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Independent TEENSCREEN Evaluation Research Project

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Nancy West is a 5th generation educator.  She has helped to establish and taught in several private schools.  She currently owns Nancy West Productions, which teaches the performing arts to students aged 4 and up.  With over 30 years experience teaching children of all ages, as well as adults, she has much opportunity to observe the behavior of normal children.

Ms. West is also a volunteer researcher for the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights. http://www.cchr.org  (link opens in new window)

Over the last 10 years, Ms. West has read over 30,000 pages of documents, several dozen books, and every Presidential Address of the President of the American Psychiatric Association from 1946 to the present.  Every psychiatric treatment and drug has been carefully studied as to its efficacy and side effects.  To date, psychiatry, after more than 150 years, has NEVER cured any type of "mental disorder." There have, however, been hundreds of thousands of deaths from psychiatric "treatments" and drugs.

 

                        Comments and evaluations


After thoughtful review of the Teen Screen questionnaire, I have come to the conclusion that Teen Screen is a fishing expedition to convince parents to put their children on very dangerous, mind-altering psychiatric drugs.  Research has uncovered the fact that Teen Screen is mainly funded by major pharmaceutical companies. 

Research has also proven that test scores and academic achievement in U.S. public schools has plunged to record lows since 1965, date coincident with the involvement of psychiatrists and psychologists in our educational system.  The push to turn our schools into experimental psychological laboratories is something that every parent should be opposing loudly. Teen Screen is just another attempt to take away the autonomy of parents and families while turning our children into a "cash cow" for psychiatrists, psychologists, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Teen Screen promotes itself as a method of reducing teen suicide.  It should be noted that a study of every school which has initiated and used the Teen Screen survey showed NO reduction of suicides.  Another fact which should be noted is that the teen suicide rate is very small, and has actually been decreasing each year in areas that are NOT using Teen Screen.  What does this tell you???

 

QUESTIONS
 

1.  Are parents fully informed BEFORE their children are given this survey? 

   2. Are parents allowed to see the questions their children are being

asked?

   3.  Is full written consent of the parent(s) required before the child is given the survey?


4.  Who administers this survey in each school, and who gets the completed surveys?

5.  Is the child required to put his or her name on the survey?

6.  Is the child assured of complete privacy for his or her answers, and is "immunity" promised for answers about drug and alcohol use?

7.  Since many of the questions in this survey do not ask for enough information for even the most qualified mental health practitioner to make a diagnosis, what are the criteria upon which these surveys are adjudicated?

8.  Are the people who assess these surveys all connected to the Parmaceutical Company-funded Teen Screen organization?

9.  It has been brought to our attention by parents whose children have taken the survey that the child is the first one who is told of the "diagnosis."  This is done at the school, and not in the presence of the parents.  Is this the standard procedure in every school where Teen Screen is being used?

10.  How is it possible to label a child with one of the myriad "disorders" contained in the DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual used by mental health practitioners as their "bible") without ever personally interviewing the child in depth?

11.  Is the child ever referred to a family physician, nutritionist or chiropractor for a complete medical evaluation if any problems show up on the survey?

 

Diagnostic Predictive Scales   DPS-8 (Youth)

“This interview (survey) is designed to be used by qualified professional as an aid to diagnosis
.  It is not a substitute for a thorough clinical evaluation”.

1.      Who decides which people are "qualified professionals?"

2
.      Of what use is this survey to schools and teachers to enable them to ensure the student is getting a real education?

3
.      Has this survey proven itself as a useful tool to enable children to read, write and do math better?

4
.      Who has access to the completed surveys, and for what purpose?


1
. “Who spent the most time taking care of you in the past 3 months?:

Both parents

Mother, only

Father, only

Grandparents (s)

Sister/brother

Aunt/uncle

Foster parents

Other adult”

2
.      “In the last three months did you have trouble seeing the chalkboard”?

3
.      “Do you wear glasses”?

4
.      “Have you seen an eye doctor about this”?

5
.      “In the last three months….did you have a toothache”?

6
.      “Have you seen a dentist about this”? 

        These questions are very intrusive into the privacy of the child and the family.  What is their purpose?  If a child needs glasses or needs to see a dentist, these are things which can easily be addressed by the school nurse and the parents or guardians of the child.  Why would a national "psychological" organization want this information? What relevance does this information have to the prevention of teen suicides?



SECTION A



1
.  “In the last three months….have you often felt very nervous and uncomfortable when you have been with a group of children…say, in the lunchroom at school or at a party”?

