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Experts Alarmed Over Use of Antipsychotic Drugs on Children
Healthline News – 7.1.15
A new study by Columbia, Yale, and the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) found that antipsychotic medications, associated with a host of serious side effects, “are often given to children who simply have behavioral problems associated with their age.” The study, which examined 2.5 million antipsychotic drug prescriptions for children from 2006 to 2010, found the use of antipsychotics, “especially among boys, was consistent with impulsive and aggressive behaviors, not psychotic symptoms.”
Care for Depression, Anxiety Helps War-Exposed Children Long-Term
Reuters – 7.6.15
A study of former child soldiers and other young people affected by Sierra Leone’s civil war found that “those with higher levels of anxiety and depression two years after the end of the conflict had the highest levels of these ‘internalizing symptoms’ four years later.” Researchers say the findings suggest that “treating anxiety and depression in war-affected youth could have multi-faceted effects on their future mental health, attitudes, and behavior.”
New Report: The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline
Rights4Girls – 7.9.15
A new study found that one in four American girls will experience some form of sexual violence by the age of eighteen. Tragically, rather than receiving support or treatment, many victims of sexual abuse end up in jail. In fact, the study, a joint project of Human Rights Project for Girls, the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty & Inequality, found that sexual abuse is “one of the primary predictors of girls’ entry into the juvenile justice system.”
News From Last Week:
How Colleges Stop Depressed Students from Returning to Campus
BuzzFeed – 6.22.15
Can Social Media Play a Role in Youth Suicide Prevention
Palo Alto Online – 6.29.15
African-American, Latino Citizens at Increased Risk of Mental Health Issues
Medical News Today – 6.29.15
Stanford Researchers Find Mental Health Prescription: Nature
Stanford News – 6.30.15
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