Wednesday, August 17, 2022

What Separation From Parents Does to Children: ‘The Effect Is Catastrophic’

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From The Washington Post: The reason child-parent separation has such devastating effects is because it attacks one of the most fundamental and critical bonds in human biology.

5 Things to Know as Calif. Starts Screening Children for Toxic Stress

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From California Healthline: Starting this year, routine pediatric visits for millions of California children could involve questions about touchy family topics, such as divorce, unstable housing or a parent who struggles with alcoholism.

By Tracing Addiction (and More) to Childhood Trauma, Can We Find Compassion?

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From YES! Magazine: "Trauma is an overwhelming threat that you don’t know how to deal with," says Dr. Gabor Maté. "Our job, as human beings, is to learn from our suffering."

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.

Mindfulness in Schools Does Not Improve Mental Health, Study Finds

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From The Guardian: Students who engaged with the meditation practice benefitted but many were bored by it, say researchers in the UK.

Drugs as the New Parents

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From Mark Goulston MD/Psychology Today: Do emotionally orphan children turn to drugs to fill the void?

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.

CDC: More American Young People Dying by Suicide, Homicide

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From CBS News: Suicide deaths among 10- to 24-year-olds increased 7% annually from 2013 to 2017, while homicide deaths in this age group rose 18% from 2014 to 2017.

To Prevent Mass Shootings, Stop Relying on the Myth of Motive; Start Doing Forensic...

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From PACEs Connection: The right question is: What happened to this person? What happened to a beautiful baby boy to turn him into an 18-year-old killer spouting racist screed?

Reducing Mental Health Detention of People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities

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From Doughty Street Chambers: People with learning disabilities and/or autism who have experienced and survived institutionalisation often carry the psychological scars for many years.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Man Who Killed Son Tours Canada With “Know Your Drugs” Campaign

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From the Windsor Star: “You’ve got to question your doctor,” said David Carmichael, of Toronto. “You’ve got to question, research, and report suspected adverse drug reactions.”

Suicide Attempts Among Black Youth Rising at Alarming Rates, Study Finds

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From CBS News: Self-reported suicide attempts for black adolescents rose by 73% between 1991 to 2017, while falling by 7.5% for white adolescents over the same period.

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.

The Bear in the Classroom – Trauma-Informed Teacher

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From Ransom for Israel: Here’s the reality; if you are a teacher or you work in any capacity with children, then you are working with children with Complex Trauma.

Punching, Predators, Neglect: Traumatized NC Children Suffer Inside Dismal Psychiatric Centers

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From The Fayetteville Observer: "We are ruining people’s lives, and we’re doing it in the most expensive way possible," said State Rep. Verla Insko. "It’s inhumane and irresponsible. It is a government failure."

Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues

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From Raised Good: Suffering with a "cumulative stress reaction" as a result of the snowballing effect of "too much," children develop their own coping strategies to feel safe.

Screenings Alone Won’t Prevent ACEs—We Must Address Community Trauma

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From California Health Report: Traumatized communities experience a breakdown in connection and trust, which gives rise to hopelessness and makes ACEs more likely to occur.

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