Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The Shadow Penal System for Struggling Kids

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From The New Yorker: The Christian organization Teen Challenge, made up of more than a thousand centers, claims to reform troubled teens. But is its discipline more like abuse?

Limbic Revision – Love Heals Your Traumatized Brain

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From MindKind Mom: We have to undo the encoding of abusive or poor-quality relationships we suffered as kids in order to heal our mental - and often physical - illnesses.

The Cost of Forced ‘Psychiatric Care’ Like Britney Spears Got Can Be Ruinous

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From NPR: While hospitals sometimes absorb the cost, patients can be left with ruined credit, endless collection calls and additional mistrust of the mental health care system.

A Young Black Mother Died During Treatment for Postpartum Depression. Her Family Demands Answers

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From The City: Denise Williams's family still doesn't know why the 29-year-old mother of two died after going to New York's Queens Hospital Center last month.

Facebook Documents Show How Toxic Instagram Is for Teens, WSJ Reports

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From CNBC: Facebook has repeatedly found that its Instagram app is harmful to a number of young people - the demographic that makes up over 40% of its user base. The company is also working on a version of Instagram for kids.

Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes

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From The New York Times: The government doesn’t publicly divulge the use of antipsychotics given to residents with a schizophrenia diagnosis, so this label is falsely used as a way to give residents more drugs.

Generation Sedated: Why Record Numbers of Our Children Are on Antidepressants

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From The Telegraph: "Looking back now, I wanted someone to listen to me," said Sam Taylor, 19. "It was guidance I needed, not a prescription."

The Benefits and Harms of Antidepressants for Youth Depression and Anxiety

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From The Mental Elf: Given their demonstrated harms and the fact there exist a number of alternatives, we should be asking whether antidepressants should be used at all in young people.

Singer Camila Cabello & CA Surgeon General Discuss ‘Public Health Crisis’ of Childhood Trauma

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From Billboard: Cabello's conversation with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the negative effects of traumatic childhood experiences.

JRC Wins Court Battle to Use Electric Shock on Disabled Students

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From NBC News: Disability rights activists, former residents and the state of Massachusetts have for decades pushed to stop the use of the shock device or shut down the school altogether.

In Memory of Sandra Escher, Pioneer on Voice-Hearing

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Sandra Escher, who helped create a foundation for the Hearing Voices movement, recently passed away. She was the first researcher in the field of children who hear voices.

Foster Kids Sent Out of State to Mental Health Facilities Faced Abuse, Neglect

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From ProPublica: An investigation found repeated breakdowns in oversight as states failed to protect young people in need of specialized care.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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From USA TODAY: To expect a child to be able to overcome a biological stress response for the sake of compliance demonstrates a lack of understanding, said child advocate Deb Rosen.

Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen

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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

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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’

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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...

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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

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