“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. ”
“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.