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hm… May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

One in five children and adolescents in the U.S. has a mental disorder that interferes with their daily lives. … Anxiety disorders, mood disorders like depression and disruptive disorders like ADHD are the most common mental health disorders among children.

That stat appears to come from the National Alliance on Mental Illness who cite “Of children ages 9 to 17, 21 percent have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that causes at least minimal impairment.” and cite a HHS – NIH/NIMH study in 1999.

It is also often confused with a Canadian study from 1983 [Ontario Child Health Study].

Unfortunately, this article startw with this:

Last December was a wake-up call for America when one mentally ill young adult entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and took the lives of 26 individuals. Sadly, these lives could have been saved if Adam Lanza had gotten the mental help he needed as a child. This represents a chronic problem that we face in Virginia and our nation.

Add this:

The medicating of Americans for mental illnesses continued to grow over the past decade, with one in five adults now taking at least one psychiatric drug such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety medications, according to an analysis of pharmacy-claims data.

And you’ve followed the money. [which is in the treatment -- not in the cure]

Interesting that the stats remain the same: 1 in 5.

Add this: [the shove?]

The Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013 (S. 195)

… [citing among other things,] More than 70 percent of students in the sample who were diagnosed with mental illness and behavioral health problems by middle school had exhibited warning signs by second grade.

Behavioral health problems means “lack of obedience” or “trouble with the factory skool model” which requires long hours of sitting and a read and regurgitate methodology of ‘teaching’. No hands-on or physical activity [insurance problems, donchanoo].

That approach works fairly well for some visual learners; not well for auditory learners and not at all for kinetic learners. Some kids just need to have their hands on physical objects before the dots get connected. They can read about stuff all day [with someone standing behind them making them do it] and get nothing out of it; but hand them an engine or a printing press and they can take it apart and figure out how it works in minutes. Then you can tell them how it was significant in spreading Knowledge or decreasing the amount of human work needed to accomplish tasks and what those changes meant in Historical terms.

But being forced to sit [arrgh] and read [eww / Zzzz] for 8 hours a day creates “behavioral health problems.”

Especially since teaching limits/boundaries and coping skills is now out in the fashionable parenting trends.

But what the hell — let’s just let the “Mental Health” govt. geeks test ALL the children in every skool and hand out pretty colored, govt-approved pills for all. That’ll work out fine to create a population poised to grasp Individual Freedom and participate in a Free Economy.


  1. mojo
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 7:12 am |

    The definition of “mentaly ill” has been expanding for years. It’s part of the “war on crazy” and a real boon to Big Pharma.

  2. geezerette
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 7:22 am |

    Make sure they are all integrated with those who do not have mental health problems. They have the right to be institutionalized or not. It’s totally up to them. Even tho they are mentally ill.

  3. Jane K.
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 7:41 am |

    A caller to Rush, a couple of months back, made the connection that easily 1/5th of the teenage population(mostly boys – war on women my fat tookus!) is being medicated…and most gun bills exclude those with mental health issues. TADA! – no guns for the crazies!
    There are times I wish R’s were as devious as D’s.

  4. mojo
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 8:22 am |

    OT, kinda: Worlds’s most vexatious programming language (really more of a game, I’ve never seen anybody do anything useful with it)

    Meet “Brainfuck“, sometimes known as “Bugfuck”

    And don’t judge me.

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 8:23 am |

    Claire, I think that should be tattooed on the forehead of your Congresscritter, yea verily, every congresscritter.

  6. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 8:25 am |

    Wait …
    if 70% got it,
    how can it be abnormal?

    (see also: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)

  7. Hopefulone
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 10:33 am |

    1) More gov money for shrinks.
    2) Opposing obama is to be a mental disorder, disqualifying you from Constitutional rights.

  8. Susan Lee
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 10:51 am |

    hey, Jane K got it right – it’s all about getting rid of the masculine drive. The best people to rule over are a ‘flock’ of ditsy girls.

