Theory: Mental Health Screening Saves Lives…

In a post on a quickly expanding Yahoo Group named “Atypical_Antipsychotics*” one group member writes:

“According to NAMI*, mental health screening (such as Teen Screen) saves lives by identifying suicidal youths. I have seen no facts or evidence to back this up.

Hmmmmmm………

Here are some facts:

1. Mental health screening leads to labels (one study apparently had an 83% positive rate on the teen screen). (People who are not screened/tested/evaluated are not labeled).

2. Labels often lead to psychiatric drugs. (If you are not labeled you are not drugged. If you are labeled, drugging is not unlikley).

3. Labels can lead to unemployment (discrimination still exists despite the promise of equality promoted in the ADA). Read the rest of this entry »

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