Sunday, May 24, 2009

Doctors rarely give a diagnosis of personality disorder to children on the grounds that children...

Most of you know I'm in the process of writing a book.

With that in mind.. I have been on many mental health sites to make sure I've crossed my T's and doted my i's.

I found something very interesting today that I'd like to share with you..

Most of my readers have children that are either alienated or in the system..

Most children in these situations have been put on psychotropic drugs for alleged eemotional disorders..

Hmmm I've said right along that these kids are to young to be put on these drugs..

Then I find this.. on one of the pages (from the encylopedia of Mental Disorders) speaking about personality disorders..

As a group, these disorders are described by DSM-IV-TRas "enduring pattern[s] of inner experience and behavior" that are sufficiently rigid and deep-seated to bring a person into repeated conflicts with his or her social and occupational environment. DSM-IV-TRspecifies that these dysfunctional patterns must be regarded as nonconforming or deviant by the person's culture, and cause significant emotional pain and/or difficulties in relationships and occupational performance.

To meet the diagnosis of a personality disorder, the patient's problematic behaviors must appear in two or more of the following areas:

perception and interpretation of the self and other people

intensity and duration of feelings and their appropriateness to situations

relationships with others

ability to control impulses

It is important to note that all the personality disorders are considered to have their onset in late adolescence or early adulthood. Doctors rarely give a diagnosis of personality disorder to children on the grounds that children's personalities are still in process of formation and may change considerably by the time they are in their late teens.

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