    Susan Lee

  9. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 11:47 am |

    As we all know, individual behavior has been a problem for rulers since, like, forever. Population homogeneity is necessary for any truly efficient centralized gov’t.
    Sure, 21stC collectivists talk about diversity, but diversity is a positive quality only as a tool to acquiring political power in a democratic system. During collectivist rule, that’s quite a different thing; and diversity will need to be crushed.

  10. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm |

    Uncle Joe was big on diversity. He sent a totally *diverse crowd* of peeps to “Gulag university” in Siberia!

  11. ZZMike
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm |

    I don’t suppose the insane public schools policies of “zero tolerance” on one hand and the complete lack of discipline in classrooms has anything to do with it.

    mojo (#4): Reminds me a little of APL. I know a guy who’s an officer of a large club, who does the address-list and mailing in APL. One line of code to read, filter, sort and print a mailing list.

    He’s been that officer for a couple of decades (probably because he’s the only one who can read the code).

  12. mojo
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm |

    Ever follow the Perl Code Obfuscation Contest?

    It’s automated now. Go figure.

  13. ZZMike
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm |

    Automated??? Where’s the craft, the art any more?

    I like the Old Days, where we had commented code like

        i = i + 1 ! add one to i

    (I thought I’d never get to use that tag.)

  14. CAPT Mike
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 10:21 pm |

    Thank you Claire, for providing another wonderful opportunity for me to employ my phrase of the day: ‘WTF’ (in Navy lingo, Whisky Tango Foxtrot).

    Sooo . . . the people that would be paid to provide requisite mental health / behavioural counseling and/or medical treatment & drugs ‘find’ that there is a *huge* unmet demand for their services/products that *must* be funded by gov’t spending (also known as ‘taxes’ on us).


    Hafta wonder how the ‘Greatest Generation,’ that suffered through the depression (and accompanying social unrest), the Dust Bowl drought, and WWII with very little public discussion of PTSD (which they recognized as battle fatigue even way back then).
    . . . of course the poor SOB’s that were genuinely not functional did often get some help from the VA.

    Actually quite agree that many people have quirks and idiosyncracies, as long as a person is well adjusted, functional, and is either self satisfied or doesn’t want ‘help,’ then why should any of us (especially me!) be required to submit to ‘treatment’ by another (especially collective/gov’t)?

    Heck I promise all the ‘normal’ people here that Col Jerry is *not* ‘normal’ in the opinion of these ‘mental health professionals’ (don’t think a normal person makes O-6 in USMC). I’d be quite surprised if he thought *any* qualified Submariner to be ‘normal,’ and he’s probablly correct.

    Very Best Regards,

  15. PatrickP
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm |

    Things I blame:

    1. High carbohydrate diets. The body burns the carbs and stores the fat then your brain can’t access the fat it needs to be healthy. (That Sandyhook loon was a vegetarian.)

    2. Broken homes. (In other words, weak men who can’t keep their families together, but can you blame them when so many women these days have been ruined by feminist ideology and are mostly howling mad bitches?)

    3. Our fucked up sick culture that has been ruined by radical feminism. We decided that rambunctious boys are mental patients and expect them to act like girls so we medicate them which then causes them to really be out of their fucking minds.

    4. We are no longer allowed to hold people to a standard of behavior. We can no longer say, “Hey, kid. Stop acting like a fucking weirdo and go play.” We are also prohibited from making their weak ass parents feel bad when we should be saying to them that they better do something about their weirdo kid or we will.

  16. ZZMike
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm |

    CAPT Mike (#14): Good points. What is “normal” anyway? Take a small group of people: policeman, Marine (SGT or above), kindergarten teacher, Yale sociology professor, cloistered nun, Tibetan monk, …

    Which of them is (or are) “normal”?

    PatrickP: Can’t add to that.

    Bernstein’s “West Side Story” is from 1957 (the stage production). One of the songs is “Gee, officer Krupke”, in which one of the Jets explains that “I’m depraved on account of I’m deprived”.

    Excuses have been numerous for years. Man is the rationalizing animal.