Diode | A Narrative About a Mental Journey by Karen Hudes
From Thomas Pynchon: Atmospheric forces channel suddenly through the individual, the release point of a larger, pressured system. At the moment of crisis, all attention goes to the diode.
‘More Like Spin-the-Bottle Than Science’: My Mission to Find Proper Treatment for My Son’s...
From The Guardian: After years journeying through the traditional healthcare system, could radical alternatives save my son from an endless cycle of hospital stays and drugs?
Some Moms Are Microdosing Mushrooms for Anxiety and Depression
From The Washington Post: “There is no magic pill or plant that allows you to bypass the healing of childhood trauma," says therapist Brooke Novick. But "this sacred medicine, when used with intention, respect and care, can powerfully support us on our paths of healing and evolution.”
Obituary of Fred Baughman, Pediatric Neurologist and Prominent Critic of ADHD
Dr. Baughman was the author of the 2006 book The ADHD Fraud: How Psychiatry Makes Patients Out of Normal Children.
The Childhood Origins of Narcissism
From Vital Mind Coaching: The core childhood origin/genesis of the ‘narcissistic personality' occurs when a child is used by the parent(s) to meet the parent(s)' own needs.
Childhood: The Unexplored Source of Knowledge | Alice Miller, PhD
From The Natural Child Project: There are many areas where concern with early childhood can represent a liberation from age-old blind alleys.
When I Was 15, a Psychiatric Hospital Nearly Ruined My Life. This Advice Saved...
From The Washington Post: By the time I left the hospital, I was the scattered wreckage of a teenager, and would spend much of my subsequent adult life avoiding people.
Yale Changes Mental Health Policies for Students in Crisis
From The Washington Post: The changes, which come after former and current students sued the university, will allow students to keep their health insurance and take leaves of absence instead of being pushed to withdraw.
Broken Kids, Not Guns | Michael Mendizza
From Touch the Future: To blame guns, TV, video games, Twinkies, the bully next door, bad genes, and all the rest for the pervasive violence, self-mutilation, self-medication, and suicide is a misguided defense.
Be Worried About Boys, Especially Baby Boys | Darcia Narvaez, PhD
From ACES Too High/Kindred Media: A review of research by Dr. Allan Schore shows that early life experience influences boys significantly more than girls, leading them to need more care instead of less.
Concern as Proportion of Children in England on Antipsychotics Doubles
From The Guardian: Although the overall percentage who were prescribed antipsychotics was relatively small, experts consider it a worrying trend since these powerful drugs carry serious safety risks.
The Biases of Western Medicine | Gabor Maté, MD
From Sustainable Human: Western medicine has a number of hidden ideological beliefs that hinder our understanding and resolution of illnesses, whether physical or mental.
Babies Feel Pain More Intensely Than Adults, Brain Imaging Study Finds
From Return to Now: Researchers found that babies are actually four times more sensitive to pain than adults, even though painful procedures are still routinely performed on them with no pain relief.
‘Restraint and Seclusion’ Harms Kids. So Why Is It Used in Schools?
From The Washington Post: What if you went five days a week to a school that regularly locked you up or physically held you down? Most of us would walk in ready for a fight, not to learn.
The Wisdom of the Symptom Bearer: It’s Always the ‘Crazy’ One Who Knows the...
From Medium/Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW: The 'symptom bearer' or 'identified patient' is the scapegoat who carries the evidence of the familial dysfunction.
Civil Rights Advocates Call U.S. Child Welfare System a ‘National Problem’
From The Imprint: A new report says the child welfare system fails to adequately address the needs of families and often harms the very kids it's designed to protect.
More Play and Less Therapy for Students | Peter Gray, PhD
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?’
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
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...
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
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
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
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?
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...
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.