More: Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (trauma in childhood associated with many later problems, including that which gets labeled mental illness)

The CDC’s ACE Study summarized in 14-minute video from Academy on Violence & Abuse The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) is the product of collaboration between Vincent J. Felitti, MD, who founded and directed the Preventive Medicine Department at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA, and Robert F. Anda, MD, MS of the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who designed, analyzed the data and prepared numerous scientific publications from the ACE Study. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Learned behavior, not genetics is the root of much so called mental-illness: yes!

A year later, the kids who had been identified with “emotional dysregulation” — and whose parents had changed their own behaviors as a result of participating in the Incredible Years program – had fewer angry outbursts and irascible behavior problems. The researchers wrote: “Parent interviews revealed that compared with controls, intervention parents were warmer, less critical, used more play, praise, and less harsh discipline (spanking and prolonged exclusion) at follow up.” Note that there’s no labeling of “good” parents and “bad” parents here. More often than not, parents with children who are angry, depressed, anxious or moody aren’t “bad” parents. They’re modeling behavior that they learned from their own parents, and if they don’t make a conscious effort to change or aren’t taught skills that help them alter their interactions with their children, they pass on their own childhood adversities, especially if they’re under stress. … [click on title to read the rest]

To This Day: the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have, shared with BEAUTY

To This Day Project is a project based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan ( called “To This Day”, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual. Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point... A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying. … [click on title to read the rest]

Newborn infants experience psychiatric drug withdrawal

This is something I posted before and I'm posting it again because it's really a deeply atrocious thing to consider. Imagine entering the world for the first time and being welcomed by agonizing drug withdrawal symptoms. An infant would have no way to intellectually interpret such hell. Believe me when adults have severe withdrawal issues, we don't have any way of intellectually interpreting such hell either. It's a nightmare. People like to dismiss infant experience as though it doesn't matter, but the more we learn about trauma and those who suffer from PTSD it becomes more and more clear that infant and childhood traumas do indeed effect the entire life of many individuals.

A response, with YoungMinds, to ‘My daughter the schizophrenic’ (reblog of the reblog with additional info)

I was previously aware of this little girl as I had seen the documentary 'Born schizophrenic'. The documentary gave me sleepless nights. The article brought them back.

Educate the hearts of our children

Prepare children for the world outside. We must educate the hearts of our children. Educate the mind and the heart.

The roots of violence (and mental illness too)

In keeping with yesterday's post on spanking here is more about how what we do to our children (as well as what happened to us as children) shapes future generations in a negative fashion unless we become aware and heal and change. Alice Miller was one of the first who identified these problems. Her books on the subject are classics for good reason.

I was spanked, and I turned out OK

"I was spanked, and I turned out OK. What does that even mean?" Stop the cycles of trauma and's up to each and every one of us. We've all been raised in what amounts to an abusive culture. Much trauma is accepted as normal and okay. Awareness of this can help us change and stop passing it down to our children.

Six Problems with Psychiatric Diagnosis for Children

Diagnosing children with psychiatric disorders is even more problematic and potentially harmful than diagnosing adults. Here are some of the reasons why. … [click on the title to read and view more]

Shaming children is emotional abuse

Shaming children is abusive and it's one of the many hidden sources of trauma since people sometimes need to learn what shaming behavior is. This is especially true if parents were subjected to shaming themselves by their own parents and have never recognized it as abuse.

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