Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Situational Therapist: 3 Ways Mental Illness Is Misdiagnosed in Children (video)

From The Situational Therapist: A marriage and family therapist offers an irreverent take on what's really going on when a child gets 'diagnosed with a mental illness.'

College Tuition Sparked a Mental Health Crisis. Then the Hospital Bill Arrived.

From KHN: A student from Mumbai with an interest in comedy discovers that college tuition, hospital bills, and psychiatric treatment are all very bad jokes in America.

More Parents Seek ADHD Diagnosis and Drugs for Kids to Manage Remote Learning

From NBC News: "I'm watching kids who used to love school become unenthused and unmotivated," said one Michigan-based pediatrician.

A 9-Year-Old Was Pepper-Sprayed by Police. Here’s What Should Have Happened Instead

From USA TODAY: "To expect a child to be able to overcome that biological [stress] response for the sake of compliance demonstrates a lack of understanding."

Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen

From The New York Times: Firmly linking teen suicides to school closings is difficult, but rising mental health emergencies point to the toll the pandemic lockdown is taking.

Why Some College Dorm Policies Are Driving Students Into Depression

From Forbes: Out of concern for their bottom line, colleges are betraying their students and trapping them in social isolation.

Teenage Hockey Player Working to Destigmatize ‘Mental Health Issues’

From ESPN: "No one with mental health issues should be called a burden," said Morgan Urso. "And that is the stigma I am trying to end."

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."

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Helping Teens Make Room for Uncomfortable Emotions

From The New York Times: Psychological health is not about being free from emotional discomfort, but about having the right feeling at the right time

Class of 2020 Students May Face Traumatic Loss Due to Coronavirus

From The Conversation: Emerging adulthood is a critical developmental stage. Combined with the transition into an uncertain future, existential despair can result.

The Kids Aren’t All Right

From The Atlantic: The youngest among us will bear the larger burdens of trauma and economic fallout from COVID-19.

6-Year-Old Girl Baker Acted Without Parent Consent

From NBC News: The Florida girl was committed for two days to a mental health facility and given anti-psychotic drugs after allegedly throwing a temper tantrum at school.

Are Psychiatric Medications Safe? The FDA’s Answer May Surprise You

From the Inner Compass Initiative: The real responsibility for determining if a drug is "safe enough" or "worth it", said the Deputy Director for Safety at the FDA’s Division of Psychiatry Products, lies with individual physicians and patients.
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National Survey: Students’ Feelings About High School Are Mostly Negative

From Yale News: Ask a high school student how he or she typically feels at school, and the answer you’ll likely hear is “tired,” closely followed by “stressed” and “bored.”

5 Things to Know as Calif. Starts Screening Children for Toxic Stress

From California Healthline: Starting this year, routine pediatric visits for millions of California children could involve questions about touchy family topics, such as divorce, unstable housing or a parent who struggles with alcoholism.

Lawsuit Over Teen’s Diagnosis, Treatment Heads to Trial

From AP: The suit was brought against Boston Children's Hospital by the parents of Justina Pelletier, who in 2013 was placed into state custody after a dispute over her diagnosis and put in a psychiatric unit.

Screenings Alone Won’t Prevent ACEs—We Must Address Community Trauma

From California Health Report: Traumatized communities experience a breakdown in connection and trust, which gives rise to hopelessness and makes ACEs more likely to occur.

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