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.

As Conservatorship Abuse Gains More Attention, More Activists Speak Out Against It

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From The Daily Kos: "Saying that you’re going to remove someone’s rights in order to protect them doesn’t make any sense," said activist Marian Kornicki. "People need support, but you don’t remove their rights to do that."

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.

NHS Data: 41% Rise in Antidepressant Prescribing to Children Aged 5-12 Since 2015

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From The Pharmaceutical Journal: The majority were males, and peaks in antidepressant prescribing to young people in England coincided with periods of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Early Relationships Can Define Reality – For Better or Worse

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From Jay Reid Psychotherapy: Kids will do an amazing amount of shape-shifting to get their parents to be willing to care for them.

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."

Some Antidepressants, Antipsychotics May Make Heatwaves Challenging

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From the BBC: Evidence suggests these medications can hinder the body from regulating temperature properly, cause people to sweat excessively, not register thirst or make skin more sensitive to sun.

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.

Child Frustration Breeds Race Hatred; Columbia Scientist Finds Punishment of Baby Is Seed of...

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From Project NoSpank/The New York Times, December 22, 1940: The aggressiveness which adults exhibit, said Dr. Ashley Montagu, is originally produced during childhood by parents, teachers, nurses, or whoever else participates in the process of socializing the child.

The Infant as Reflection of Soul: The Time Before There Was Self

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From World Association for Infant Mental Health: By the time most of us reach adulthood, we have not only lost the capacity to regularly access states that we achieved routinely as infants, but we have also lost awareness of that loss.

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.

Hundreds of Children Stuck in IL Psych Hospitals Despite State’s Promises to Find Them...

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From ProPublica Illinois: “There’s not a whole lot that tells a kid you don’t matter [more] than keeping them locked up in a psych ward for no reason other than there’s nowhere to place them for months on end."

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.

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.'

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.

All the Lonely People: The Atomized Generation

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From Erraticus: We must live each day in radical opposition to the world, keeping in mind that the economics of modern life are designed to atomize us.

The Nervous System in the Classroom | Gary Sharpe

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From Gary Sharpe: Many of our institutions, from schools to hospitals, seem almost designed to constantly trigger our sense of threat.

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.

Patients at Greatest Risk of Self-Harm Right After Starting Antidepressants: Study

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From Axios: It has been known since 2004 that antidepressants can increase suicidal behavior, but new research is clarifying when the threat is greatest.

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.

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.

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.

Emotions Are Not Bad Behavior

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From The Natural Child Project/Robin Grille: Time and time again, children are heavily reprimanded for committing the offence of crying or being angry.

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.