Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Tag: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Bearing False Witness: Childhood Psychiatry, Trauma, and Memory

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Through journaling, I realized that my lifelong confusion surrounding my memories of traumatic events was the direct result of the psychiatric labels and drugs I swallowed alongside years of parental abuse.

Childhood Trauma Is Not a Mental Illness

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My childhood was stolen by systems focused on labeling and medicating me instead of healing the effects of abuse and neglect.

The Invisibles: Children in Foster Care

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Millions of current and former foster children experience multiple kinds of trauma, as documented in a six-part investigative series published in the Kansas City Star this month. Too often invisible, these young people deserve our attention and our care.

Congress Holds Historic Hearing on Childhood Trauma

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On July 11, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held its first-ever hearing on childhood trauma, featuring emotional testimony from survivor witnesses, as well as a number of prominent public health experts and government officials.

Beating the Odds of Early Death Due to Childhood Trauma

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From KQED News: "Emotional neglect, physical abuse, divorce, a household riven by addiction — science shows that traumas like these in childhood cause poorer...

Disrupting Toxic Stress in Children to Prevent Health Impacts

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From Medical Xpress: "In an effort to address ACEs in young patients in Oakland, Long in 2012 created the hospital's Family Information and Navigation...

Immigrant Shelters Drug Traumatized Teens Without Consent

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From ProPublica: "Emotional distress and mental health issues are prevalent among these children, sometimes a result of traumatic experiences in their home countries, at other...

Early Life Exposure to Famine Can Lead to Depression

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From Medical Xpress: "New research from the University of Georgia reveals that exposure to famine during specific moments in early life is associated with depression...

The Lasting Impact of Detention on Children

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From The Guardian: "Last month, amid international outcry over his administration’s 'zero-tolerance' policy, which led to the separation of 2,300 children from their parents, Donald...

Sounding an Alarm Over Children’s Mental Health

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Guardian readers respond to news about soaring Ritalin use, the underfunding of child mental health services and the toll GCSEs are taking. "As a group of...

Research Finds Parents’ Trauma May Impact Children’s Health

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Study uncovers some of the intergenerational consequences of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

The Neural Signature of Community Violence

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From UNDARK: "In our data, we found that witnessing violence in early adolescence predicted smaller volumes of both the hippocampus and amygdala in this...

What Trump Could Learn From Anna Freud About Parentless Kids

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From Daily Beast: "Seventy-five years ago in the midst of World War II, Anna Freud, the daughter of Sigmund Freud, and her close friend,...

The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma

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In this piece for The New Yorker, Junot Diaz reflects on the impact of his experience of childhood sexual abuse and the ways that therapy...

How Compassion Can Triumph Over Toxic Childhood Trauma

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From Medical Xpress: New research findings suggest that when pregnant women who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) feel supported by those around them, their...

How War Gets “Under the Skin”

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In this piece, Patrick Larkin explores the impact of war on growth and human development. A study he conducted on Hmong refugees in French Guiana...

The Concerned Parents’ Project: 31 Questions

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The Concerned Parents’ Project grew out of the idea that there may be parents out there who are confused and bewildered by the mixed messages on what it is to have normal and healthy childhood experiences. We posted a new question and answer for parents each day in March.

Treating the Lifelong Harm of Childhood Trauma

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From The New York Times: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, who has emerged as one of the country's strongest voices calling for a national public health...

The Demographics of Childhood Trauma

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From Pacific Standard: A new study records the prevalence of several different Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as well as the demographic groups who are most likely to experience childhood trauma. "The most prevalent...

Should We Screen for Adverse Childhood Experiences?

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One author outlines the foundations of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research, addressing its dimensions, limitations, and potential future directions.

All in the Family: 4 Steps Toward Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences

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It turns out that our stress response and inflammatory modeling are set early in our childhood. While our infant microbiome certainly lays a foundation, our beliefs and the thoughts that run like a ticker tape under our life experience cannot be underemphasized. How can we heal our pasts?

Bringing Trauma-Informed Care to Children in Need

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From STAT: Numerous studies have confirmed that adverse childhood experiences are common and can lead to negative long-term health outcomes. Many pediatricians and hospitals are working...

Childhood Maltreatment Drives Self-Injury

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From Medscape: New research shows that individuals who were physically, sexually, or emotionally abused as children are more likely to engage in non-suicidal self-injury. Article →­

Child Abuse, Mental Health and Mental Illness

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Psychiatrists and medical doctors don’t ask who was hitting who and how often in your family. These questions would largely put them out of business and invalidate their industries. These questions would make a mockery of their many years of schooling and many prescription pad options. But these questions would also heal.

What If We Are All Wrong About Mental Illness?

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From Thoughtful Living: The biomedical model of psychiatry, along with the DSM, is deeply flawed and can often be misleading. To improve, mental health services...