Did you see that report in the paper? One in five children between the ages of 11 and 13 report hearing voices, which experts regard as a sign of mental illness.
Think about that. They reckon children imagining things is a sign of mental illness. According to the report, the voices tend to stop as the children grow older, but those who continue to hear them face a much higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder. Well, who ever thought that children would stop imagining things as they grow up? According to the Irish Times, the findings are contained in a study funded by the Health Research Board and published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Transfer that back to your own childhood. Pretend it was written when you were eleven.
One in five children between the ages of 11 and 13 report shooting aliens, which experts regard as a sign of mental illness. Strangely, according to the report, shoting aliens tends to stop as the children grow older, but those who continue to shoot aliens face a much higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder.
It’s one thing running along the top of a wall when you’re eleven, firing a megablaster at a Predator, but maybe when you hit 35 it’s not such a great idea. Eh?
How exactly could a child show signs of psychiatric disorder simply by imagining things? Isn’t that part of the job description for being a child? Take it a step further and ask a fundamental question. What if a child is not imagining things? Maybe that’s a sign of psychiatric disorder.
I’ve always thought there was something a bit flaky about psychiatry. It’s not medicine and it’s not science. In truth, it’s more like magic or religion, which amount to the same thing, and so I’d be highly suspicious of profound assertions from Prof Mary Cannon who led the study, stating that hearing voices is more common than previously thought. Kids imagine shit, and then they make shit up, and then they believe the shit they invented. It’s part of being a kid.
According to Mary, In most cases these experiences resolve with time. However, in some children these experiences persist into older adolescence and this seems to be an indicator that they may have a complex mental health issue and require more in-depth assessment.
Translate this into English: Most kids imagine stuff and then they stop, but adults who imagine stuff have a problem.
That seems to be what Professor Mary Cannon has concluded.
This is something we didn’t know?