TeenScreen is based on the flawed pseudo-science of psychiatry. The controversial screening program asks young people invasive questions about their lives and their feelings, then compares the answers to lists of symptoms from psychiatry's bible of "mental disorders", the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM IV).
The DSM has been thoroughly discredited, even by psychiatrists and other professionals. In an article entitled DSM: Diagnosing for Money and Power, Ofer Zur, Ph.D., and Nola Nordmarken, MFT, state that "The DSM is more a political document than a scientific one. Decisions regarding inclusion or exclusion of disorders are made by majority vote rather than by indisputable scientific data."
Recent media has exposed corruption in those psychiatric researchers who created the DSM IV. USA Today reported in April '06, "A majority of the medical experts who created the "bible" for diagnosing mental illness have undisclosed financial links to drugmakers".
Psychiatry claims to have a science, but what do their leaders say? Rex Cowdry, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health in 1995 said, "We do not know the causes (of psychiatric disorders). We don't have methods of curing these illnesses yet." Norman Sartorius, president of the World Psychiatric Association, said in 1994, "The time when psychiatrists considered that they could cure the mentally ill is gone.
In the future, the mentally ill will have to learn to live with their illness."
If you go to a medical doctor with a broken arm, you would have pain in your arm and you might be irritable. A medical doctor uses these symptoms and an x-ray to confirm the problem, and after six weeks in a cast you are cured - at least until the next time you try out your child's skateboard.
The psychiatric approach is to VOTE on diseases. Stealing legitimacy from the medical community, they group symptoms and give them ominous and frightening names. From 1952-94, the DSM grew from 112 disorders/diseases to 374 by VOTING! After gay activist picketing in 1973, psychiatrists voted to remove the mental "disorder" known as homosexuality from DSM. Since there was no science in adding it, it was easy to remove.
Some of the other "scientific" diseases being foisted onto the public are "Caffeine-Related Disorder", "Mathematics Disorder" and "Sibling Rivalry Disorder." When I was mean to my brother, my mom punished me - she didn't know of today's "scientific method" - giving me a daily dose of Prozac.
We have all seen the fraudulent advertisements about chemical imbalances in the brain causing "mental illness". Drug companies are able to fool many people and gain business by falsely associating themselves with true medical science. There are chemical imbalances (known, provable, indisputable) in medicine. An example of a real chemical imbalance is Diabetes - a lab test shows too much sugar in the person's system. This imbalance is corrected by giving insulin, the exact hormone that is missing. This is science.
What about psychiatry's version? There is NO blood test. There is no Ritalin, Paxil or Prozac flowing through a normal child's brain. The entire THEORY of chemical imbalance is based on the subjective symptoms in DSM, and psychiatrists prescribe mind-altering drugs to MASK the symptoms. This is equivalent to a medical doctor never setting your broken arm, but giving you life-long doses of morphine to hide the pain.
Those who speak up and tell the truth, like Tom Cruise, are attacked because they reject the idea that chemical "imbalances" in the brain cause mental illness, and are quick to point out that no tests have ever proven that theory. George Orwell wrote, "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act". That line was written as part of an entertaining work of fiction, yet psychiatry has brought Mr. Orwell's chilling vision of the future into today's reality.
John Breeding, Ph.D., psychologist and author of The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses says, "Even the most ardent Ritalin/ADHD enthusiasts find absolutely no positive long term outcomes on anything in their research reviews.. The widespread drugging of these children is a fraud..."
Worldwide production of Ritalin went from 2.8 tons in 1990 to 15.3 tons in 1997. Are our children SIX TIMES more troubled? In Britain, the stimulant prescription rate for children increased 9200% between 1992 and 2000. Are their children now 9200% smarter and happier? No, but psychiatrists and drug companies are richer. This is what TeenScreen wants, more children under psychiatric treatment for subjective, unscientific "mental illnesses".
In today's world of merged companies and billion-dollar earnings, the psychiatrists have merged with the drug-companies. TeenScreen has a symbiotic relationship with both. With Madison Avenue marketing that sells the public a one-pill solution to everything that ails them, the psychiatrists are pulling off a scam that makes the former leaders of Enron seem like choirboys by comparison. Future generations might forgive them if they were selling cell-phones, broadband or the latest fashion, but not when they are falsely drugging millions of our school children with dangerous mind-altering drugs.