Saturday, July 2, 2022

Experts Urge Caution as AAP Calls for Mental Health Screenings for Newborns to 21-Year-Olds

From Children's Health Defense: With warnings of a mental health crisis among young people, the recommendation may appear sound and reasonable — but depression screening can be dangerous, some experts say.

To Prevent Mass Shootings, Stop Relying on the Myth of Motive; Start Doing Forensic...

From PACEs Connection: The right question is: What happened to this person? What happened to a beautiful baby boy to turn him into an 18-year-old killer spouting racist screed?

Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues

From Raised Good: Suffering with a "cumulative stress reaction" as a result of the snowballing effect of "too much," children develop their own coping strategies to feel safe.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or: Play by the Rules, Hysteric!

From Surviving Psychiatry: The idea that the "DBT clinician" is the "master" who holds the authority to assess individuals’ emotions, experiences, and coping strategies, and to "fix" them is, as a premise, utterly disempowering.

ADHD Meds Don’t Lead to Higher Grades or More Learning, FIU Study Finds

From the Miami Herald: The research contradicts a longstanding belief among doctors, teachers, parents and patients that ADHD students perform better in class while on prescription amphetamines and stimulants.

Man Who Killed Son Tours Canada With “Know Your Drugs” Campaign

From the Windsor Star: “You’ve got to question your doctor,” said David Carmichael, of Toronto. “You’ve got to question, research, and report suspected adverse drug reactions.”

How Emotional Neglect Can Leave You Feeling Deeply Flawed | Jonice Webb, PhD

From Psychology Today: Being raised in an emotionally neglectful family sets you up to have an estranged relationship with your own emotions, which sets you apart from others and yourself.

Are Violent Teens Suffering ‘the Rage of the Unparented’? | Gabor Maté, MD

From Dr. Gabor Maté: We need to look at the lives of today’s children and adolescents and, above all, at what’s missing in their lives.

Why Forced Addiction Treatment Fails | Maia Szalavitz

From The New York Times: Since the data shows that the best treatment is compassionate and inviting, coercion should be the last resort, not the first.

NHS Data: 41% Rise in Antidepressant Prescribing to Children Aged 5-12 Since 2015

From The Pharmaceutical Journal: The majority were males, and peaks in antidepressant prescribing to young people in England coincided with periods of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allowing Human Nature to Work Successfully | Jean Liedloff

From In her influential book The Continuum Concept, Jean Liedloff argued that the psychosocial ills of modern society result from our misconception of human nature as something inherently bad or problematic.

The Bear in the Classroom – Trauma-Informed Teacher

From Ransom for Israel: Here’s the reality; if you are a teacher or you work in any capacity with children, then you are working with children with Complex Trauma.

Who Are the New ‘Patient Influencers’ on Social Media?

From HealthDay: 'Patient influencers' are being seen as an increasingly popular direct-to-consumer marketing tool by pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.

Top Mental Health and Prayer Apps Fail Spectacularly at Privacy, Security

From Mozilla: Mental health and prayer apps are worse than any other product category at protecting people’s privacy and security, according to Mozilla researchers.

The Roots of Pathology: Authoritarianism Towards Babies | Darcia Narvaez

From Kindred Media: When traumatized early and subjected to existential fear, a child loses their center of gravity, surrenders spontaneity and begins to function as an automaton.

ADHD Drugs Are Convenient to Get Online. Maybe Too Convenient

From Bloomberg Businessweek: Backed by SoftBank and promoted by Simone Biles, Cerebral has built the fastest-growing online mental health business. Former employees say the rapid expansion comes at the expense of patient care.

As Conservatorship Abuse Gains More Attention, More Activists Speak Out Against It

From The Daily Kos: "Saying that you’re going to remove someone’s rights in order to protect them doesn’t make any sense," said activist Marian Kornicki. "People need support, but you don’t remove their rights to do that."

Mother of 11-Year-Old Who Died by Suicide Sues Social Media Firms Meta, Snap

From The Washington Post: The lawsuit alleges Selena Rodriguez’s suicide was "caused by the defective design, negligence and unreasonably dangerous features of their products," the Social Media Victims Law Center said in a statement.

How to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children

From TED: What would it be like if we helped parents unpack their own childhood, so they don’t have to carry that baggage and put it on their children’s shoulders?

Love Can Fuel the Deep Empathy Needed to Understand Psychosis

From Psyche: Understanding, being understood and sharing a meaningful life are central to feelings of belonging, which in turn are fundamental to wellbeing and recovery from mental health problems.

Reducing Mental Health Detention of People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities

From Doughty Street Chambers: People with learning disabilities and/or autism who have experienced and survived institutionalisation often carry the psychological scars for many years.
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New Year’s Resolution: Address Grief and Trauma in Healthy Ways

From Darcia Narvaez, PhD: Everyone needs to learn to grieve losses and deal with shock. Here are practices that build resilience in children (and everyone).

Drugs as the New Parents

From Mark Goulston MD/Psychology Today: Do emotionally orphan children turn to drugs to fill the void?

By Tracing Addiction (and More) to Childhood Trauma, Can We Find Compassion?

From YES! Magazine: "Trauma is an overwhelming threat that you don’t know how to deal with," says Dr. Gabor Maté. "Our job, as human beings, is to learn from our suffering."

He Cheered on Britney Spears—While Fighting a Guardianship Battle of His Own

From The Washington Post: The aftershocks of #FreeBritney could continue to rattle the American legal system long after Spears’s victory.

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