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How brain cans can tackle the stigma behind mental illness: Parents and their children are not to blame for their illness. Children with emotional and behavioral problems continue to suffer considerable stigma.


How brain cans can tackle the stigma behind mental illness
New techniques may soon be able to identify children at increased genetic risk for psychiatric illnesses.
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25 Oct 2017
David Rosenberg
Professor, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Wayne State University

As a psychiatrist, I find that one of the hardest parts of my job is telling
Parents and their children that they are not to blame for their illness.
Children with emotional and behavioral problems continue to
suffer considerable stigma.
Many in the medical community refer to them as “diagnostic and  therapeutic orphans.”
Unfortunately, for many, access to high-quality mental health care remains elusive.

An accurate diagnosis is the best way to tell whether or not someone will respond well to treatment, though that can be far more complicated than it sounds.
I have written three textbooks about using medication in children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. I know that this is never a decision to take lightly.
But there’s reason for hope. While not medically able to diagnose any psychiatric condition, dramatic advances in brain imaging, genetics and other technologies are helping us objectively identify mental illness.
Knowing the signs of sadness
All of us experience occasional sadness and anxiety, but persistent problems may be a sign of a deeper issue. Ongoing issues with sleeping, eating, weight, school and pathologic self-doubt may be signs of depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Separating out normal behavior from problematic behavior can be challenging. Emotional and behavior problems can also vary with age. For example, depression in pre-adolescent children occurs equally in boys and girls. During adolescence, however, depression rates increase much more dramatically in girls than in boys.

It can be very hard for people to accept that they – or their family member – are not to blame for their mental illness. That’s partly because there are no current objective markers of psychiatric illness, making it difficult to pin down. Imagine diagnosing and treating cancer based on history alone. Inconceivable! But that is exactly what mental health professionals do every day. This can make it harder for parents and their children to accept that they don’t have control over the situation.
Fortunately, there are now excellent online tools that can help parents and their children screen for common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder and more.
Most important of all is making sure your child is assessed by a licensed mental health professional experienced in diagnosing and treating children. This is particularly important when medications that affect the child’s brain are being considered.
Seeing the problem
Thanks to recent developments in genetics, neuroimaging and the science of mental health, it’s becoming easier to characterize patients. New technologies may also make it easier to predict who is more likely to respond to a particular treatment or experience side effects from medication.

Our laboratory has used brain MRI studies to help unlock the underlying anatomy, chemistry and physiology underlying OCD. This repetitive, ritualistic illness – while sometimes used among laypeople to describe someone who is uptight – is actually a serious and often devastating behavioral illness that can paralyze children and their families.
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Through sophisticated, high-field brain imaging techniques – such as fMRI and magnetic resonance spectroscopy – that have become available recently,
we can actually measure the child brain to see malfunctioning areas.

We have found, for example, that children 8 to 19 years old with OCD never get the “all clear signal” from a part of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex. This signal is essential to feeling safe and secure. That’s why, for example, people with OCD may continue checking that the door is locked or repeatedly wash their hands. They have striking brain abnormalities that appear to normalize with effective treatment.
We have also begun a pilot study with a pair of identical twins. One has OCD and the other does not. We found brain abnormalities in the affected twin, but not in the unaffected twin. Further study is clearly warranted, but the results fit the pattern we have found in larger studies of children with OCD before and after treatment as compared to children without OCD.
Exciting brain MRI and genetic findings are also being reported in childhood depression, non-OCD anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD and schizophrenia, among others.

Meanwhile, the field of psychiatry continues to grow. For example, new techniques may soon be able to identify children at increased genetic risk for psychiatric illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

New, more sophisticated brain imaging and genetics technology actually allows doctors and scientists to see what is going on in a child’s brain and genes. For example, by using MRI, our laboratory discovered that the brain chemical glutamate, which serves as the brain’s “light switch,” plays a critical role in childhood OCD.
What a scan means
When I show families their child’s MRI brain scans, they often tell me they are relieved and reassured to “be able to see it.”