       
This question addresses some very typical adolescent behaviour.  It is also typical of psychiatry to classify normal behaviours as "mental disorders."  The DSM is full of them, i.e. "mathematics disorder," and "reading disorder."  Children who are not taught to read properly cannot read.  They need to be properly instructed.  This is NOT a mental disorder, and there is no medication which can help a child learn to read.  Just as there is no medication that will take the place of the hormonal and social adjustments which are NORMAL for all adolescents.

2.      “Have you often felt very nervous when you had to do things in front of  people”?

        Who hasn't??  I don't know a single adult or child who doesn't experience a bit of nervousness when having to "do things in front of people."  Once again, digging for a "disorder" amongst what is truly normal behaviour.


SECTION B

1
.      “For this question, I want to know if you have ever had a sudden attack of feeling very afraid.   In the kind of attack, I mean someone becomes very afraid even though there is nothing around them to frighten them.  Sometimes they feel they can’t breathe…sometimes their heart beats very fast.  The attacks come on very suddenly, then goes away, but they get afraid that the attacks might come back. In the last three months have you had an attack when all of a sudden you felt you were very afraid or strange”?  

2
.      “Have you had a time when you were suddenly feeling like you were suffocating or you couldn’t breathe”?

3
.      “Do you have asthma”?

4
.      “The only time you felt afraid or couldn’t breathe was when you were having an asthma attack”?

 
       There is a very serious problem with this question.  It does not ask under what circumstances the child is experiencing these things.  A car accident?  A really frightening encounter with a criminal?  Watching a very scary movie?  Sometimes, even if there is nothing in the present environment to be afraid of, just remembering these things can cause anxiety.  Also, there are medical conditions and nutritional deficiencies which can also cause these symptoms.  Asthma is not the ONLY medical reason extant for this condition.


SECTION C

5
.      “In the last three months….Have often worried a lot before you were going to play a sport or game or some other activity Have you had a lot of headaches”?

        This question gets skewed due to the fact that it is a normal behaviour combined with a question about headaches.  If a child is having "a lot of headaches" they should be seen by a regular physician and given a complete and very thorough medical examination.  A psychiatrist or psychologist is the LAST person this child should see.

6.      “In the last three months have you had other aches and pains”? 

        Asking this question which requires only a yes or no answer provides no information at all as to what may be the cause of any aches or pains.  If the child is having aches and pains, a person who was genuinely interested in the welfare of the child would want to know what caused them.  Is the child over-doing in sports activities?  Has the child recently had the flu, been in a car accident, broken a bone?  These things need only to be addressed by a regular physician or health care provider.  What can psychiatric medication or counseling do to heal a broken arm???

7.      “Are you the kind of person who is often very tense, or finds it very hard to relax”? 

         
Due to the fact that most children and adults in the U.S. are inundated with food additives, dyes, MSG, mercury from dental fillings and vaccinations, chlorine & flouride in drinking water, etc., this question would probably be answered in the affirmative by at least 75% of the population.  There is no existing drug or counseling protocol which would be at all effective in eliminating the causes stated above.

SECTION D

8
.      “Some young people have times when one thought comes into the mind over and over again. When people have these thoughts they usually get upset, because the thoughts are strange.  No matter how hard they try the thoughts keep on coming back.

Now I am going to ask you if you have had thoughts like these in the last three months
.  Have you had to count things over and over again? Or make yourself do things a certain number of times”?

9
.      “In the last three months…was there a time when you washed your hands  or body over and over again or changed your clothes many times each day because you thought they were dirty”?

10
. “Have you often felt you should check on things over and over again? For example:  checking that the front door is locked…or the stove is turned off or that something else was done, though you knew it had been done”?

         
   Asking a teenager to answer these questions while sitting at a computer terminal is not nearly adequate.  Teens are normally introspective, and some of them are easily suggestible.  An interview with a live person who can observe body language, eye contact, etc. is the only way to get an answer to these questions which would in any way be definitive of a problem.

11
. “In the last three months….have you often worried that things you touch are dirty or have germs”?

        Television, radio, and print media have created so much fear about "bacteria" and flu "pandemics" that it would be ABNORMAL for most of the population to answer this question in the negative.  Advertisements for anti-bacterial soap, "wiping away germs" in the kitchen and bathroom, germs in nurseries and day care centers are a constant in our society.

12.“Have you had any other thoughts that kept coming into your mind over and over again that you couldn’t get rid of”?

        What adolescent girl is NOT constantly thinking about how her hair looks?  Are her hips too big?  Are her clothes cool enough?  Does the boy she has a crush on even know she exists?  The NORMAL answer to this question would be yes.  Unless a teenager is drugged into total oblivion, there isn't an adolescent anywhere who would not answer this question in the affirmative.

13.  “In the last three months…

Have you done things like counting, checking, washing, over and over again because you like to do these things”?

14
.  “Have you done these things like counting, checking, washing, over and over again, only because you’ve been told by someone else to make sure that you’ve done them right”?



