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April 6, 2013

Letters to the Editor: April 6, 2013

National

debt

TO THE EDITOR: Our national debt is a crime.

Somebody ought to do time.

Some folks think it’s Lefties,

Have made it so hefty,

And are making the bloody thing climb.

LEON S. HARDING

Chazy

Insulting,

disrespectful

TO THE EDITOR: The article in the April 2013 issue of Jill magazine, “What In The World Are They Thinking?” by Heidi J. Moore, MD, was insulting and disrespectful in so many ways and on so many levels I do not know where to begin.

She manages to insult teenagers, parents, addicts, the welfare system and counselors. She states that “teenagers think like adults.”

Numerous brain studies suggest full brain development and functioning may not occur until the early twenties. The psycho-social developmental process is identity formation, yes, but also separation and individuation.

Abstract thinking does not suddenly appear.

Another suggestion is that “they have a social conscience.” True, but powerful component of this developmental process is modeling.

Parents using descriptions like “crack-snorting addict on a monthly disability check distributed for chronic nosebleeds” does not contribute to raising one’s consciousness. Communication is a complex process. Modeling effective, respectful communication is important.

There are many teenagers being raised by addicts. Many of these people are addicted to medications prescribed by their physicians. Most of these people are not on public assistance. Addiction, Dr. Moore, is an illness. Public assistance is primarily for the safety and welfare of children. Derision of an illness, whether medical or societal is not helpful and, one would hope, not the typical language of health-care professionals.

As a practicing psychotherapist for many years, I do not recall ever having a “Kumbayah session”. The therapists that I know are pretty serious about their work. The teenagers that I have seen in my office are pretty serious about discussing their problems.

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