Children with mental illness continue to face enormous stigma. Often when they are hospitalized, families are frightened that others may find out. They may hesitate to let schools, employers or coaches know about a child’s mental illness. They often fear that other parents will not want to let their children spend too much time with a child who has been labeled mentally ill. Terms like “psycho” or “going mental” remain part of our everyday language.
The example I like to give is epilepsy. Epilepsy once had all the stigma that mental illness today has. In the Middle Ages, one was considered to be possessed by the devil. Then, more advanced thinking said that people with epilepsy were crazy. Who else would shake all over their body or urinate and defecate on themselves but a crazy person? Many patients with epilepsy were locked in lunatic asylums.

Then in 1924, psychiatrist Hans Berger discovered something called the electroencephalogram (EEG). This showed that epilepsy was caused by electrical abnormalities in the brain. The specific location of these abnormalities dictated not only the diagnosis but the appropriate treatment.

That is the goal of modern biological psychiatry: to unlock the mysteries of the brain’s chemistry, physiology and structure. This can help better diagnose and precisely treat childhood onset mental illness. Knowledge heals, informs and defeats ignorance and stigma every time.
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Why aren’t more Kids with Sickle Cell Disease getting this Test?


Why aren’t more kids with sickle Cell Disease getting this Test?

 

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Hematologist and researcher Julie Kanter says as few as 30 percent of children across the country with sickle cell disease are getting a simple test that could keep them from having a stroke. She wants to bring that more in line with the MUSC Health rate of around 85 percent.
So Kanter and two other researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina are leading a national, 28-site study, looking at what keeps some children from getting transcranial Doppler exams….

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PEOPLE Explains: The ‘Unspeakable’ Abuse an 8-Year-Old Calif. Boy Allegedly Suffered from Mom and Her Boyfriend By Greg Hanlon•@GregHanlon, Christine Pelisek•@chrispelisek and Chris Harris•@chrisharrisment


PEOPLE Explains: The ‘Unspeakable’ Abuse an 8-Year-Old Calif. Boy Allegedly Suffered from Mom and Her Boyfriend
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Minderjährig, radikal, brutal – Verfassungsschutz warnt vor Dschihadisten-Kindern


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Nachdem der IS riesige Gebiete in Syrien und Irak verloren hat, gibt es nun die Befürchtung, es könne eine neue Generation von Dschihadisten entstehen Picture Alliance © Handout/Planet Pix via ZUMA Wire/Picture Alliance

Nicht nur Erwachsene verbreiten Terror. Der IS trainiert auch Minderjährige als Kämpfer. Der Verfassungsschutz warnt vor einer neuen Dschihadisten-Generation und indoktrinierten Kindern deutscher Extremisten, die zurückkehren könnten.

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Als der Junge auf den Abzug der Pistole drückt, verzieht er keine Miene, er will keine Angst zeigen. Die Waffe hält er mit beiden Händen, die Arme durchgestreckt. Das gefesselte Opfer, ein Gefangener der IS-Terrormilz, kippt nach vorn. Der Junge schießt noch mal und noch mal, dann streckt er den rechten Arm mit der Pistole in der Hand nach oben und schreit “Allahu akbar”.

