Predicting Psychosis in Children

I came across this article today and thought immediately that this is trouble ahead:

“The study found five factors that were often present prior to the
diagnosis of a psychotic disorder in children who were already at high risk of such disorders. When three or more of these factors were present, the study found an 80 percent likelihood of developing psychosis within two and a half years.”

Now there will be another way to get children and teens on harmful psychotropic drugs. And even though the article says this group was a high risk group to begin with, that will not stop the push. With Teen Screen questions being so vague to begin with, how many more people will be caught in this net?

What will happen to parents if their children have two or three of these factors, but they refuse to have their child(ren) treated? Will they be forced to have their children treated? If they don’t comply, will their children be forcibly taken from them and put into State custody? Will schools report parents if their children are not treated? Will the schools say that the child can not come back to school if they are not treated? If the parents withdraw the child, will the school then report their child as truant, as some states are already doing, and this is without the mental health aspect involved?

Their definition of delusion is equally disturbing:

“Delusions are false but firmly held beliefs.”

Here is the real defintion of delusion:

  • S: (n) delusion, psychotic belief ((psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary)
  • S: (n) delusion, hallucination (a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea) “he has delusions of competence”; “his dreams of vast wealth are a hallucination”
  • S: (n) delusion, illusion, head game (the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas)

They made up their own definition of delusion!-that’s one of the reasons this article is dangerous.

Who will decide what those false beliefs are? What about people who believe in the Bible? After all there are plenty of people who do consider that a delusion. Those who don’t believe in evolution? On and on it goes.

The article goes on to say that two factors increased the risk of developing psychosis to 68%, three to 80%. Now the article does state at the end that this original group was already a high-risk population and it can’t be extrapolated to the general population.

Those who pushed Teen Screen and other mental health screening programs will most likely ignore those facts in their effort to get more children on to drugs or into therapy where they can be talked out of their beliefs.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Amy G
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 17:59:33

    There is a psychiatric / pharmaceutical plan to “suicide screen” every
    child in the United States before they graduate from high school.
    Evidence exists that shows massive pharmaceutical backing that will
    result in even more overdrugging of kids with psychiatric drugs .

    Can you take a moment to view this very short video? Click here:

    And then sign and forward this petition to your associates and everyone you know? It already has over 24,200 signatures.

    It’s simply a race to inform enough parents so something can be done
    about this.

    Federal Bill to ban funding for screening here:


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