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Labeling, categorizing people is dehumanizing

February 14, 2014
The Alpena News

This letter is in response to the AP article that was in the 1/14/14 Alpena News having to do with mental health screening and counseling in our schools. The article, though really serves to highlight what is wrong with our current systemic approaches in attempting to be helpful and in solving psychological and social problems. The article cites a fifteen year old struggling with the reality that his father has been diagnosed with cancer but that the identified helping this young man cope with that reality is to have him undergo a mental health screening where he is then diagnosed with "major depressive disorder." This certainly begs the questions as to what fifteen year old would not be emotionally impacted by having a parent dealing with cancer and why there is the need to identify his reactions and coping as a disorder.



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