Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How Columbia University is helping over-medicating teenagers - Teen Screen Truth site explains it all

 I've been reading the site Teenscreeen Truth it for one hour and they have so many important data that I don't know what to share first.  I'll share this part where they show how th Columbia University, responsible for the Teenscreen program... read it: 

The People Behind the TeenScreen ProgramThis page will provide background information on the various people behind Columbia University's TeenScreen program, whose goal is to screen every school-age child in the U.S. for mental health — which means hundreds of thousands of kids popping antidepressants and related drugs daily.
For information on the creator of TeenScreen, TeenScreen's Directors, and the Chairman of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, see below.

Click here for TeenScreen's Advisory Board Members and their connections to pharmaceutical companies. 

David Shaffer is a Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. He is the Director ofColumbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Division of Child Psychiatry, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His strong ties to the pharmaceutical industry and major drug companies span decades.
David ShafferPsychiatrist, Creator of TeenScreen
David Shaffer was the head and driving force behind the development of the computerized screening tool that TeenScreen employs, the "Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children" (also known as DISC). Following this he helped to devise a shorter computerized version that is easier to use in schools, the "Diagnostic Predictive Scales" (DPS), and a paper and pencil version of the screening tool, the "Columbia Health Screen" (CHS). For more information on the development of the screening tools and how they are used to label children with normal childhood reactions as "mentally ill" and funnel them into the psychiatric / pharmaceutical system, click here.
Shaffer’s Ties to the Pharmaceutical IndustryShaffer has known connections to the pharmaceutical industry. He has been a consultant to Hoffman la Roche, Wyeth, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer. Hisresume (see page 21 of this report) includes serving as an expert witness to several drug companies and as a paid consultant on psychotropic drugs.
Shaffer is the past president of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and currently on their board of directors. AFSP is an organization with known pharmaceutical ties. For example, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer Inc., Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, all have members on AFSP’s board. Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. has provided at least$1,250,000 in the AFSP’s effort to build up a $5 million research fund and Pfizer Inc. has contributed funding for surveys.
The following corporations have provided funding for different conferences held by Shaffer’s AFSP:
  • Forest Laboratories, Inc.
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc.
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories
Shaffer is also on the Executive Board of the “Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health at Columbia University” (CACMH). This organization has partnered with the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and has received funding from the following corporations:
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Celltech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Forest Labs
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc.
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals
  • Pfizer, Inc.
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Linda said...

Like most everything in this world nowadays -- money talks, money says what's up, money buys your mother, money sucks.
And until we can let go of money, our world will only worsen.

Ana said...

Yes, this is one of the truths of our times.
Thank you very much Linda.

Mark p.s.2 said...

re"which means hundreds of thousands of kids popping antidepressants and related drugs daily"
In the 1960`s youth anger at "The Man" was legitimate,
from wikipedia
"...the peak years of the counterculture movement were from 1965 to 1972.

As the 1960s progressed, widespread tensions developed in American society that tended to flow along generational lines regarding the war in Vietnam, race relations, sexual mores, women's rights, traditional modes of authority, experimentation with psychoactive drugs, and differing interpretations of the American Dream."
Today young people have brain chemical imbalances.
"The often violent confrontations between college students (and other activists) and law enforcement officials became one of the hallmarks of the era. Many younger people began to show deep distrust of police, and terms such as “fuzz” and “pig” as derogatory euphemisms for police became part of the counterculture lexicon. This distrust was based not only on fear of police brutality during political protests, but also on generalized police corruption — especially police manufacture of false evidence, and outright entrapment, in drug cases."

manufacture of false evidence, and outright entrapment .

Ana said...

They killed counterculture.
I'm too sad Mark. If we focus too much on the hideous actions being done against innocent people...
it is... no words can express that.
We are talking about CHILDREN!
Not even the children?
It is too much!!!!!!!