Children should be screened for anxiety disorders to prevent them developing severe mental problems in later life.
… according to Professor Hans Ulrich Witten, lead author of study of the state of Europe’s mental health.
Ah. Right. I guess that explains a lot…
The incidence of depression has doubled since the 1970s and the average age at onset has fallen from the mid-twenties to the late teens as adolescents lost their sense of security in a changing world, Professor Witten said.
Or as people cottoned on to the increasing medicalisation of perfectly normal human emotions, perhaps?
Professor Witten said: “We screen for dental caries [decay] – why not for anxiety, … because the potential treatments are so effective?”
Oh, the potential for billable hours is just endless, isn’t it, doc?
Maybe Tim’s right, and it’s the EU that’s making us crazy?
However, Professor Thomas Insel, director of the US National Institute for Mental Health cast doubt on screening for anxiety. He said: “To get a risk calculator for anxiety we need biomarkers– and we don’t have them yet.”They would, however, become available over the next decade, he added.
Welcome to the Brave New World.