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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Is Linked to Delayed Brain Development
The Washington Post – 2.15.17
For the first time, scientists can point to empirical evidence that proves “that people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have brain structures that differ from those of people without ADHD.” A study published Wednesday in the Lancet Psychiatry found that ADHD involves decreased volume in key brain regions, particularly the amygdala — a part of the brain that regulates emotions — in children, adolescents, and adults. Researchers found that the greatest differences in brain volume appeared in children. The study suggests that ADHD should be regarded as a problem of delayed brain maturation and not as a problem of motivation or parenting, as it is often considered. First author and geneticist, Martine Hoogman of Radboud University, hopes the research will show the general public that ADHD “has [a basis in the brain] just like other psychiatric disorders” and that “increasing knowledge will reduce stigma.”
Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard
NPR – 2.13.17
A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that the number of teenage girls in the U.S. experiencing major depressive episodes is higher than that of boys. The numbers of teens affected saw a large increase after 2011, suggesting that increases could be linked to and exacerbated by a dependence on social media. Author and psychologist, Catherine Steiner-Adair, suggests that these findings are the latest in a stream of research that shows women experience increased rates of depression compared to their male counterparts. She believes that this could be because girls and women are “continually bombarded by media messages, dominant culture, humor and event political figures about how they look — no matter how smart, gifted, or passionate they are.” Psychiatrist Ramin Mojtabai of Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that since girls are more likely to use texting and various social media platforms, they “may be exposed to more cyberbullying or negative effects of this latest social media.”
School District Chiefs: Proposed Medicaid Changes Would Hurt Poor Children And Students With Disabilities
The Washington Post – 2.9.17
Results of a survey administered by the School Superintendents Association (AASA) titled “In Cutting Medicaid: A Prescription to Hurt the Neediest Kids,” suggest that cutting Medicaid spending would have negative impacts, especially on the neediest kids. According to AASA, almost 40% of kids in the U.S. receive their healthcare through Medicaid. Districts reported that if serious cuts are made, it will result in furloughs of school personnel, increases in the percentage of uninsured children from 12% to 21% or higher, and the elimination of critical benefits. Respondents of the survey overwhelmingly expressed concern for students in special education programs. They also expressed concern regarding how students in poverty could be impacted if Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) services are no longer reimbursable.
Teen Intensive Outpatient Program To Open
Palo Alto Online – 2.15.17
Orange County To Get First Emergency Psychiatric Beds For Children
The Orange County Register – 2.14.17
Want To Raise Empowered Women? Start in Middle School.
The Washington Post – 2.14.17
Using Improv to Help Kids With Autism Show And Read Emotion
MPR News – 2.13.17
Karen Pence Picks a Cause, and Art Therapists Feel Angst
The New York Times – 2.10.17
Student Fights Overmedicating of Foster Youth
East Bay Today – 2.7.17
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