Saturday, January 18, 2020

Much Madness: A Survivor’s Guide to Extreme States for Young Adults

From Hive Mutual Support Network: A new collection of personal stories shares what eight people who experienced psychosis or extreme states in their youth found helpful in their journies.

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

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.

Why Parents Should Be Concerned With ‘EQ,’ Not Just IQ

From The Washington Post: We’ve long underestimated and ignored emotional intelligence, especially in kids, instead focusing on academic success and testing them to measure it.

After Fatal School Shootings, Antidepressant Use Surges Among Survivors

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."

A Strange New Culprit Behind Eating Disorders

From The Atlantic: Recent evidence suggests a relationship between upper-respiratory-tract infections and the development of eating disorders in some children.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.
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Study: Antidepressants Linked to Higher Gestational Diabetes Risk

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...

Jury Says J&J Must Pay $8B in Risperdal Male Breast Growth Case

From ABC News: "Johnson & Johnson and Janssen chose billions over children... [This] is a company which has lost its way," attorneys for the plaintiff said.

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

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.

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

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.

More States Requiring Mental Health Education by Law

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."

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

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.

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

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."

U of Buffalo Studies Show Protective Effects of Maternal Love

From The Buffalow News: Even for children born to parents who used alcohol, cocaine or other drugs, a supportive, respectful primary caregiver lowered their future health and relationship risks.

Overdose Epidemic Sending More and More Children to Foster Care

From Mother Jones: The total number of foster care entries has slowly dwindled, but entries due to parental drug use jumped from roughly 40,000 in 2000 to nearly 100,000 in 2017.

Young People Are Using Musical Theater to Heal Their Trauma

From NationSwell: Chicago's Storycatchers Theatre helps justice-involved youth find their voices and resolve old traumas by making them the stars of the show.

Infancy and Early Childhood Matter So Much Because of Attachment

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.

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

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.

Researchers Challenge Evidence for Antidepressants in Youth

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.

CDC: More American Young People Dying by Suicide, Homicide

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.

We Have Ruined Childhood

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.

Seclusion and Isolation Rooms Misused in Illinois Schools

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

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