Friday, August 12, 2022

Toxic Schools Worsening Toxic Stress: The Destructive Reign of Standardized Education, Pathology, Medication and...

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From HERE This NOW: Advances in science in the last thirty years help us realize the fallacy of "mind over matter," yet we still hold an entrenched belief that children and adults possess 100% conscious control over their behavior.

Infancy and Early Childhood Matter So Much Because of Attachment

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From The Conversation: What we learn throughout infancy and childhood are a set of behaviours and ways of thinking and feeling about ourselves and others, or what psychologists call a working model of the world.

ADHD Drugs Are Convenient to Get Online. Maybe Too Convenient

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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.

CDC: Childhood Trauma Is a Public Health Issue and We Can Do More to...

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From NPR: A new report published Tuesday presents the CDC's first estimate of how many Americans are affected by adverse childhood experiences and the benefits of preventing these kinds of traumas.

Adverse Childhood Relationship Experiences: The Most Underestimated Risk Factor for Chronic Illness

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From Chronic Illness Trauma Studies: The impact of one of the ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) in particular - emotional neglect - is huge and underrecognized.

How a Parent’s Affection Shapes a Child’s Happiness for Life

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From Motherly: A number of recent studies highlight the relationship between parental affection and children’s happiness and success.

Flint’s Children Suffer in Class After Years of Lead-Poisoned Water

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From The New York Times: The city’s lead crisis has migrated from its homes to its schools, where neurological and behavioral problems — real or feared — among students are threatening to overwhelm the education system.

Researchers Challenge Evidence for Antidepressants in Youth

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Researchers shed light on the precarious nature of evidence from efficacy trials of antidepressant medication to treat symptoms of major depressive disorder in children and adolescents.

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

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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.

We Have Ruined Childhood

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From The New York Times: Children today are more depressed than they were during the Great Depression and more anxious than they were at the height of the Cold War.

More States Requiring Mental Health Education by Law

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From TODAY: "Often, it's like the elephant in a room. It's something that they feel like, 'Oh, it's only me,'" said one teacher. "Letting them know that they're not alone...is so important."

A Dreaded Part of Teachers’ Jobs: Restraining and Secluding Students

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From NPR: "There's a tension within me of knowing that if I am to restrain a student, then I'm essentially putting forth a situation that's going to create trauma for that student."

What Is ‘Schizophrenia’? Common Myths and Misconceptions

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From The Mirror: Even though one in 100 adults in England lives with a 'schizophrenia diagnosis,' the condition continues to be surrounded by myths and misconceptions.

The Biology of Loss: Recognizing Impaired Attachments & Fostering Resilience | Gabor Maté, MD

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From BC Provincial Health Services Authority: Dr. Gabor Maté illuminates the sources of developmental challenges, childhood and adult mental disorders, and physical health issues as originating in the prenatal, perinatal, and early childhood periods.

Years After My Son Died in NHS Care, State-Sanctioned Torture Continues

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From The Guardian: I’m still puzzling over the peculiar inability of the government to even discuss whether the CQC report (and others like it) documents torture.

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."

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Lawsuit Over Teen’s Diagnosis, Treatment Heads to Trial

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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.

Their Kids Died on the Psych Ward. They Were Far From Alone

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From the Los Angeles Times: Following almost every death at a psychiatric facility in California, the facility continues operating and does not face a financial penalty. Meanwhile, families remain unaware of the hospitals’ track records.
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Study: Antidepressants Linked to Higher Gestational Diabetes Risk

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From CNN: “Taking antidepressants while pregnant may be associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes, a new study suggests. It turned out that the...

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.

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.

6-Year-Old Girl Baker Acted Without Parent Consent

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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.

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