Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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...

“When the Brain is Under Attack”

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The Boston Globe reports on the discovery of a newly recognized neurological disease, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. The disease is believed to be caused when the body’s immune system attacks proteins in the brain associated with the communication of neurons.

“Child Who Just Lost Balloon Begins Lifelong Battle With Depression” (The Onion)

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The humor newspaper The Onion satirizes the conversion of transient human emotions into lifelong illnesses, reporting that "Shortly after losing grip of a helium-filled...

“United States of Adderall (Part II)”

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Writing for Huffpost, medical doctor Lawrence Diller looks at the effects of the ever increasing diagnoses for ADHD and the addiction and abuse issues...

“The Myth of the Ever-More-Fragile College Student”

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“The point, overall, is that given the dizzying array of possible factors at work here, it’s much too pat a story to say that kids are getting more 'fragile' as a result of some cultural bugaboo,” Jesse Singal writes in response to the flurry of recent think pieces decrying the weakened resolve of today's college students.

Trial Over Suicide and Texting Lays Bare Pain of 2 Teenagers

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From The New York Times: Michelle Carter, a 20-year-old woman, is currently being tried for urging her boyfriend to kill himself via text message. According to...

“Sales of ADHD Meds Are Skyrocketing. Here’s Why.”

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-Mother Jones looks at drug company promotional efforts, expanded diagnostic criteria, and the appeal of amphetamines to high-performance cultures globally.

Too Many Parents Don’t “Understand Their Role” in Getting Children Diagnosed

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-"Temper, Anxiety, Homework Trouble Are Medical Issues? Many Parents Don’t Realize It," stated a University of Michigan press release and survey report.

“Double Standard in Medication Compliance for Those Diagnosed with Mental Illness”

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PsychCentral offers a take on noncompliance: "The moment we decide for others why they experience something as they do is the moment at which...

Do Psychological Therapies for Schizophrenia and Psychosis Work? – A Debate

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-A debate between one of the co-authors of the Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia report, and two authors whose meta-analysis of cognitive behavioral therapy was cited in that report.

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