I was led to the above article while investigating my past. Here's how it started.
I saw a post with this video on a Facebook site that was devoted to the Nurtured Heart Approach:
This was made by CCHRINT, an organization founded by the Church of Scientology. http://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-disorders/ . I really like this video but now knowing its relationship to Scientology, I 'm not so sure I want to.
Many years ago, my brother Luke came home with L. Ron Hubbard's book and the Scientology bible -- Dyanetics -- I skimmed it...I didn't understand much...though I determined that my brother was weird. I eyed him suspiciously for months.
Fewer years ago, after a ten-year ride with an Indian spiritual cult, I almost attended a 10-day seminar in Florida that pretty much guaranteed enlightenment, especially if you joined their MLM program to move your process along. The organization, I learned just before purchasing the plane ticket, was led by a former Scientologist. I changed my mind.
The thing is, this inspiring video really could be an effective feel-good commercial for the Nurtured Heart Approach. But the question I'm waiting for someone to ask me - "So is this NHA thing like Scientology?" - makes me very uneasy. *
Hence, after watching the video I googled and discovered the article above, inspired by the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorce episode. It helped me feel better. Basically, the Scientologists are not happy with Psychiatrists nor vice versa.... and it all gets down to labeling vs. big pharma vs. thinking about stuff differently.
In my opinion, the writer of the article (at the top of this post) who I found in my "research", puts it in perspective. And if you're interested in Scientology vs. Psychiatry you may like it.
Still the Question
What about LABELING? Is it, on the whole, more helpful or more harmful to label children with a psychiatric diagnosis, and in cases where medications have proven to be useful, to medicate them?
I am not a medical professional. So my opinion is based purely on my own experiences.
I know a child. It used to scare me a little to have him over. He was so full of intense energy - sort of bouncing of the walls, erratic...but super smart and engaging too. Once, about age 7, he hit his head on the concrete floor of my back patio. Not exactly on purpose, but purpose full. I heard the smack. He bounced right up as I came running....knowing that I would be disturbed at the fact that perhaps he was seriously injured...he said "I'm fine, really!”, “I'm really ok!" We both smiled anxiously.
Last year (he was 10) his mother told me "we decided to go with medication and everyone is sort of breathing a sigh of relief," including him. "I'm more me now, Mom," he told her. Only it's been over a year and when he comes over now, he's too subdued and I'd bet you he's depressed.
So. Labels. He obviously had some symptoms, my young friend...so he got a label and then some medications.
Are his problems solved? I guess we'll see.
I also have received labels.
Lucky for me, I knew enough to use them as a tool to dig out of the hole my thoughts had made. I definitely had symptoms. One doctor ordered Klonzepam and diagnosed me with Tourette’s. He explained that there was just nothing else closer that fit my symptoms. It's been six years and my Tourettishness has almost completely resolved. Truth be told I kind of miss it.
And then there was a D.O. who decided to practice medicine as a psychiatrist (which he was legally allowed to do) - and who after a tortuous 3-hour interview diagnosed me with Bi-Polar lite. And then prescribed Abilify.
"Do I have to take this or is it just an option for me?" I asked. "Oh, NO. You must take this." he said. "This disease will get worse if you don't. I would definitely recommend that you take this and that we continue meeting."
After one weekend, this drug had me seriously not liking my children so I brought the samples back to his office so he could properly discard them and I never went back. And he was wrong, because I am much better. As it turns out, I had a serious rough patch that lasted more than a few years. That's my official self-diagnosis.
Be skeptical of everything, Erica. If you have to judge, let your own experiences do the judging. I love the video and I'm not into Scientology. (I recognize it as propaganda, but then it's propaganda I like, so.) Frankly, I was relieved, at first, when my doctors labeled me - it legitimized my conditions which were painful and making me crazy. And, I chose not to take the drugs. I was able to use my thoughts very intentionally, take action over time (sometimes agonizingly slow) and to move on. I am very blessed.
I'm a not a medical professional and I put a lot of faith in Science and scientists. Because as much as I do believe in God, I still can't see her.
NHA came along in my life after the fact. (I realize that it's pretty much what I did to dig out of my hole.) It’s a simple (not always easy) approach that has made my life better and easier. It's my experience that I've been doing NHA for a long time and I just hadn't called it that. So, it's a Label and I'm happy to use it today. That's been my experience.
*(No offense to the Scientologists, it's just that I really think I've been there and done that....I don't intend to criticize the teachings, which I don't know much of, but I do have some feelings about the followers and leaders, based on my own experiences.)