Alexander Pope once wrote: A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: I thought it best to start by making it clear that despite some training, a counselling course and more experience than I care to mention here, I am a novice when it comes to CAMHS. A recent experience has made me question whether professionals dealing directly with those services are acting in the best interests of the children involved or are doing as they are bidden by cashstrapped la,la,las. Specifically, I have noted a situation whereby it has been made clear that one individual 'does not have any mental health issues' which is odd, as they routinely throw tantrums, bellow hysterically and threaten to damage equipment and harm themselves (which they do in the most dramatic manner imaginable). Although I can see how some of these behaviours can be ascribed to the medication they are taking, I still find it hard to believe that anyone presenting as they do on a reasonably regular basis does not have mental health issues. Indeed, I suspect that this is but another example of those who have a tendency to implode being all but forgotten about while those with a propensity to explode attract all the attention, not to mention the funding. I defer here after to others who have had a greater depth and range of experience of such issues than I have. Your comments are most welcome, as ever.