To be well is to be not unwell : the new battleground inside our children’s heads

Graham, Linda J. (2015) To be well is to be not unwell : the new battleground inside our children’s heads. In Wright, Katie & McLeod, Julie (Eds.) Rethinking youth wellbeing: Critical perspectives. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 11-33.

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A number of factors are thought to increase the risk of serious psychiatric disorder, including a family history of mental health issues and/or childhood trauma. As a result, some mental health advocates argue for a pre-emptive approach that includes the use of powerful anti-psychotic medication with young people considered at-risk of developing bipolar disorder or psychosis. This controversial approach is enabled and, at the same time, obscured by medical discourses that speak of promoting and maintaining youth “wellbeing”, however, there are inherent dangers both to the pre-emptive approach and in its positioning within the discourse of wellbeing. This chapter critically engages with these dangers by drawing on research with “at-risk” children and young people enrolled in special schools for disruptive behaviour. The stories told by these highly diagnosed and heavily medicated young people act as a cautionary tale to counter the increasingly common perception that pills and “Dr Phil’s” can cure social ills.

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ID Code: 78039
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Medicalisation, Social disadvantage, Disruptive behaviour, Children & youth at-risk
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-287-188-6_2
ISBN: 9789812871879
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Springer
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2014 00:52
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 15:15

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