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Should we screen all adolescent girls and women for anxiety?
- By Stephanie Collier, MD, MPH, Contributor
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It appears that this is the next attempt to “treat” puberty. The medical industry has “successfully” diagnosed boys going through puberty as being ADHD and prescribed them medications. Now they are going to treat girls with… what? to make them calm.
Boys can’t stay still and are anxious and angry while their hormones are rushing about. Girls cry a lot and are anxious and moody. Lets move on.
This isn’t something to treat, it is something to grow through.
Substitute the word ‘hysteria’ for ‘anxiety’ and see how this reads. Thank goodness Dr. Collier understands the potential harm of such screening. Of course hysteria is not anxiety, and only a dolt would deny the importance of helping those who suffer from it, but the patronizing attitude behind the WPSI’s recommendation glares out from behind its ‘caring’ front. The only ‘screening’ that should be taking place in these circumstances is what anyone in the medical profession should be doing already: listening closely and paying careful, sympathetic attention to every patient.
Does it matter if someone’s diagnosed w/anxiety if they can’t afford therapy? Or there are no good therapists w/in 50 miles?
The author makes a number of claims in the first paragraph to justify the proposed screening, but the article has no footnotes or citations. Was this article subject to peer review? Just curious.
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