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    By Judith Graham
    Tribune Staff Writer
    January 3, 2001
    In a blistering report, the U.S. surgeon
    general on Wednesday said growing
    numbers of emotionally disturbed children
    and teenagers are "suffering
    needlessly" because mental health services
    are inadequate and many
    institutions designed to help them are
    The first-of-its-kind study, the latest
    effort by the Clinton administration
    to reinvigorate public interest in mental
    health issues, highlights the
    extent of mental illness in the young as
    well as the extent of neglect.

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Leaving no doubt that the federal
government spearheads the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness/disease,
in the schools and in all children everywhere]

    One in every 10 children is impaired by
    emotional disturbances, the study said,
    but less than 20 percent of those who need
    help get it.
    As a result, millions of children
    experience problems in school,

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
The main problem they suffer from in the
schools is that they are assaulted with ‘whole language’ reading
methodology/ideology which, far from teaching them to read, making them
literate/educable, assures that the stay illiterate, uneducable and ever more
frustrated and unhappy—fodder for psychology, psychiatry and psychiatric

    delays in development…

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Here they pervert science saying that developmental delays
(neurological, they imply) can result from denying them psychiatric diagnosis
(never scientifically based) and psychiatric treatment (always one
dimensional, with brain-damaging drugs). Brain damaging drugs truly cause
brain damage and true, and sometime irreversible developmental delay. No
psychiatric drug is a scientifically based treatment for a proven physical or
chemical abnormality (disease) in the brain or body]

    … or other setbacks that can
    affect their ability to grow into
    happy, productive adults, the report says.
    The study comes as legislatures across the
    country reconvene to address
    budget and policy concerns, and during the
    waning days of a Clinton
    presidency that has sought to make
    childrens' health issues a priority.
    The surgeon general's report suggests
    actions that could become a blueprint
    for improving mental health care for young
    people: more training in
    recognizing early warning signs for
    doctors, teachers, and school
    counselors; better information on
    effective treatments; more emphasis on
    prevention; better coordination among
    programs; and, most important, a
    sustained public effort to dispel the
    stigma that prevents many families
    from reaching out for assistance.

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
The Surgeon General, in a late-1999
report on mental health equated all psychiatric disorders with medical
diseases such as diabetes, and psychiatric drugs with true pharmacologic,
medical treatments such as insulin. He did so with full knowledge that not a
single psychiatric disorder is know to be a bona fide disease having a
confirming, diagnosable physical or chemical abnormality within the child.
This being the case, there is no known abnormality to make normal or more
nearly normal as with insulin for diabetes and with all medical and surgical
diseases. Surgeon General Satcher’s having so mislead the public with that
report, I urged, early in 2000, that he resign. His continued pitch that one
and all, especially in the schools, become mental health
diagnosticians/labelers make him a pusher of drugs—drugs from the
psychopharmaceutical cartel that are legal but shouldn’t be.]

    Tipper Gore, the vice president's wife,
    helped mobilize the Clinton
    administration around mental health issues
    after admitting she suffered
    depression when her son was badly injured
    in a car accident about 10 years

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
and this makes her an expert]

    Just this week the federal government,
    acting on an executive order from the
    president, began offering employees
    improved mental health benefits.
    Surgeon General David Satcher noted that
    "children are suffering
    disproportionately--far more that
    adults--in terms of undiagnosed and
    untreated mental health problems."

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Satcher doesn’t let up. His ties to
the pharmaceutical industry, past, present and in the foreseeable future must
be scrutinized]

    He added that "despite our efforts, we
    haven't made any real progress in 20
    to 30 years. ... People still don't seek
    the help their kids need, and the
    social environment is still not conducive
    to getting that help."
    Satcher said the greatest personal
    surprise was the scope of the issue.
    Emotional and behavioral problems affect
    more children than any kind of
    health concern, according to research
    cited at a September conference
    convened by his office.
    While mental health practitioners have
    long sounded similar themes, the
    decision of the nation's public health
    chief to highlight the concerns is
    unprecedented--as was Satcher's earlier
    focus on suicide and mental health
    for the overall population.
    The new report is a collaboration among
    three federal
    departments--Education, Justice, and
    Health and Human Services--underscoring
    how mental health problems tend to spill
    into many areas.
    Satcher's efforts on behalf of mentally
    ill children also resonate with
    efforts being undertaken by other federal
    agencies. The Food and Drug
    Administration recently required
    drugmakers to test medications on children
    so side effects and long-term impacts can
    be better understood, and the
    National Institute of Mental Health has
    stepped up funding for research on
    treatments for children and adolescents.
    The attention to child emotional
    disturbances is long overdue, said
    Hoagwood, associate director for child and
    adolescent research at NIMH.
    "Children's mental health care research
    has lagged badly; it's about 20
    years behind what we know about adult
    mental health care," she said.

