Thursday, June 16, 2005

Who Gains Financially From TeenScreen?

Michael and Teresa Rhoades’ 15 year old daughter came home from school and told her parents that she been diagnosed with “obsessive compulsive disorder” and “social anxiety disorder”.

It transpired that her daughter had got caught up in “TeenScreen” at her school. The “mental health professionals” had given her a quiz and then thoughfully informed the ace student that she had two mental disorders.

The authors of the quiz claim that 33% of respondents have a disorder, and 16% of those have a significant disorder requiring psychiatric treatment. What sort of questions raise the red flag for a serious disorder? Try the following:
"Have you often felt very nervous when you've had to do things in front of people?" or:
"In the last three months, have you often felt very nervous or uncomfortable when you have been with a group of children or young people?"

When looking at seemingly absurd and inexplicable situations like this it is important to always ask the question: who gains financially from this?

The parents have notified of their intention to sue.


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