Letters

The anguish of teenage mental illness

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7128.395 (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:395
  1. Andrew Clark, Consultant in adolescent psychiatrya,
  2. Asha Bhatt, Consultant in adolescent psychiatrya,
  3. Anne Gilchrist, Consultant in adolescent psychiatrya
  1. a McGuinness Unit, Mental Health Services of Salford NHS Trust, Manchester M25 3BL

    Editor—As the consultants responsible for the inpatient adolescent psychiatry unit featured in the Channel 4 documentary The Madness of Children we share the concerns expressed by Pearce about the programme's stigmatising title, its muddling of “extensions of normal behaviours and feelings” with specific mental illnesses, and its overemphasis on the use of drugs without reference to specific indications or accompanying psychotherapeutic interventions.1

    Allowing the media to portray medical practice is fraught with difficulties. A large amount …

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