children and adolescents

The Medicalization of Childhood Behaviors Does More Harm than Good

This article by Samantha Lilly has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In a new article for a leading Brazilian sociology journal,  Fernando Freitas  and Luciana  Jaramillo Caruso de Azevedo argue that psychiatry and psychology are medicalizing the normal parts of…
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Physical Activity Interventions to Alleviate Depressive Symptoms in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

This research review paper has been published in JAMA Pediatrics. Key Points: Question:  Can physical activity interventions alleviate depressive symptoms in children and adolescents? Findings:  This systematic review and meta-analysis included 21 studies involving 2441 participants. The results indicate that physical activity interventions were associated…
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ADHD Diagnosis Leads to Worse Quality of Life, Increased Self-Harm in Kids

“When comparing kids with the same symptoms who were either diagnosed with ADHD or not, those who received the diagnosis had worse outcomes.” This report by Peter Simmons has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In a new study,…
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Do adult mental health services identify child abuse and neglect? A systematic review

This review – by John Read, David Harper, Ian Tucker, and Angela Kennedy – has been published on the PubMed website. The abstract says: “Child abuse and neglect play a causal role in many mental health problems. Knowing whether users of…
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This Teen Was Prescribed 10 Psychiatric Drugs. She’s Not Alone

“Increasingly, anxious and depressed teens are using multiple, powerful psychiatric drugs, many of them untested in adolescents or for use in tandem.” This article by Matt Richtel has been published in the New York Times. It begins: “One morning in the…
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NHS Data: 41% Rise in Antidepressant Prescribing to Children Aged 5-12 Since 2015

This report comes from Mad in America. It begins: “From The Pharmaceutical Journal: ‘NHS data obtained via a freedom of information request, provided on 10 August 2021, show a steady increase over the past six years in the number of unique…
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Medicating Preschoolers for ADHD: How “Evidence-Based” Psychiatry Has Led to a Tragic End

This article by Robert Whitaker has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In its May 25, 2021 issue, JAMA published a  report  on the comparative efficacy of two medications for treating preschoolers diagnosed with ADHD. Both methylphenidate and guanfacine were deemed to…
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A Holistic Self‑learning Approach for Young Adult Depression and Anxiety Compared to Medication‑Based Treatment‑As‑Usual

This study – conducted by Shannon Hughes, Mary Rondeau, Scott Shannon, Julia Sharp, Grace Ivins, JeongJin Lee, Ian Taylor, and Brianna Bendixsen – has been published in the Community Mental Health Journal. The abstract says: “A package of biopsychosocial services for…
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Adverse Childhood Relationship Experiences: The Most Underestimated Risk Factor for Chronic Illness

This article by Dr. Veronique Mead comes from the Chronic Illness Trauma Studies blog. It begins: “If you’ve heard of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and have a low score (such as 1 or ‘zero ACEs’), you may still suspect that trauma has…
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