rowen Posted January 9, 2008 Share Posted January 9, 2008 I'm taking a child's (early childhood) psych class at a community college. We meet once a week, hence the long class period. The majority of the class is made up of child care workers, health care workers, and child care or health care workers-in-training. A significant portion of the class is made up of non-traditional students. Today we were drumming up some ideas for class projects. One thing that was mentioned during the brain storming session was how children are often over-diagnosed with mental disorders, particularly AD/HD. Another person suggested researching the supposed "vaccine/autism" link. And another person suggested looking at the genetics behind MI, as she has a niece with child-onset bipolar disorder; however the niece's mother is depressed and the child is probably mimicking her mother's depression (Even if she is mimicking her mother's depression, it's still depression. And early onset of depression may or may not indicate bipolar disorder. And so on...). Oh, and one person brought up a horrific news story that involved a mother brutally killing her child. The classmate called the mother "mental". Mental illnesses are difficult to diagnose in anyone, but especially children. And I know that aggressive marketing tactics from pharmaceutical companies, over-worked and undereducated teachers, and healthcare workers making MI diagnoses when they're most likely unqualified to make make for a decent number of misdiagnosed children. I interpreted a lot of the classmates remarks to mean that they were not really considering that children do have mental illnesses, and that many people have little understanding as to the definition of a mental illness (PSYCH 101 was not a prerequisite for this course). It really sucks to be a kid with an untreated mental illness, and I just can't help but think that there are a number of children out there who are not getting help because of familial ignorance. I know I just said a lot of pretty obvious stuff, but I was so pissed off after class and needed to let it out... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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