Thursday, October 29, 2020

Hundreds of Children Stuck in IL Psych Hospitals Despite State’s Promises to Find Them...

From ProPublica Illinois: “There’s not a whole lot that tells a kid you don’t matter [more] than keeping them locked up in a psych ward for no reason other than there’s nowhere to place them for months on end."
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Four Children

I went to the children’s ward, to work with the kids. I remembered to tell all of them that I had been locked up my whole childhood on psych wards, and this always made them trust me.

Is ADHD Diagnosis Flawed? Younger Classmates More Likely to Be Diagnosed

From Sociology Lens: If ADHD is a genetically determined neurobiological disorder, a child’s birthdate, gender and other factors should have no bearing on their chances of ‘having’ it.
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Suicidal Thoughts, Psychiatric Diagnosis, and What Really Helps: Part Two

This piece is the second of a two-part essay about suicide, diagnosis, what doesn't help, and what does help. This part is about barriers to seeking help and about the ways we actually can be of help to people who are considering suicide.
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Suicidal Thoughts, Psychiatric Diagnosis, and What Really Helps: Part One

This piece is the first of a two-part essay about suicide, diagnosis, what doesn't help, and what does help. This part is about suicide, diagnosis, and some of what fails to help.

Painful Questions: What Happens When Doctors Uncover ACEs?

From The Imprint: Screening for adverse childhood experiences has been met with growing concern among health researchers and child welfare experts, but the California surgeon general says it’s critical not to wait.
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CAUTION: Spin Ahead! There is No Evidence That Psychostimulants Reduce the Risk for Infection...

Debunking a recent study on ADHD and COVID-19: It suffers from a series of manipulations and spins that are inappropriate in scientific research that aspires to objectivity and that aims to reveal truths.

Jodi Aman – Anxiety, I’m So Done with You

An interview with Jodi Aman, LCSW, a psychotherapist and coach who has more than 20 years of experience working with children, their parents, and helpers. She is the author of the book Anxiety....I'm So Done With You: A Teen’s Guide to Ditching Toxic Stress & Hardwiring Your Brain For Happiness

Study: Teens Who View Parents as Loving and Supportive Less Likely to Be Cyberbullies

From the Daily Mail (UK): Teenagers who see their mum and dad as loving caregivers are less likely to be cyberbullies than children with...
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Born Addicted to Valium: Understanding a Lifetime of Symptoms

Withdrawal felt like: evil feeding on my soul, my spirit being tortured, not being able to feel love, constantly feeling like I was falling in a dark tunnel, and wanting to get out of my body.

CDC: One Quarter of Young Adults Contemplated Suicide During Pandemic

From Politico: The toll is falling heaviest on young adults, caregivers, essential workers and minorities.

Embrace the Messiness! An Interview with Pediatrician Claudia Gold

An interview with Claudia Gold, M.D., pediatrician, infant-parent mental health specialist, author, teacher, and speaker based in western Massachusetts. We discuss the importance of human interaction in child development.

Child Abuse and Psychosis: My Healing Journey

Hospitalized for "grandiose delusions," I began to wonder: Was my dis-orientation really just a sickness? Or in "treating" it, was I missing a powerful re-orientation toward healing old wounds?

Worried About a Coronavirus Summer Slump? Boost Kids’ Brainpower With Nature

From National Geographic: Time spent outdoors has been linked with improved attention spans, better memory, and enhanced executive function.

How to Deal With Your Teenager’s Depression

From The Telegraph: Classic signs of teen depression can be tricky to spot now that pyjamas are acceptable daywear and many of our routines have vanished.
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The Year I Lost Everything, Psychiatry Offered Nothing

After a failed suicide attempt following my son's death, New York State incarcerated me in a mental institution for 21 days. The environment was degrading, stultifying, and downright depressing.

Youth Antidepressant Use Associated With Increased Suicide and Self-Harm

National data on rates of youth antidepressant prescription, suicide, and self-harm in Australia sparks public health debate about drug safety.
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Black Suicidality and Mental Health #BlackLivesMatter

Suicides in Black communities can be understood to be caused by an institutionalized inequality that requires Black folks to negotiate their quality of life with life itself.

Exercise for Youth Mental Health in the Lockdown: Interview with Psychologist Scott Greenspan

School Psychologist Scott Greenspan discusses how to promote exercise and mental wellbeing for adolescents stuck indoors during the pandemic.

Withdrawing Kids from Psych Drugs: Why, How, and When

Here are methods for reducing or eliminating a child's psychiatric medications that I have seen work well over years of supporting families through this process.

Supporting Children and Parents to Withdraw from Psychiatric Medication

The main problem with prescribing psychiatric drugs to children is that it hasn’t been very effective.

Creating a Guide for Parents During Lock Down – by Children

From Dulwich Centre: A number of narrative practitioners have consulted children in their lives to create a guide for parents during lockdown.

What If This Pandemic Is the Best Thing to Happen to Children with Challenges?

Families may be worried that the stress of lockdown may aggravate their child’s struggles. Yet, we hear some parents say the situation has changed their child for the better. Why might that be? In this interview, Dr. Nicole Beurkens talks about the impact of “quarantine life” on children with different types of behavioral, emotional, and neurodevelopmental challenges.

Awakening: Shedding the “Mentally Ill” Identity and Reclaiming My Life

If I had not crumbled, brought to my knees beneath the weight of the misdiagnoses and sordid side-effects of the medications, I would not have had the opportunity to rise up and gain such a strong sense of self—something for which many spend their whole life searching.

The Pandemic Will Haunt Today’s Children Forever

From The Washington Post: Stress during this vulnerable period can be especially damaging to children who already have accumulated trauma in their lives.

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