Charles Spencer (left); cover of "A Very Private School" (right)

Charles Spencer’s Story of Boarding School Abuse Is Haunting

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But parents are still sending children away to board, and it’s still dangerous.

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...

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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New Year’s Resolution: Address Grief and Trauma in Healthy Ways

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From Darcia Narvaez, PhD: Everyone needs to learn to grieve losses and deal with shock. Here are practices that build resilience in children (and everyone).

The FDA Warned an Asthma Drug Could Induce Despair. Many Were Never Told.

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From The New York Times: Singulair, now a generic, is still used by millions of Americans even after thousands of patients and dozens of studies have described harm. Children face the greatest risks of the drug's ill effects.

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.

Civil Rights Advocates Call U.S. Child Welfare System a ‘National Problem’

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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.

Dr. Gabor Maté on the Truth About ADHD and Anxiety

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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."

Three Ways Mental Illness Is Misdiagnosed in Children (humor)

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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.'

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."

The Wisdom of the Symptom Bearer: It’s Always the ‘Crazy’ One Who Knows the...

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From Medium/Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW: The 'symptom bearer' or 'identified patient' is the scapegoat who carries the evidence of the familial dysfunction.

Creating a Guide for Parents During Lock Down – by Children

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From Dulwich Centre: A number of narrative practitioners have consulted children in their lives to create a guide for parents during lockdown.

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.

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."

The Kids Aren’t All Right

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

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.

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.

The Pandemic Will Haunt Today’s Children Forever

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From The Washington Post: Stress during this vulnerable period can be especially damaging to children who already have accumulated trauma in their lives.
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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...

Helping Teens Make Room for Uncomfortable Emotions

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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

After Fatal School Shootings, Antidepressant Use Surges Among Survivors

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From the Los Angeles Times: "School shootings represent a tiny fraction of gun deaths in America, but they are uniquely potentially traumatizing, and may have much larger indirect costs."

How to Deal With Your Teenager’s Depression

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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.

Dog Assisted Psychotherapy Most Effective With Children

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Dog assisted psychotherapy is mostly used within the psychodynamic theory. It's especially useful in treatment with children and adolescents, where dogs seems to pass "under the radar" of children's logical defense.

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.

Seclusion and Isolation Rooms Misused in Illinois Schools

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From the Chicago Tribune: Children are being locked away, alone and terrified, in schools across Illinois. Often, it's against the law.