Das Opfer verliert in diesem Moment sein Leben – und der Schütze seine Kindheit und Unschuld. Als er abdrückt, ist er vielleicht 13 Jahre alt…

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Police Chief Confirms Fmr UK Prime Minister …… Raped Dozens of Children and Govt ‘Covered it Up’



Police Chief Confirms Fmr UK Prime Minister Raped Dozens of Children and Govt ‘Covered it Up’

In what will likely turn into the largest pedophile bombshell in recent history, Sir Edward Heath, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has reportedly been accused by the police chief as being a pedophile. His vile crimes against children were allegedly ‘covered up by the establishment.’
More than 30 people have now come forward with claims of sexual abuse by the former leader of the Conservative Party and PM. Police investigators told the Daily Mail that the victims all gave ‘strikingly similar’ accounts of the sexual abuse and none of the individuals were known to each other.
On Sunday, the Daily Mail revealed that the police chief investigating the Heath case said the allegations against him are ‘120 per cent’ genuine.
The original investigation began last year as Heath’s alleged victims began coming forward. Disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile’s nephew alleges his friend was sexually abused by former Prime Minister at parties in the 1970s…..http://thefreethoughtproject.com/breaking-fmr-uk-prime-minister-heath-pedophilia/

 

ROTHERHAM ABUSE SCANDAL: Horrific reality of ‘industrial scale’ child grooming revealed


 

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ROTHERHAM ABUSE SCANDAL: Horrific reality of ‘industrial scale’ child grooming revealed
Aug 8, 2016
GROOMING of young girls by gangs of predominantly Kashmiri (Muslim) men is still occurring on an “industrial scale” in Rotherham because authorities are failing to tackle an organised child sex crime racket, an investigation by express.co.uk has uncovered.
By NICK GUTTERIDGE IN ROTHERHAM
PUBLISHED: 15:00, Mon, Aug 8, 2016
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An express.co.uk investigation has uncovered shocking examples of abuse in Rotherham
This website has pieced together shocking testimony from victims, campaigners and local residents who have told how police and the local council are still “failing” thousands of vulnerable girls.

It reveals how organized, criminal gangs of paedophiles are still using the town as their own personal fiefdom, peddling underage girls for sex as part of a multi-million pound crime empire.
The men are predominantly from the city of Mirpur in the disputed region of Kashmir, on the border between Pakistan and India.
Express.co.uk has chosen to refer to the abusers as Kashmiri or Mirpuri after hearing how many mainstream British Pakistanis are disgusted by the actions of a few men from those communities.
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Today an investigation by this website lifts the lid on the shocking scale of abuse still going on in Rotherham, two years after a landmark report into the scandal ruled that police and council workers had ignored the issue for fear of being branded racist.

Professor Alexis Jay’s astonishing probe revealed that at least 1,400 girls were groomed by sex gangs between 1997 and 2013, and unearthed a series of scandalous failings by local authorities.
A recent follow-up report, published by Professor John Drew in March, concluded that the police are now “adequately” tackling child grooming and that historic failures had been “isolated”.
But testimony, pieced together from independent sources, paints a starkly different picture of the authorities’ response.
EXPRESS
Child abuse victims say authorities are still failing to tackle abuse in Rotherham
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Thousands of girls have been abused by criminal gangs in Rotherham
A number of people who gave evidence to Professor Drew’s inquiry expressed open dismay at his findings and told us the grooming of girls is as bad now as it has ever been.

And many have told express.co.uk of their outright anger that the police and local council workers have not done more to crack down on the grooming gangs.
One victim called Ellie – not her real name – said: “Raping of white girls by these men is still going on. Some, I know, have had to wait months before they’re even asked to give a statement [to the police]. It’s shockingly bad still.”
In light of the scandalous failings of South Yorkshire Police (SYP) to tackle child sexual exploitation the Government sent in the National Crime Agency (NCA) to oversee the inquiry.
The investigation – called Operation Stovewood – is currently probing more than 7,000 lines of inquiry.
But Ellie said: “What have the National Crime Agency been doing for the last 18 months with their £10 million? No arrests yet? We’re feeling desperate and disheartened.”
Another girl, going under the pseudonym Lizzie, said: “I know a few girls who have come forward recently and been told they are being racist and I know a lot that won’t come forward and to be fair I can’t blame them.
“Nothing has changed, not in the slightest. It’s still the same scale as before.”
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The South Yorkshire town has been blighted by Kashmiri grooming gangs
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There have been shocking allegations surrounding the authorities’ response to CSE
Hers was one of a number of testimonies express.co.uk heard about how abuse is going on in plain sight, with victims, campaigners and neighbours all able to direct this website to the areas where the grooming gangs operate freely in the terraced streets.

