- The most prevalent mental health diagnosis of children studied between the ages of three and 17 was Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), followed by depression, behavioral issues, and anxiety.
- Anxiety rates were considerably higher in this new study than data collected on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2001 to 2004.
- Suicide was the second leading cause of death among children aged 12–17 years in 2010. Of children who committed suicide, more than a quarter (26.4%) were receiving treatment for a mental health disorder.
- Children with health insurance had more ADHD and anxiety, whereas uninsured children were more likely to report substance use disorders.
- It is estimated nearly $247 billion is spent on childhood mental disorders each year.
The release of this study comes just months after President Obama signed 23 Executive Orders for gun control which involve a large focus on mental health issues in youth and referring adolescents to mental health treatment.
The CDC does admit it’s study’s limitations in the fine print:
“Changes in estimated prevalence over time might be associated with an actual change in prevalence, changes in case definition, changes in the public perception of mental disorders, or improvements in diagnosis, which might be associated with changes in policies and access to health care.”
So semantics and politics have a lot to do with the data on mental health diagnoses. As Mike Adams from Natural News reports, the new DSM-V psychiatry manual used by the majority of psychiatrists in this country has classified every human emotion as a mental disorder through what basically amounts to a laughably illegitimate process:
“Here’s how modern psychiatry really operates: A bunch of self-important, overpaid intellectuals who want to make more money invent a fabricated disease… By a show of hands, they then vote into existence whatever “symptoms” they wish to associated… Thus begins the call for “treatment” for a completely fabricated disease. From there, it’s a cinch to get Big Pharma to fabricate whatever scientific data they need in order to “prove” that speed, amphetamines, pharmaceutical crack or whatever poison they want to sell [will treat the disorder].”
A study published in the 2010 Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found a rise in the number doctor’s visits where children were being prescribed more than one psychotropic medication. The researchers concluded:
“Although little is known about the safety and efficacy of regimens that involve concomitant use of two or more psychotropic agents for children and adolescents, multiclass psychotropic pharmacy is becoming increasingly common in outpatient practice.”
In fact, one study even found the fast growing segment of the population to be described antidepressant medication was preschoolers. All told, America takes 60 percent of the world’s psychotropic drugs.
So, are we all just insane or is there something else to it? Why are so many Americans on psychotic medications and so many of our children in need of ‘treatment’ for mental health problems?