Jeepers

But the report was also criticised by experts for inappropriately “medicalising” unruly behaviour. Based on information from 9,117 children and young people, health chiefs say 5.5 per cent of preschool children now have a mental health disorder.

However, nearly half of these were characterised as “behavioural”, with the single most common form being “oppositional defiant disorder” (ODD).

The concept was devised decades ago in the US, but it was not fully adopted by England’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence until 2013.

The watchdog recommends that parents of affected children attend NHS-funded parenting classes.

To be diagnosed with ODD a toddler must display at least four symptoms, such as spite, aggression and disobedience, for six months or longer.

Professor Tamsin Ford of Exeter Univeristy, who co-authored the new report, defended the criteria, saying he behaviour of children with ODD is often so bad it prompts parents to question whether they should let them out of the house.

Never. A bureaucracy would never, ever, widen the definition in order to ensure the growth of the bureaucracy, would it?

We’ve not seen this with the definition of poverty becoming relative poverty, we’ve not seen it with homelessness meaning having a home. Just doesn’t happen, does it?

16 thoughts on “Jeepers”

  1. For many years now, American Psychiatrists have created “new” mental illnesses annually by taking a vote at their congress. Since nothing is ever removed, eventually the whole population will be defined as “being in need of mental care”. Does wonders for their income.

    And God help us all ….

  2. Julia

    ‘Oppositional defiant disorder ‘ or ‘being a stroppy little shit’. How much is down to parenting?

    A lot, although parents are no longer allowed to discipline children, which is down to fvckwit lefty politicians

  3. If they were to diagnose children as being too small – some kind of temporary dwarfism, maybe – then they could guarantee themselves jobs for life.

  4. To be diagnosed with ODD a toddler must display at least four symptoms, such as spite, aggression and disobedience, for six months or longer

    They say the first 30 years are the hardest.

  5. As someone else noted:

    Being boisterous – needs instant medication
    Feeling like the opposite sex – needs instant celebration

    Our society is decaying before our eyes….

  6. Since nothing is ever removed, eventually the whole population will be defined as “being in need of mental care”.

    Didn’t they remove homosexuality? As with homosexuals, stroppy little shits are over-represented in the media. So we can look forward to a sustained media campaign in favour of “stroppy little shit-ism”, knob-head pride parades, and so forth, until civilisation ends. Not that anyone would notice by that point.

  7. What Gamecock said; this is stupid hand-wringing bitches who can’t cope with normal masculinity, so they make it a condition, and later a crime.

  8. Bloke in North Dorset

    As Christine Summers and many others keeping pointing out, girls have become the benchmark for behaviour so boys will always look bad.

    Mrs BiND used to point this out when she was teaching 5-year-olds – both the head and the other teacher were women who’d never had children, let alone boys, and so treated them as perpetually naughty. It’s a serious problem in schools, especially primary schools and we do need more male teachers. It sounds like they need more male psychiatrists as well.

  9. Male teachers in primary schools??!!??! But doncha know, any male who wants to be around kiddies is a PEEEEEEDO!!!

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