Oregon foster kids get reprieve from psych drugs

“Fewer children in Oregon foster care were prescribed psychiatric drugs last year after a new law forced child welfare officials to monitor the medications more closely. But state data also show many children brought into state care as a result of neglect or abuse are not getting timely mental health evaluations. ”

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/12/oregon_records_drop_in_the_num.html

“mental health evaluations” -> psych drugs & psych drugs imply a brain disorder, but clearly abused and neglected kids are not suffering from a dysfunctional brain, they are suffering from a dysfunctional environment.  But its much easier to pathologize and “treat” powerless kids than try to fix the larger society.  This is why psychiatry is in such demand.  It’s a relief valve to de-pressurize the push for social change.

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