Government Says You’re Probably Crazy

This should be a big red flag for Americans, especially for those of us with kids:

More than half of Americans will develop a mental illness at some point in their lives, often beginning in childhood or adolescence, researchers have found in a survey that experts say will have wide-ranging implications for the practice of psychiatry.

The survey is the most comprehensive in a series of censuslike mental health studies undertaken by the government. The findings of those studies are frequently cited by researchers, advocacy groups, policy makers and drug manufacturers to emphasize the importance of diagnosing and treating mental illness.

This is ominous in light of a presidential advisory panel’s recommendation last year that American schoolchildren undergo mandatory screening–and possibly mandatory treatment–for mental illness.

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