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Invest in treatment, not psychiatrists

Published 23/11/2016

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In what has become an all-too-common whinge, psychiatrists are again expressing their upsets about the amount of spending on mental health.

In their latest outburst, the Royal College has expressed its concern over the lack of investment to prevent mental illness occurring in childhood.

What many may not have realised is that psychiatry is one of the very few professions that has to continually advertise its failures in order to gain more money and investment.

When it comes to child and adolescent mental health, we hear about an ever-increasing number of young people who are prescribed various psychiatric drugs, but who then go on to experience even more difficulties in life after taking the drugs, unable to function and who then take their own lives. This is the real scandal.

It would be far better to invest in treatments that assist the person to recover, rather than psychiatric treatments that exacerbate whatever the person was experiencing in the first place.

BRIAN DANIELS

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