Food for Thought

Let me introduce myself and explain the rationale for the Food for Thought blog.

I have been licensed, as an MFT for 23 years ago and have worked in the mental health field for 30 years.  Primarily, my work has been with elementary school students and their families. Over time, I pondered many questions:

  • Why were certain children sent to the office day after day?
  • Why were children being diagnosed as emotionally and behaviorally disturbed without considering environmental issues like nightly gunfire and multiple family member deaths in a short period of time?
  • Should a child be labeled as ADHD when the teacher was unable to manage the class and the parents were ineffective?

As a new counselor, I accepted the prevailing wisdom, but my concerns led me to back to school and a PhD where I discovered I had even more questions:

  • Why were so many medications being prescribed for children at younger and younger ages?
  • What was the connection between the American Psychiatric Association, the DSM and pharmaceutical companies?
  • Why were assessments biased and prejudicial?
  • How much harm was caused along the way wit this insensitivity?

I knew that psychiatry, psychology, and counseling had their roots in the field of medicine and that the medical model looked at dysfunction claiming that a disorder was located in the individual and needed to be diagnosed, treated, and cured. While that model works well for physical diseases, it is less effective for those with mental health issues. Luckily, the paradigm is slowly shifting  and an emerging worldview now includes the environment, others, and individual beliefs.

In reading articles and books written by other questioners (Tana Dineen, Marcia Angell, Thomas Armstrong, Fred Baughman, Peter Breggins), I realized their arguments had merit, which led to the realization that decisions were not always made in the best interest of the student or the client and the desire to write the Food For Thought blog was born.  My hope is that you will ask questions and come to your own determination about certain issues typically thought of in traditional ways.

Posted in Mental Health News, Neurolinguistic Programming or NLP.