Rent Seeking In The Psych Ward

Children should be screened for anxiety disorders to prevent them developing severe mental problems in later life.

Says who?

… according to Professor Hans Ulrich Witten, lead author of study of the state of Europe’s mental health.

Ah. Right. I guess that explains a lot…

The incidence of depression has doubled since the 1970s and the average age at onset has fallen from the mid-twenties to the late teens as adolescents lost their sense of security in a changing world, Professor Witten said.

Or as people cottoned on to the increasing medicalisation of perfectly normal human emotions, perhaps?

Professor Witten said: “We screen for dental caries [decay] – why not for anxiety, … because the potential treatments are so effective?”

Oh, the potential for billable hours is just endless, isn’t it, doc?

Maybe Tim’s right, and it’s the EU that’s making us crazy?

However, Professor Thomas Insel, director of the US National Institute for Mental Health cast doubt on screening for anxiety. He said: “To get a risk calculator for anxiety we need biomarkers– and we don’t have them yet.”They would, however, become available over the next decade, he added.

Welcome to the Brave New World.

5 comments for “Rent Seeking In The Psych Ward

  1. Patrick Harris
    September 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    And if, in 11 years time, zey do exhibit mental problems maybe he can do experiments on them – Heil.

  2. September 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Europe’s mental health? Better look at the German Health Ministry’s recommendation for paedophilia before they go any further.

  3. P T Barnum
    September 6, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Oh joy, oh rapture.

    Amongst the ex-government’s “finest” achievements was to insert into mental health services more layers of half-baked treatment-by-tick box primary “care” staffed by woolly-minded social workers manque. I watched a largely quietly efficient out-patients’ service decimated and turned into a circus staffed by such living parodies as Janice, with her shaggy hair, patchouli oil, ankle-length skirts and ethnic blousons, and the IQ of a rather thick cauliflower cheese. (HMG also paid an eyewatering £3.5 million for a ridiculous computerised CBT when better and free versions are available. Having been compelled to enroll on it on pain of being discharged, I amused myself by answering the questions about my activities with ‘committed mass murder’ or ‘contracted the black death’ whereupon the calm and reassuring voice would enquire how I felt about doing that.)

    So the notion that the UK’s mental health system could deal with an entire generation of loonies-in-the-making is less disturbing than just plain laughable. Janice would lose the forms and forget everyone’s names.

    • September 6, 2011 at 5:58 am

      You really couldn’t make it up, could you…?

  4. Voice of Reason
    September 6, 2011 at 1:53 am

    I know many psychologists and only one does not exhibit obvious signs of being a little off. Who are they to decide what is ‘normal’. To begin, much of clinical psychology is based on the idea that a single bad event causes lifetime problems, yet the evidence shows that this appears not to be the case. Likewise, every study shows that couselling does nothing at all to alleviate depression, yet we trot people off to the ‘experts’ at a whim.

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