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Hundreds of interviews, two years of my life, to discover the untold story of how mental health experts are making adolescents sicker, sadder, unwilling to grow up
A single question motivates BAD THERAPY: Why does the generation that received the most therapy, the most mental health diagnoses, the most psychiatric medication also seem to have the worst mental health? How did a generation raised so gently come to believe it had experienced debilitating trauma? And when faced with tasks teenagers a generation ago handled with ease, why are so many of today’s young people falling apart? Why are they not able to do for themselves? Why are they not growing up?
BAD THERAPY is the product of hundreds of interviews with parents, teenagers, child psychiatrists, academic psychologists, sociologists, parenting coaches, teachers and school counselors. And what I learned is this: The experts are a big part of the problem. For more than a generation, our mental health experts have been treating healthy young people, making them sick, feeding the well into an unending mental health pipeline.
But we parents can fix this. We can act on the knowledge gained from tens of thousands of hours with our kids, family traditions, and our own judgment and reclaim our kids from the experts whose advice has made young people’s mental health so much worse.
I look forward to continuing this discussion with you, here on Substack!
And I will be speaking on campus, mid-October, at the University of North Carolina followed by the University of Virginia. Details to follow.
BAD THERAPY is available for pre-order on Amazon as of today.