SECTION E

15.  “In the last three months…

Has there been a time when nothing was fun for you and you just weren’t interested in anything”?


        There is not a person living who could answer no to this question.  Lack of sleep, over-stimulation from watching too much television, worry about typical every-day things that teens worry about, any number of things could contribute to feeling like this.  It is obvious that whoever wrote this question is not in the least bit interested in knowing the duration of these feelings.  Something like this which is of long duration, accompanied by visible lack of care about personal appearance, might indicate a problem.  As the question is written, it uncovers nothing.

16.  “Has there been a time when you had less energy than you usually do”?

        Considering the fact that there are times when every human being has low energy levels, this question is completely irrelevant to any possibility of discovering a mental problem.  Low blood sugar, recovering from an illness, and any number of medical situations can sap one's energy.

1
7. “Has there been a time when you felt you couldn’t do anything well or that you weren’t as good-looking or as smart as other people”?

        I dare you to find a single adolescent anywhere in the world who would not give an affirmative answer to this question.  The question itself perfectly describes a NORMAL teen-ager.

18.  “In the last three months…

Has there been a time when you thought seriously about killing yourself”?


        Once again, this question addresses normal adolescent thinking.  Trying to come up with ways to make parents, or an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend feel sorry for them, most teens will entertain the idea of suicide as a solution.

19.  “Have you tried to kill yourself in the last year”?

        Considering the fact that suicide attempts are the main side effects of ALL psychiatric drugs that are foisted upon our youth,  (Paxil, Zoloft, Ritalin, Concerta, just to name a few), this question  is lacking a necessary qualifier.  If the person who wrote this question was truly interested in the welfare of the child, they would want to know if the child was on any psychiatric medication.  They would also want to know about any traumatic incidents which may have happened in the child's life.

20.  “Has there been a time when doing even the little things made you feel really tired”?

        Yet again, this question lacks any medical qualifier.  Has the child recently been ill?  Is the child getting adequate rest?  Does the child's diet contain enough nourishment for a growing adolescent body?  It is impossible to answer this question with anything but a "yes" as it has happened to everyone.  Without the medical qualifier, a yes answer does not indicate anything relevant to the purported purpose of this "

Teen Screen."

  
21.   “In the last three months…

Has there been a time when you couldn’t think as clearly or as fast as usual”?


        I challenge you to show me a single human who would not answer yes to this question.  The effects of drugs & alcohol, not enough sleep, poor nutrition, being distracted by any type of worry could bring this on.


           
I have just asked you about the last three months.  Now, I want you to think about the last year”.


    SECTION F

22.  “The next questions are about you use of alcohol-beer, wine, wine coolers, or hard liquors like vodka, gin or whiskey
.  Each can or bottle of beer, glass of wine or wine cooler, shot of liquor, or mixed drink with liquor it it counts as one drink.

In the last year…Have you had six or more drinks”?

        Is Teen Screen interested in running a drug rehab operation that actually gets results?  If so, they would want to know if the child goes on binges, or drinks until they pass out, or has black-outs.  The criteria of  "6 or more" tells us nothing.

23.  “Did you get in trouble with the police when you were drunk or because you had been drinking”?
        In the unlikely event that this question is answered in the affirmative, where are the follow-up questions?  What did the parents do?  Has the teen changed his or her drinking habits since the incident?

24.  “In the last years…

Did you get into arguments with your family or friends because of drinking”?


        Show me a drinker who has NOT been in an argument with family or friends while drinking. 

25.  “Did you miss school to go drinking or because you were hung over”?

        It is very likely that a teenager involved in heavy drinking would answer yes to this question.  If the person asking this question were really interested in the child, the question would also include "How many times?"  If it only happened once, (such as after prom night), the question would be answered in the affirmative with no indication that it only happened once. In that case, it is NOT a problem which needs any particular attention and is not indicative of the teen-ager's true behaviour.


SECTION G

26.  “In the last year…

Have you used marijuana six or more times”?

        Teen Screen is supposed to be used to prevent teen suicides.  How is this relevant?  Using marijuana 6 or more times over the course of an entire year is not necessarily an indicator of any abnormal mental state.

27.  “Did you miss school to use marijuana or because you were too high on marijuana to go to school”?

          
Once again, the ONLY question which would reveal abnormal behaviour is left out.  How many times?  If it's a regular occurance, it is a problem.  If it only happened once it is not.

28.  “In the last year…

Did you get into arguments with your friends and family because you were using marijuana”?


        I would HOPE there were arguments about a teen's marijuana use.  This would be NORMAL.


SECTION H

29.  “Have you used any opiates to get high
.  This includes things like codeine, Demerol, morphine, percodan, methadone, Darvon, opium, Delaudid, Talwin and so on”.

