Five years ago we were averaging something like 40 psychiatric emergency patients a month. Now we’re seeing between 300 and 400 a month,” Maxwell said.
This article suggests we should look at the Internet and digital culture for the explosion in mental illness in American children. Not the toxic chemical diet most kids eat. Not the pesticides that cover their food. Not their Monsanto Frankenfood. Not their plastic laden toys, binkies, beverage cups. Not their dozens of vaccinations that start in utero with 25 mcg of neurotoxic insanity inducing mercury. THE INTERNET IS AT FAULT.
Are we glad there is soon to be a shiny new Ped Psych ER? Yes, because we know families drowning in violent behavior from kids as young as five well into adulthood for whom there is no help. Yes, because we remember Alex Spourdalakis. Yes because we remember Dr. Trudy Steuernagel. Yes because we will never forget Adam Lanza's menace. Yes. Yes. Yes.
No, because we need to PREVENT this never ending decimation of the pediatric brain, body, soul. PREVENT.
From The San Diego Tribune.
More than $6 million in philanthropic donations will help Rady Children’s Hospital create what is believed to be the nation’s first pediatric psychiatric emergency department.
The idea, explained Dr. Benjamin Maxwell, Rady’s director of child and adolescent services, is to create a separate space for the exploding number of children who are walking through the hospital’s doors with urgent mental health needs.
“Five years ago we were averaging something like 40 psychiatric emergency patients a month. Now we’re seeing between 300 and 400 a month,” Maxwell said.
It’s a national problem, said Dr. Alfred Sacchetti, an emergency chief in Camden, New Jersey, and a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians. Hospitals across the United States often end up holding young patients in regular emergency department beds for days while their symptoms are diagnosed and follow-up appointments or inpatient placement is arranged, he said.
Researchers point to a range of reasons why demand for mental health services have increased for young patients, Sacchetti and Maxwell said.
Some note that today’s digital culture, including cyber bullying on social media, are helping to drive the trend. Others note that today’s front-line health care providers are better trained to spot mental health problems. And there has also been a gradual erosion of the availability of preventive mental health services which can keep emergencies from happening. Read more here.