Psychiatric Diagnoses of Children–Disgraceful

    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

      Wherein we see more evidence that psychiatry, in spite of insisting that it deals with “illnesses” as real as other, somatically evident diseases, is simply driven by fads.

Mad in America
US Children Diagnosed With Bipolar 72 Times More Often than Kids in UK

Children and youth in the United States are leaving hospitals with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder 72.1 times more often than children and youth in the UK, according to a study led by University of Oxford researchers published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. US children receive a diagnosis of bipolar at a rate of 100.9 per 100,000 population compared to 1.4 per 100,000 in the UK.

“Controversy exists over the diagnosis and prevalence of pediatric bipolar disorder (PBD),” wrote the researchers. “Although several small surveys suggest that the rate of the PBD diagnosis in clinical settings is higher in the United States than in other countries, no comprehensive cross-national comparisons of clinical practice have been performed.” The researchers analyzed data about US and UK hospital discharges through the years 2000 to 2010, for patients aged 1 to 19 years.

“There was a 72.1-fold difference in discharge rates for PBD in youth between the United States and England,” wrote the researchers. “After controlling for cross-national differences in length of stay, discharge rates for PBD remained 12.5 times higher in the United States than in England.”

The researchers noted that bipolar diagnoses increased with age in both countries; however, there wasn’t a single case of a UK child under 7 years of age being discharged with a PBD diagnosis, whereas by 6 years of age US children were being diagnosed with PDB at the same rate as British 19 year olds.

“This suggests that the difference in discharge rates for PBD may be due to differing diagnostic practices for PBD in the United States versus in England,” concluded the researchers.

In a press release, lead author Dr. Anthony James of the University of Oxford said that “the study design does not allow us to answer the question whether US clinicians are too liberal in assigning the diagnosis of bipolar disorder to youth or, alternatively, whether English clinicians fail to recognize or diagnose these illnesses.” However, in the study the researchers noted that the US PBD rates were also many times higher than the rates in most other nations that have been studied.


    Still insisting that some behavior represents an illness.

US children and adolescents were also generally 3.9 times more likely to be diagnosed with any form of mental illness than their counterparts in the UK, at 261.2 per 100,000 population in the US compared to 67.8 per 100,000 in the UK. “For ADHD, the rate is 13.2 times higher in the United States than in England,” wrote the researchers, while “unipolar depression in children and adolescents is 4.2-fold higher.”

Though the study was published in June, it seems to have largely gone unreported in the news media.


     This is silly. It cannot be defended. The diagnoses are dependant on whatever fad is currently in vogue.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: