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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).

Why Are So Many Girls on SSRIs?

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From Girls/Freya India: We are kidding ourselves if we think condensing every emotion into something diagnosable and solvable with consumption isn’t doing profound psychological damage to Gen Z.

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

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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.

Wounded Children Are Running the World: Our Inner Child and Political Activism

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From Kindred Media: Psychologist Robin Grille, author of Parenting for a Peaceful World and Inner Child Journeys, explains how our inner children run the show when we as adults don't pay attention to them.

Federal Judge Finds Texas Use of Psychotropic Drugs on Foster Children ‘Appalling’

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From KERA News: "These children are being repeatedly raped in [DFPS's] care," said Judge Janis Jack. "They’re being drugged in your care if they complain. If their behavior is not up to snuff, they’re getting psychotropic drugs. And that is not safe."

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.

The Hidden Epidemic of Sexual Dysfunction Experts Are Blaming on SSRI Antidepressants

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From The Daily Mail: Patients on antidepressants are not being warned of the risk that the pills could permanently ruin their sex lives, experts say.

The Biases of Western Medicine | Gabor Maté, MD

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From Sustainable Human: Western medicine has a number of hidden ideological beliefs that hinder our understanding and resolution of illnesses, whether physical or mental.

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.

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?

Most States Received a D or F Grade on Maternal Mental Health. It Could...

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From CNN: Nearly every U.S. state is neglecting access to maternal mental health care, and experts fear the situation could get worse as more states severely restrict or ban abortion.

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.

NC Pays Psychiatric Units That Break Rules Millions to ‘Care’ for Youth

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Around the Web: A newspaper investigation discovered that the state continued to pay psychiatric residential treatment facilities millions when they repeatedly broke rules meant to ensure children's safety and well-being.

A Young Black Mother Died During Treatment for Postpartum Depression. Her Family Demands Answers

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From The City: Denise Williams's family still doesn't know why the 29-year-old mother of two died after going to New York's Queens Hospital Center last month.

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.

Beyond Drugs: The Universal Experience of Addiction | Gabor Maté, MD

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From drgabormate.com: Most addicted people use no drugs at all, and addiction cannot be understood if we restrict our vision of it to substances, legal or illicit.

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.

Some Schools Bringing Back Corporal Punishment; Parents Opt In as Students Protest

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From TODAY: "Corporal punishment signals to the child that a way to settle interpersonal conflicts is to use physical force and inflict pain," said the American Academy of Pediatrics in a 2014 statement.

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

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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.

Concern as Proportion of Children in England on Antipsychotics Doubles

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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.

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.

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."

Be Worried About Boys, Especially Baby Boys | Darcia Narvaez, PhD

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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.

Diode | A Narrative About a Mental Journey by Karen Hudes

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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.

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.