She added: “It doesn’t shock me anymore because I’m used to hearing it. You hear it on a daily basis, about new girls on a daily basis.
“All you can do really is help them, and I wouldn’t advise people to go to the police because they don’t do anything. I’d rather take it into my own hands.”
A third victim said: “It’s just as bad as it was before because they just don’t care – they don’t want to tackle it.”
In shocking testimony the father of one girl who was raped by the criminal gangs told how packs of young Kashmiri men linked to her abuser still turn up outside his home to intimidate the family.
One of the ways the grooming gangs were able to get away with their crimes for so long was due to a coordinated campaign of witness intimidation, which made the girls and their families too scared to speak out.
Recalling a series of incidents which took place in March this year, he said: “Every night for 13 nights out of 14 between midnight and 1am we had people coming and knocking on the door saying it was takeaways. We don’t really eat takeaways, and when we looked through the spy hole they had no food and you could see a car full of Asians.
“We had my granddaughter for the day nine weeks ago and we took the dog for a walk. On the way back I noticed two BMWs full of Asians.
“We were going past and we heard them saying something, but we just ignored it. We got across the road and all of a sudden we started hearing this abuse ‘you white bastards, don’t think your daughter is safe’, things of that nature.
“There was no one else in the street so it was obviously aimed at us. The next moment this big Pakistani guy with a shaven head – he was wearing some sort of robes – put his arm out of the car window and he was waving a tin of lighter fuel shouting ‘we will see, we will see’.”
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He added: “These groomers, these paedophiles are still running this town and the police are still doing what they were doing back in the day – nothing. Children in this town are at risk now and it’s appalling.”

His comments were echoed by a former social worker who helps victims of abuse. They agreed grooming is still happening on an “industrial scale” and said new girls are still coming forward every week with harrowing tales.
They said: “We’ve seen slight improvements – and I emphasise the word slight – but I don’t think they’ve come fast enough and I sometimes have to question if we’ve got to a stage where if we don’t hear too much about it it’s going to go away.”
In many instances the abuse is so open that neighbours in the town are aware that it is going on.
But they say they feel powerless to act because of police indifference and the vice-like grip the criminal grooming gangs have achieved.
A concerned resident told express.co.uk that he regularly saw cars full of abusers kerb crawling in the area around his home, adding that it is an open secret that taxi drivers still target local schools at home time in the hope of picking up young girls.
The man – a former university lecturer – said he was “furious” that grooming is still going on so openly despite the public outcry.
He said: “It’s not stopped and I’m furious about it. It’s rampant and it’s very, very wrong.
“I’ve seen the young men and they are like dogs on heat outside the house, they won’t go away. They are outside a white girl’s house, the kid is screaming in the kitchen, the men want to get in and screw her but the police aren’t interested.”
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Victims and their families say they still feel ignored and marginalised
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Police and the council say they are working hard to improve the situation
And one local source told this website: “CSE is definitely still going on. There’s a segment of the Rotherham population that still believes itself to be above the law, and all of those people expect to be found not guilty if they end up before the courts.”

