Saturday, October 16, 2021

When Does it Help to Have Background Information in Child-Centered Play Therapy?

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Knowing the client’s history can help foster genuine empathic responding, a key component to child-centered play therapy.

Do Family Interventions for Psychosis Translate in China?

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Researchers explore how family interventions for psychosis might be adapted to China’s emerging integrated mental health care landscape.

Meta-analysis Links Childhood Trauma to Psychosis Symptoms

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The study results suggest that experiences of childhood trauma impact the development of symptoms associated with psychosis.

Time for a Paradigm Shift in School Psychology Interventions

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Why do ineffective classification and intervention processes linger in school psychology, and what’s the alternative?

Storytelling Therapy for Trauma and Bullying

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A study out of the University of Buffalo explores the use of Narrative Exposure Therapy to treat youth PTSD and substance abuse. “Trauma is...

Childhood Anxiety Disorders Are Treatable With Therapies

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From MinnPost: According to psychologist Hal Pickett, childhood anxiety is best reduced through self-care and common-sense therapies such as getting enough sleep, maintaining a balanced...

Childhood Abuse Predicts Lack of Resilience From Depression

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A study of 1,128 adults drawn from Canada's National Population Health Survey finds that more than three quarters (77%) recovered from depression in 2...

Effects of Racism on Depression in Black College Women

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Black college women endorse more perceived stress and depressive symptoms than White college women, highlighting the impacts of racism.

Childhood Adversity and Psychosis: From Heresy to Certainty

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Presentation by John Read at the Meanings of Madness Conference. (Presentation begins at 5 minutes in.)

“Curing Naughty Children With Drugs”

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Dr. Max Pemberton “The Mind Doctor” weighs in on the Cochrane review which questioned the evidence for Ritalin for ADHD. He writes: “History is...

“The Guardian’s Bad Hair Day”

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“No, cortisol in hair can’t ‘reveal future mental health risk’ in children.” HealthNewsReview gives a low rating to a recent story in the Guardian that reported that cortisol levels in children’s hair might be a useful mental health screening tool.

Study Explores Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence in College Women with Disabilities

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A new study explores sexual violence and intimate partner violence in college women with mental health related disabilities.

Bringing Structural Competency to Global Mental Health

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Structural competency is put forth as a framework that addresses social and structural determinants in global mental health.

Case Study of Liberation Approach to International Mental Health Care

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Study in Brazil demonstrates how the exploration of contextual determinants of distress in mental health care can inform therapeutic change.

The Fictions and Futures of Transformative Justice

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In this interview for The New Inquiry, two co-editors and three writers of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements discuss prison abolition and...

“Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems”

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NPR reports how loneliness can change our bodies and affect our physical and mental health. "There are things we can do to get out of a depressed or lonely state, but they're not easy," they report. "Part of the reason is because these negative psychological states develop some kind of molecular momentum."

“Why We Need to Abandon the Disease-Model of Mental Health Care”

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In a guest blog for the Scientific American, Peter Kinderman takes on the “harmful myth” that our more distressing emotions can best be understood as symptoms of physical illnesses. “Our present approach to helping vulnerable people in acute emotional distress is severely hampered by old-fashioned, inhumane and fundamentally unscientific ideas about the nature and origins of mental health problems.”

Dateline NBC to Cover Child Psychiatric Overmedication Epidemic This Sunday

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This Sunday, June 12 at 7pm (EDT) on NBCs Dateline will cover MIA author Steve Francesco's book, Overmedicated and Undertreated: How I Lost My...

How to Change Psychology to Address Racial Health Disparities

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Psychology can only deal with racial health disparities effectively by incorporating critical race theory and intervening at a structural level.

Life Lessons and Trauma Informed Care

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My first real introduction to the world of madness and “mental illness” was when I was 21 years old and I left home to start my mental health nurse training. Reflecting on my own experiences has led me to consider how the trauma of participating in the psychiatric system can affect the way we care for others.

Targeting Hypocrisy Reduces Islamophobia and Collective Blame of Muslims

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Interventions calling attention to participants’ hypocrisy proved effective in reducing Islamophobia and collective blame of Muslims for individual acts of violence.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

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Gianna Kali reviews the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, "one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life...

Rise in Children With Mental Health Concerns After Terror Attacks

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From The Guardian: According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the number of children and young people seeking mental health support has spiked since recent...

Many Foster Kids Are Still Being Prescribed Antipsychotic Drugs

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Many experts expressed concern when the rate of antipsychotic prescriptions to children in foster care showed a rapid increase, peaking in 2008, and new recommendations and policies have tried to curb the use of these drugs. While the rate has plateaued, a new study points out that the “new normal” prescription levels are still dangerously high. The data reveals that almost one in ten children in foster care are currently being prescribed antipsychotic drugs with dangerous side-effects, many for diagnoses like ‘ADHD’ and disruptive behavior.

Mental Health Professionals and Patients Often Disagree on Causes of Symptoms

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A new study finds that clinicians’ disregard for mental health patients’ insight into their own condition may be detrimental to treatment.

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