Teen Mental Health
Parents concerned about teen mental health need look no further. Factual information can help you make decisions that will actually help your child be happier in his or her life. Teenagers are at a vulnerable stage in life, and as a parent, searching the internet or talking to your friends will give you a lot of advice on how to improve your teen’s mental health.
But it’s the facts that count! Facts have no vested interests or bias and can help you, the loving parent, determine what is best for your child. First, to define mental symptoms, conditions, and diagnoses, the following facts are: There are no medical tests that can detect a mental disorder (no brain scan, no blood test, no chemical imbalance test). Dr. Allen Frances, editor of the Psychiatric Diagnostic Manual, Edition IV, states in an article titled, “Mislabeling Medical Illness as a Mental Disorder” that the diagnosis “will harm people who are medically ill by mislabeling their medical problems as a mental disorder.” In the same article, Dr. Russell Barkley, clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, states, “There is currently no lab test for any mental disorder in our science.”
Teens and mental health
Mental disorders are listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The disorders are voted on by working groups consisting of psychiatrists. According to the New Yorker, Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, would disprove the validity of mental health diagnoses. Insel announced that the DSM’s diagnostic categories were not valid, that they were not “based on objective measurements” and that, unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease, lymphoma, or AIDS, which are based on biology, they are nothing more. The US chief psychiatrist seemed to be repeating what many had been saying all along: that psychiatry was a pseudoscience, unworthy of being included in the medical kingdom. According to a 2012 report from the University of Massachusetts, “three-quarters of the working groups still have a majority of their members with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.” According to the FDA, some of the side effects of psychiatric drugs include mania, psychosis, depression, suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, and death. Non-psychiatric medical professionals can and will perform medical tests to detect any possible underlying physical cause of unwanted psychological symptoms such as psychosis, depression, suicidal thoughts, murder thoughts, and death. Non-psychiatric medical professionals can and will perform medical tests to detect any possible underlying physical cause of unwanted psychological symptoms such as psychosis, depression, suicidal thoughts, murder thoughts, and death. Non-psychiatric medical professionals can and will perform medical tests to detect any possible underlying physical cause of unwanted psychological symptoms.
Under the Florida Department of Health Regulation, Florida Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, every individual has the right to be fully informed about the proposed medical treatment or procedure. This includes the right to know the risks and alternatives. For those living outside of Florida, informed consent, the right to know the risks and alternatives to any treatment, is a legally accepted term used worldwide that guarantees your right to make decisions for your health and well-being.
Second, given the above facts, a vicious circle is created for any teenager, adult or older, who experiences the stresses of life and thus the effects of that stress, such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, aggression, and more. The never-ending circle is that of mental health diagnoses, mental health drugs (more drugs, whether prescribed or abused), and more mental health diagnoses, with only an apparent improvement in symptoms when the drug or drugs cause initial and unwanted mental health problems. Unfortunately, for most, those restrictions don’t work over time and the adverse effects set in, of course, causing more mental health symptoms, more diagnoses, and more medications.
The Impact of Mental Health Challenges on Teens
Teen mental health is an important topic! It has to do with the well-being of your child, the future adult in society. Those who shape and determine how our culture will develop over time. To improve your teen’s mental health, consider the facts while talking to traditional non-mental medical professionals about the possibility of a thorough medical exam that will test for all possible physical causes of depression, anxiety, aggression, and so on.
Time and history are on your side, because over time, and spanning the last 4 decades, medical research and multitudes of documented real-life cases of individuals who took advantage of a thorough physical examination, the true physical, found and solved the cause of their problems using medical science that did not contain any of the FDA warnings about mental health drugs, which are, of course, mental health symptoms in their own right. such as mania, delusions, psychosis, worsening depression, anxiety, hallucinations, suicidal and homicidal thoughts and actions.
Will Fudeman, a licenced psychiatrist, recently published an article about his work as a psychotherapist. He felt he should do more to help his patients than listen to their misery. He decided, after his own personal experience of excruciating pain after a car accident, that he wanted to study Chinese medicine. He obtained his licence to practise as an acupuncturist and, after his 20 years as a therapist, says he had come to understand that the emotional and physical are intertwined. Dr. Fudeman quotes Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and his research on people who have experienced all kinds of trauma. Even those who have experienced war, natural disasters, serious accidents, and so on. Fudeman says: “Van der Kolk has found that survivors of trauma are most helped by treatments that bring them into their bodies at the present time.”