AND THEY CALL IT HELP ~ The Psychiatric Policing of America\'s Children
Book review and technical detail AND THEY CALL IT HELP ~ The Psychiatric Policing of America\'s Children Louise Armstrong
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|Title||AND THEY CALL IT HELP ~ The Psychiatric Policing of America\'s Children|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
An abrupt adventure into the apple of accouchement in residential analysis centers, psychiatric hospitals, and added ameliorative institutional settings. Outspoken and outraged, Armstrong continues the victim-as- perpetrator affair she explored beforehand in her assignment on calm abandon (The Home Front, 1983) and incest (Kiss Daddy Goodnight- -not reviewed). Here, she attacks psychiatry as a anatomy of brainy imperialism that claims an ever-growing account of behaviors, feelings, and thoughts as problems that crave treatment. According to Armstrong, society's accepting of the labeling of accustomed animal problems as ``mental illnesses'' has meant that accouchement who are exceptionable or whose behavior troubles their parents, teachers, or guardians are more actuality advised with incarceration and drugs. The columnist looks at the business of psychiatric casework and interviews those who accomplish analysis centers, as able-bodied as the kids who accept spent time in them. Abuses are apparent, and Armstrong makes bright her aggravation with the arrangement she's examining. But what absolutely makes her claret abscess is the abracadabra she finds in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Brainy Disorders, the accepted advertence by which psychiatry defines the altitude that it treats. Since the 1950's, the account has developed from some 60 types of brainy affliction to hundreds of ``mental disorders'' like tobacco assurance and school-learning problems. When such altitude become labeled as illnesses, allowance companies balance therapists for alleviative them, and the mental-health industry thrives. Armstrong balustrade at society's accepting of this action and the abuse it's inflicting on children--whom she angle as generally the innocent victims of society's ills in the aboriginal place. In the attitude of ancient muckraking journalism- -clear in its acrimony and in its alarm for change--and abiding to arm-twist acrimonious responses from psychiatrists and their allies.
An expose+a7 of the multibillion-dollar industry that imprisons America's children for profit describes what goes on at the psychiatric hospitals, treatment centers, and schools of the emotionally disturbed.
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