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
With 5 million US schoolchildren on
Ritalin/amphetamine for the fraudulent disease ADHD and another 2.5 million on
other brain-damaging psychiatric drugs for other fraudulent psychiatric
diseases—this coming to 15% of the nations children, consuming 90% of the
world’s supply of Ritalin and other of the addictive, Schedule II, controlled
psychostimulants--they claim we are lagging badly behind. Heaven help the
children. We and our federal government are doing this to our very own
children. We are doing this to our very own futures]

    "But at long last, we are coming into our own."
    In academic terms, that means an explosion
    of knowledge about how to
    diagnose and treat child mental health
    problems over the past decade. Now,
    early symptoms have been pinpointed and
    effective treatments have been
    identified in many cases.
    In practice, much of this research hasn't
    made it beyond academia.
    Relatively few therapists treating teens
    have formal training in new
    therapies that have been shown to help
    depressed teens, part of a wide and
    persistent gap between research and
    Still, many professionals and parents are
    concerned that some childhood
    conditions, such as attention deficit
    hyperactivity disorder, may be
    overdiagnosed and inappropriately treated
    with medication. Yet there is also
    concern about underdiagnosis and the
    prevalence of treatments that haven't
    been proved effective.
    The new report offers many suggestions,
    including encouraging professional
    schools and organizations to teach
    doctors, nurses, teachers, social
    workers, day-care providers and probation
    officers about new research
    findings in children's mental health,
    especially so they can pick up early
    warning signs of significant problems and
    make appropriate referrals.
    Better systems for identifying emerging
    emotional problems also need to be
    developed, the report suggests. "What we
    really need is to make this part of
    any regular evaluation--whether medical or
    otherwise--of how a kid is
    growing and developing," said Dr. Rex
    Cowdry, medical director of the
    National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
    The surgeon general's report suggests the
    need for a universal measurement
    system for child mental health that would
    identify children with problems,
    track their progress during treatment and
    document how patients fared after
    treatment ended.

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Such is their plan for a takeover of the public schools
of the nation. At the same time they urge limits on parents who would save
their children by extracting them from this harms way and homeschooling them.
Until parents are hit between the eyes by this they think everything is ‘just
fine’ with public education, there is no reason for alternatives that would
weaken it as would come through choice and vouchers.]

    An alliance between schools and mental
    health agencies appears to be part of
    the solution. In Chicago, the public
    schools are implementing a curriculum
    in "social and emotional learning" to
    teach young people coping skills. The
    child and adolescent services division of
    the Illinois Office of Mental
    Health has targeted collaboration with
    schools as its priority, said
    clinical director Dr. Peter Nierman, a
    child psychiatrist.

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
They are a parasite, a cancer on the schools of the nation]

    "The challenge of the future is to bring
    services whose effectiveness is
    grounded in strong scientific evidence
    into community settings," he said

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Without political finance reform, power will aggregate increasingly in
the hands of the few and the mighty—meaning into the hands of corporate
powerhouses like the psychopharmacological cartel. It is hard to imagine the
drug billions that lubricate the US political process today but surely those
billions are at work because we witness our own federal government—one day
long ago a government of the people by the people, spearheading a drugging
craze of the nation’s youth, starting in the cradle—your children,
grandchildren, and mine, that would shame the Medellin, Cali, and Tijuana
cartels and likely all of the Mafia as well. And in as big a ‘shell game’ as
is psychiatry’s ‘diseases’ and ‘chemical imbalances’, General (ret) McCaffrey,
the White House Drug Czar—seeing none of this for what it is—steps up the
federal government’s very own ‘war on drugs’]

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