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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ron Paul Fights Mental Health Screening

Congressman Ron Paul has introduced a bill in Congress that should be of interest to all parents of children in public schools. It's called the Parental Consent Act, and the purpose of the legislation is to keep federal funds from being used for mandatory or universal mental health, psychiatric, or socioemotional screening programs. The bill is designed to protect children against the controversial use of mental health screenings, which are often performed without parental knowledge or consent, and frequently lead to dangerous childhood use of medications. Ron Paul says that too many children are being prescribed psychotropic drugs for nothing more than children's typical rambunctious behavior. Parents who object to their kids being forcibly medicated may be charged with child abuse or child neglect. Mental health screenings are frequently performed by the same companies and the same people who benefit financially from childhood use of anti-depressant drugs.

One federally funded violence prevention program already lists "Intolerance" as a mental problem. Some efforts are underway to add "extreme intolerance" to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used to determine mental health diagnosis criteria. Mental health screenings are advertised as a way to prevent teen suicide, but there is no evidence that screenings are effective in reducing suicide attempts or deaths. A study by the Food and Drug Administration found that 2/3rds of the studies show that prescription anti-depressant drugs are no more effective than placebos.

Congressman Ron Paul warns that, "Because 'intolerance' is often a code word for believing in traditional values, children who share their parents' values could be labeled as having mental problems and a risk of causing violence." Congressman Ron Paul's Parental Consent Act is an attempt to combat this dangerous trend.

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