There is only one acceptable view when it comes to mental health issues, these days. And it involves a sympathetic face and blaming someone, usually the government.
I don’t have the former in my repertoire and love the words personal accountability, so I find myself unable to go along with the prevailing consensus.
Listening to Kate Middleton support Children’s Mental Health Week, I am with her all the way. Kids do need to develop resilience in order to overcome life’s hurdles and cope with challenges they face.
Clearly there are genuine cases of family trauma and mistreatment. And these children deserve all the support the state can afford.
But when we are told 1 in 5 children under 11 has experienced mental health issues and 10% of children aged 5-16 have a recognised mental health disorder I can’t help but feel sceptical.
These days everything has to have a label. Normal emotional reactions end up being disorders and a child who doesn’t like being told what to do by teacher is diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance. If you’ve got PDA you can stick two fingers up at teacher and still get Golden Time for not physically assaulting her. Now that’s progress.
This adds to the article the other day that said that less children were getting hurt these days. We lock them up, mollycoddle them, and then give them neatly packaged labels to excuse poor behaviour. Read more »