Thursday, June 24, 2010
NAMI - scary
NAMI is getting seriously scary. It is aligning itself with childhood drugging. Excuse me, but how exactly are pediatricians qualified to conduct mental health screening? The kinds of problems they will be picking up will not be with the people who end up with a diagnosis of schizophrenia at 20, but rather with children who are presenting behavioral problems, usually with justifiable cause. NAMI should be lobbying for non-drug interventions, such as family counselling. Oops, I forgot. NAMI insists that mental illness is biochemical in nature, therefore guaranteeing an income stream to pharma while letting parents off the hook. Shame, shame.