“In the last year…

Have you used any of these to get high””?

 
       I find it very curious that no questions are asked about the illicit use of psychiatric drugs to get high.  Most people don't know that heroin was the psychiatrist's answer to morphine addiction.  Morphine was the answer to cocaine addiction.  All of these drugs were introduced by psychiatrists as the solution.  Now Ritalin as become one of the most highly abused drugs.  Who introduced that drug?  Psychiatrists.

30.  Have you used any kind of hallucinogen? This includes LSD or “acid”, mescaline, peyote, DMT, psilocybin and so on
.  Have you used one of these?
        An affirmative answer to this question should only endear the teen to any psychiatrist or psychologist.  After all, it was psychologist Timothy Leary who promoted these hallucinogens.  It was psychiatrists who gleefully used LSD to try to induce psychosis in unsuspecting subjects so they could "study" psychosis.  Psychiatrist "Jolly" West actually killed an elephant with LSD at UCLA. 

31.   In the last year…

“Have you used stimulants or amphetamines…like speed, diet pills, Benzedrine, methamphetamine or anything like that to get high”?
        Since more than 8 million school children in the U.S. are being prescribed stimulant drugs by psychiatrists, why should Teen Screen be interested in any answer to this question?

32.  “Have you used cocaine or ‘crack’?”

33.  “In the last year…Have you used heroin”?

34.  “Have you used PCP or “Angel Dust”?

35.   “In the last year…Have you used ecstasy”?

36.  “Have you used any inhalants…like glue, cleaning fluid, gasoline or paint to get high”?

         
All of the above questions show several glaring omissions.  They do not ask how many times.  They also do not ask if the teen is abusing any prescribed drugs.  The fact that many teens "share" their psychiatric drugs is not addressed here either.

37.  “How often did your parents feel worried or concerned about the way you were feeling or acting?

a
.       A lot of the time

b
.      Some of the time

c
.       Hardly ever

d
.      Not at all”

        I would be very concerned if the parents of any adolescent were not frequently worried about their child.  This is NORMAL.

38.  “Were they worried or concerned because of:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.      Other things you did?

39.  How often did you parents get annoyed or upset with you because of the way you were feeling or acting?

a.       A lot of the time

b.      Some of the time

c.       Hardly ever

d.      Not at all

40.  Were they annoyed or upset because of:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.       Other things you did?

41.  How often were you not able to do things or go places with your family because of the way you felt or acted?

a.       A lot of the time

b.      Some of the time

c.       Hardly ever

d.      Not at all


42.  Were you not able to do things or go places because:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.       Other things you did?

43.  How often did the way you were feeling or acting make it difficult to do your schoolwork or cause problems with your grades?

a.       A lot of the time

b.      Some of the time

c.       Hardly ever

d.      Not at all

44.  Did you have problems with your schoolwork or grades because of:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.       Other things you did?

         
This question is of concern to me because it does not address whether or not the student is having problems due to the fact that he or she is not being properly taught.  If a child does not understand something about what they are studying, they will most likely feel most of those things listed above.

45.  How often were your teachers annoyed or upset with you because of the way you were feeling or acting?

a.       A lot of the time

b.      Some of the time

c.       Hardly ever

d.      Not at all

         
This question does not address the fact that many of today's teachers are not competent to teach.  The obvious rise of functional illiteracy in the U.S. is testament to the fact that reading and writing are not being taught properly.  The attempts to downgrade tests to coincide with the lack of good education, the lowering of standards for college and university acceptance, all point to a lack of good teaching.  If a teacher gets upset or annoyed with a student, it is usually because that student is not being taught in a way which will actually assist him to learn anything.

43.  Were you teachers annoyed or upset because of:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.       Problems with your behavior?

c.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

d.       Other things you did?


44.  How often did the way you were feeling or acting make you feel bad or feel upset?

a.       A lot of the time

b.      Some of the time

c.       Hardly ever

d.      Not at all


45.  Did you feel bad or upset because of:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.       Other things you did?


46.  Have you been to see someone at a hospital, or at a clinic because of the way you were feeling or acting?

a.       yes

b.      no


47.  Did you go to see someone because of:

a.       You were feeling anxious or worried?

b.      You were feeling sad or depressed?

c.       Problems with your behavior?

d.      Problems with alcohol or drugs?

e.       Other things you did”?
        If the child is seeing or has seen a mental health practitioner, why does Teen Screen want to know this?  Do they think they are better at preventing teen suicides than their "partners in crime?"  Will they not bother to "assess" a survey done by a child who is already under treatment?  If the child is already being treated, would the child's practitioner have consented to allowing the child to do this survey if they had been notified by Teen Screen?
 

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