Saturday, December 30, 2023

Bad Therapy for Kids

I mentioned that certain psychotherapies are harmful, and now a new book documents how bad they are for kids.

Amazon announcement:

From the author of Irreversible Damage, an investigation into a mental health industry that is harming, not healing, American children

In virtually every way that can be measured, Gen Z’s mental health is worse than that of previous generations. Youth suicide rates are climbing, antidepressant prescriptions for children are common, and the proliferation of mental health diagnoses has not helped the staggering number of kids who are lonely, lost, sad and fearful of growing up. What’s gone wrong with America’s youth?

In Bad Therapy, bestselling investigative journalist Abigail Shrier argues that the problem isn’t the kids—it’s the mental health experts. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with child psychologists, parents, teachers, and young people, Shrier explores the ways the mental health industry has transformed the way we teach, treat, discipline, and even talk to our kids. She reveals that most of the therapeutic approaches have serious side effects and few proven benefits. Among her unsettling findings:

Talk therapy can induce rumination, trapping children in cycles of anxiety and depression
Social Emotional Learning handicaps our most vulnerable children, in both public schools and private
“Gentle parenting” can encourage emotional turbulence – even violence – in children as they lash out, desperate for an adult in charge

My guess is that it is even worse than described in the book. The more I learn about psychotherapists, the more I do not want them near any kids. They should be treated like child molesters.

1 comment:

CFT said...

Growing up in the eighties, it was hypo-regression therapy all the way, whereby the patient is supposedly hypnotized to dredge up 'repressed' memories, which always seem to devolve into 'OH MY GOD!! I WAS RAPED BY MY PARENTS, CALL THE PRESS!'. Everyone was doing this, it was almost trendy to tell all your close friends how you got fingered by your folks... Until one day, it went out of style quite suddenly. Maybe someone finally realized almost everyone has been fingered by your folks... when they were changing your crap laden diapers.

The entire psychological profession would seem to be far more for employing those who would practice it lucratively, than for actually curing mental illness successfully, and consistently.