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Government's Big Lie: The "Crisis" of Babies With Undiagnosed
By Laura Adelmann
Mar 21, 2006
To the federal government, many newborns, toddlers and preschoolers are
undiagnosed mental cases with dire need of "treatment" (read:
Following the appalling trend of labeling school children with an
ever-expanding list of mental disorders and medicating them with the
cocaine-class of drugs like Adderall and Ritalin, government is promoting
universal mental health screening and treatment " beginning with
The Federal Mental Health Action Agenda, the blueprint to implementing
the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, is targeting America's
youngest by promoting mental health screenings in places like daycares
In a 2003 speech, Kathryn Power director of the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration, excitedly reported that mental
health assessments " "prevention and intervention" "
are increasingly being conducted in "non-mental health
settings." She commended one unnamed community for "placing
mental health consultants in child care settings." Also touted was
the federal "Prevention and Early Intervention Grant Program."
Power noted the program's goal is to reach children " and babies
" before they "have a diagnosable problem." At that time,
Power stated, more than half of the administration's programs were to
focus on infants and preschoolers.
Mandatory screening of children against government-defined criteria of
what is "mentally healthy" is an Orwellian nightmare; the
government will decide if citizens, starting at birth, are "mentally
Dr. Karen Effrem, a Johns Hopkins-trained pediatrician, researcher and
expert on the government's movement toward universal mental health
screening, has been sounding the alarm about the dangers of this Big
Pharmaceutical movement for years.
She rightly states, "Government sponsored and controlled universal
mental health screening, no matter how sweetly wrapped in the fig leaf of
parental consent, should never, ever be implemented. It is never, EVER,
the proper role of government to set norms for, assess or intervene in
the thoughts and emotions of free citizens, much less innocent,
vulnerable, and still developing children. It is our thoughts and
emotions that make each of us uniquely and individually human, and we use
these thoughts and emotions to understand the world and maintain our
inalienable right to liberty."
Once a child has been screened, a highly subjective process, their
personal medical information will become part of state records,
potentially to be used as a screening tool for health care, employment,
military or college admissions. An identified child would likely be
ushered further into the psychological system for more assessments and
"treatment,"a term that's become a euphemism for Big
Psychology's first methodology: Drug therapy. And the mental health
establishment is not shy about drugging babies. Between 1995 and 1997,
psychotropic drug prescriptions for children from 2 to 4 years old grew
by 300 percent.
Under the universal screening system, an identified child's family like
would also be brought into the equation. What happens to parents who
refuse to obey the psychological establishment's recommendations to drug
a baby" Would the parent be considered a child abuser" Perhaps
there is a genetic component the government screeners may want examined.
Indeed, the actual stated goal of the New Freedom Commission on Mental
Health is much broader than just babies, it promotes mental health
screening for all, including "Teen Screen," an on-line mental
health questionnaire. Effrem said the program's author admits to an 84
percent false-positive rate. "Any other medical test with that high
of a false-positive rate would be laughed out of the room," said
Effrem in a March 2 speech, (to be available on DVD at
But "universal" mental health screening programs are already
being implemented, many through federal grant programs, in states around
the nation, said Effrem. The Florida Strategic Plan for Infant Mental
Health Plan's goal is to develop a system to prevent children from birth
to age five from developing emotional and behavioral disorders.
"Are we going to put the kids in a bubble" Are the parents
becoming breeders and feeders so that the government can provide this
mental health nirvana for these children?" Effrem asked.
Minnesota's early childhood screening program is being integrated to
"ensure" all children ages birth to 5 are screened "early
and continuously" for "socio-emotional" (euphemism for
mental health) to link "children and their families" to mental
health services. In Illinois, "all children" are to receive
social and emotional screens and the schools are to incorporate social
and emotional standards as part of the state's learning
U.S. Cong. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has been a vocal opponent of mental health
screening. In his Sept., 2004 newsletter Texas Straight Talk, he wrote,
It's not hard to imagine a time 20 or 30 years from now when government
psychiatrists stigmatize children whose religious, social , or political
values do not comport with those of the politically correct, secular
It may not take that long; Effrem said some mental health and
violence-prevention programs are already labeling children as mentally
ill or potentially violent based on political and religious
The people need to speak out: There is no baby mental health crisis in
America. Broad mental illness screening of babies is an outrageous
overreaching intrusion into children's personal thoughts, behaviors and
emotions, and it needs to be stopped.
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