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said abuse is “still going on” in the town and that she still gets new girls coming to her on a regular basis, although the numbers have dropped off.
She said: “These are new cases, these are ongoing cases, these are live cases. What I’m seeing is there’s a lot people coming forward with peer on peer abuse and it’s not so much the older Pakistani man that I’m hearing as a perpetrator.
“We shouldn’t accept it’s an inevitability. We’ve got young people growing up not knowing what consent is, so I’m not surprised that the age range is starting to drop.”
Lawyer David Greenwood from Switalskis solicitors, who has represented dozens of girls abused by Rotherham’s grooming gangs, said there are now six “splinter groups” of paedophiles operating in the town.
He added: “I strongly feel that this is happening today in many towns across the country. You’ll be able to find parents who are complaining to the police and not being taken seriously, and who are suffering the frustrations that the parents were suffering in Rotherham 15 years ago.
“Some police forces are good at dealing with missing persons and some not so good. Some forces aren’t good at teaming up missing persons reports with this kind of suspicious grooming activity.”
Campaigner Anne Marie Waters, who carried out her own investigation into the Rotherham sex attacks, said the child grooming business is as booming as ever, adding that victims who felt let down by the police and social services are “too scared” to speak out.
She said: “Everyone I spoke to agreed on the fact that it’s still going on whether it was child abuse victims, police, councillors – nothing has changed.”
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Official data from South Yorkshire Police shows that the force has recorded 161 offences of CSE in Rotherham since April last year alone.

In the same period they have charged 40 people with child sex offences, whilst there are currently 99 live investigations into grooming cases ongoing.
South Yorkshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable, Rachel Barber, said: “We accept that child sexual exploitation is a pervasive crime that continues to happen within our communities.
“Protecting children from this horrific abuse is an absolute priority and we are working incredibly hard alongside victims and survivors, local authorities, charities like Barnardo’s and other voluntary organisations to raise awareness of this crime and to understand how we can better identify those at risk.”
Rotherham Council Leader, Cllr Chris Read, added: “Tragically there will always be criminals who want to hurt vulnerable young people, and we know children are still being exploited in communities up and down the country, including in Rotherham.
“We know too that in the past there were serious failings in Rotherham.  But the way we deal with child sexual exploitation today is very different than in the past.  We have heard from victims and survivors who have directly informed our response – we are listening, and taking action alongside the police and other partners to keep young people safe, to disrupt offenders and to secure justice.
“Rotherham is in a stronger place, but the fight against those who seek to harm our young people continues and we all agree that there is more work still to do.  We always want to hear from people who have views about our services, and how we might better meet people’s needs, so would encourage people to get in touch with us.”
If you suspect a child is being exploited, or have any concerns about a child, please call or text the national helpline Say Something on 116 000. You can also ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Children With Incarcerated Parents Get Bill of Rights in Oregon


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Author and Prisoners’ Rights Advocate
Children With Incarcerated Parents Get Bill of Rights in Oregon
10/04/2017 08:46 pm ET

2.7 million children in the U.S. have at least one parent in prison.

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By Christopher Zoukis
One in 14 children in the U.S. has one or both parents in prison — and those children are four times more likely to end up in jail themselves. They also drop out of school at a higher rate and, if they are in foster care, are 65 percent more likely to become homeless once they age out.
Those are sobering statistics, but there’s more. Between 1991 and 2007 the number of imprisoned adults that had children in their care at the time of incarceration has grown by 79 percent.
Much has been said, studied and written about how prisoners should be treated and educated, but earlier this year in Oregon, attention also turned to the children that are left behind when a parent goes to jail. In Oregon, nearly 70,000 children have one or both parents in behind bars. The numbers are skewed toward African-Americans (1 in 9 children) and those low on the socio-economic scale (1 in 8 children).
To address the needs of these children, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill of rights – the first of its kind – with the aim of creating policies that help children maintain ties with their incarcerated mothers and/or fathers, and reducing the trauma associated with having a parent in prison.
“We know that a large part of what helps with re-entry is having families that are intact. Children of incarcerated parents are victims, as well, of what happens. Their needs are rarely taken into consideration by the courts [and] by the police,” said Senator Michael Dembrow (D-Portland), the chief sponsor of the bill.
There are nine rights on the bill, including these four:
1. The right to maintain a relationship with the incarcerated parent(s)….Children With Incarcerated Parents Get Bill of Rights in Oregon HUFFINGTON POST

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