Sunday, December 4, 2022

More Play and Less Therapy for Students | Peter Gray, PhD

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From Psychology Today: Mother nature designed kids to play, explore, and daydream without adult intervention because that is how kids develop the skills, confidence, and attitudes necessary for mental health and overall wellbeing.

‘What If Yale Finds Out?’

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From The Washington Post: Suicidal students are pressured to withdraw from Yale, then have to apply to get back into the university.

Arizona Farm Gives Refuge From Pain, for Man and Beast Alike

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From AP News: There is no talk at Selah Carefarm of ending the pain of loss, just of building the emotional muscle to handle it.

A Review of Alice Miller’s ‘The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Cruel...

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From alice-miller.com/Stephen Khamsi, PhD: For thousands of years, the Fourth Commandment - along with our personal denial of early maltreatment - has led us toward repression, emotional detachment, illness and suicide.

Failing to Report Child Sex Abuse Should Be Made Illegal: Major British Inquiry

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From the BBC: "We heard time and time again how allegations of abuse were ignored, victims were blamed and institutions prioritised their reputations over the protection of children," said inquiry chairwoman Prof. Alexis Jay.

Even With Troubled Histories, Psych Hospitals Face Few Sanctions

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From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Parents may never know that the facility treating their child has had serious patient care issues.

Now Doctors Want to Screen EVERY American Child Over Age of Eight for Anxiety

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From the Daily Mail: Experts said the new recommendations could spur a surge in the use of anti-anxiety medications, which, some fear, are already at the center of a budding addiction crisis in the US.

Can You Punish a Child’s Mental Health Problems Away?

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From The New York Times: Future generations will look back on the tactics used in the troubled teen industry and ask: How did we allow these practices to pass off as mental health treatment for so long?

What I Wish I Had Known Before I Stopped Taking Antidepressants, and Before I...

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From the Washington Examiner: I learned the hard way that doctors can be remarkably casual about things patients can’t afford to be when it comes to putting people on, and taking them off, antidepressants.

The Hidden Epidemic of Sexual Dysfunction Experts Are Blaming on SSRI Antidepressants

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From The Daily Mail: Patients on antidepressants are not being warned of the risk that the pills could permanently ruin their sex lives, experts say.

Dr. Gabor Maté on the Truth About ADHD and Anxiety | The Joe Rogan...

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From The Joe Rogan Experience: "The so-called experts say that ADHD is 'the most heritable mental illness there is,'" says renowned physician Gabor Maté. "But I say, it's neither an illness, nor is it heritable."

I Went Undercover to Expose Abuse at a Mental Health ‘Hospital’

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From the BBC: 'Patients' are being locked away, abused, and neglected in the formative years of their lives, as one of the UK's biggest mental health 'hospitals' actually makes them worse.

‘Toxic Culture’ of Abuse at Mental Health ‘Hospital’ Revealed by BBC Secret Filming

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From the BBC: Humiliated, abused and isolated for weeks - patients are being harmed due to a 'toxic culture' at one of the UK's biggest mental health 'hospitals.'

Defund Social Workers: Cops by Another Name

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From The New Republic: If you measure in terms of the power to coerce, surveil, and inflict lasting harm, social workers are, thanks to the nature of the job, cops by another name.

‘Speaking Grief’ Documentary Asks, ‘What if We Got Better at Grief?’

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From WPSU Creative Services: What would happen if we could speak the truth about our pain, and hear the truth about other people's pain? What if we got better at grief?

Dramatic Decline in California’s Use of Antipsychotic Drugs on Its Foster Children

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From The Imprint: Youth and Family News: A new study indicates statewide reforms have freed thousands of abused and neglected children from the lasting effects of the most powerful psychiatric drugs, but concerns about other medications persist.

Some Schools Bringing Back Corporal Punishment; Parents Opt In as Students Protest

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From TODAY: "Corporal punishment signals to the child that a way to settle interpersonal conflicts is to use physical force and inflict pain," said the American Academy of Pediatrics in a 2014 statement.

Child Frustration Breeds Race Hatred; Columbia Scientist Finds Punishment of Baby Is Seed of...

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From Project NoSpank/The New York Times, December 22, 1940: The aggressiveness which adults exhibit, said Dr. Ashley Montagu, is originally produced during childhood by parents, teachers, nurses, or whoever else participates in the process of socializing the child.

The NY Times Suddenly Discovered We’re Giving Kids Dangerous Drugs

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From the New York Post: The New York Times' splashy story about the overmedication of children was 20 years too late. Why does obvious damage to children go ignored for so long?

This Teen Was Prescribed 10 Psychiatric Drugs. She’s Not Alone.

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From The New York Times: The problem of multiple medication use, or polypharmacy, that first emerged a decade ago among young people in foster care and low-income settings, has now gone mainstream.

Beyond Drugs: The Universal Experience of Addiction | Gabor Maté, MD

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From drgabormate.com: Most addicted people use no drugs at all, and addiction cannot be understood if we restrict our vision of it to substances, legal or illicit.

Some Antidepressants, Antipsychotics May Make Heatwaves Challenging

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From the BBC: Evidence suggests these medications can hinder the body from regulating temperature properly, cause people to sweat excessively, not register thirst or make skin more sensitive to sun.

New Narrative Game Raises Awareness of ACEs & Their Impact on Youth Mental Health

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From iThrive Games: Children of the Flame was created by youth designers at the SEED (System-Educated Expert Disrupters) Institute to raise awareness of trauma and trauma-informed practices.

Ending Child Abuse: The Next Spiritual Revolution

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From Bryan Eden/alice-miller.com: Humanity’s progress toward peace, love, prosperity and happiness is being held captive by an invisible plague of cruelty and violence.

1 in 3 UK Teens Given Antidepressants, Despite Official Guidelines

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From inews.co.uk: Family doctors say a lack of access to effective psychological therapies on the NHS is leading them to over-prescribe medication.

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