Child Poverty Linked to Early Neurological Impairment

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A new NIH-funded study suggests that children from low-income environments are more likely to have neurological impairments. The researchers claim that these neurodevelopmental issues are ā€œdistinct from the risk of cognitive and emotional delays known to accompany early-life poverty.ā€

Talking About Psych Diagnoses and Drugs: A Primer for Parents & Professionals

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It is important to tell parents the truth about what can and cannot be known about their child. In this way, people come to appreciate that labels and treatments offered by psychiatric professionals are far from being grounded in hard science.

Interview with Gary Greenberg: The DSM is the Key to the Health Care Treasury

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BrainBlogger has an interview with Gary Greenberg, psychotherapist and author of The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry. "The (Diagnostic...

Problem Behaviors are Medicalized in White Children and Criminalized in Black Children

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Race often determines whether school punishment or therapy and drugs will be used to address childrenā€™s problem behaviors.

Vikas Saini: Protecting Patients From Excessive Medicine

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In this piece for theĀ BMJ, Jeanne Lenzer profiles Vikas Saini, a cardiologist who is working to fight against excessive medical treatment. His work with...

More Than Two-Thirds of Antidepressants Prescribed Against Guidelines

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Results of a new study reveal that sixty-nine percent, or more than two-thirds, of patients prescribed antidepressant drugs have never, in their medical history, met the criteria for major depression. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry this month, also found that several demographic factors, like race and gender, were associated with the prescription of antidepressants.

The Effect of Psychiatric Diagnosis on Young Peopleā€™s Sense of Self and Social Identity

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A new review highlights the effects that psychiatric diagnosis has on children and adolescentsā€™ social relationships and views of self.