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  •  Children are the prisoners of their parents (6+ / 0-)

    and so long as that remains true, there will be no "real mental health reform" for children.

    The main reason for this excitement about "mental illness" in school kids is that Americans would like to find a few easy scapegoats to other and to blame for the situation we have created themselves. If we have "mental health" screening in schools, it will turn up all sorts of troubled and marginalized kids whose problems are deeply entwined with their dysfunctional families. Do you think Americans will support massive intervention in our countless dysfunctional families?

    Of course not. What they will support is finding easy scapegoat kids and punishing them for the crimes they will someday commit.

    The only "quick fix" is to reduce the availability of guns. Making mental health services available and affordable will also help. But the problems at the core of American family structure -- the fact that it really does "take a whole village" to raise a human child, and capitalism has eliminated the villages -- those problems were swept under the carpet when "feminism" became a bad word.

    •  You make several really good points here. nt (2+ / 0-)
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      "It's not like lightning or earthquakes. We've got a bad thing made by men, and by God that's something we can change." John Steinbeck

      by Snarky McAngus on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:54:27 PM PST

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    •  I have no desire to punish anyone. And I agree, (0+ / 0-)

      that our society is addicted to quick fixes and has forgotten how to use long term critical thinking.

      I would like to see marginalized kids and adults get the care they need.

      Many mental health issues go away by the age of 24. Many before that age. But without proper care, those conditions could linger or worsen in some cases. Or worse simply go undetected or unreported.

      I am not talking about kids wearing scarlet letters here. But maybe giving them a professional they can trust, a stable adult they can count on for good advice, because we know many kids don't have that in their parents.

      Then maybe they can limp through what should have been their childhood.

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