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Somebody Stood up for Me: We Can Reverse the Effects of Childhood Trauma

Speaking of his seemingly improbable success in 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama said, "I will never forget that the only reason that I'm standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky." Recognizing those who helped him succeed, Mr. Obama touched on a simple yet critical truth: When faced with obstacles and adversity, we need…

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How the County Is Responding to the Trauma Factor - San Diego, CA

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Carver Elementary teacher Andrew Rodaniche is briefly interrupted by kindergartner Shaun Pham as he talks to his class about behavior issues. Experts believe trauma is a top indicator of misbehavior in class.…

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Anti-bullying laws fail to stem youth suicide - Mississppi

In Mississippi, 635 youth ages 10-24 have committed suicide since 2000 — an average of 49 deaths per year — according to data from the state Department of Health Vital Statistics program.

The number hasn’t budged in more than a decade despite widespread…

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Depression risks increase for young dads

Becoming a dad can be emotionally tough for any guy, but especially for young, first-time fathers. A new study finds that the first five years of parenthood — key attachment and bonding years for a child — may be the riskiest for young…

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Setting the stage for chronic health problems: cumulative childhood adversity among homeless adults with mental illness in Vancouver, BC

It is well documented that childhood abuse, neglect and household dysfunction are disproportionately present in the backgrounds of homeless adults, and that these experiences adversely impact child development and a wide range of adult outcomes. However, few studies have examined the cumulative impact of adverse childhood experiences on homeless adults with mental…

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The Consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences

A traumatic childhood often results in an adulthood with health complications and a lowered life expectancy.  But even decades after the fact, there may be a way to diminish those harmful consequences.

When asked, Dr. Felitti cites the full list of the 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences incorporated in his…

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Disrupted, “Failed” Adoptions and “Re-homing” - An Adoptive Father's Lessons Learned About Attachment Disorder

This is a very disturbing story that I happened to hear about this morning on the Today Show (yes I admit to watching it.) I’ve heard of “failed” and “disruptive” adoptions. Some people have referred to my experience with my Casey as a “failed” adoption, something I correct immediately. If it was a “failed” adoption my wife and I would’ve had regrets about having casey in…

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Female service members face heightened mental and family stress

Female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have returned in worse mental health than their male counterparts and experience family strife more frequently.…

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New studies on Bullying

Schools have limited success in reducing bullying, new analysis finds ~ By Stuart Wolpert April 01, 2014

Two UCLA professors who conducted the most thorough analysis to date of studies on school bullying have found that K-12 schools' efforts to curtail bullying are often disappointing. The study revealed that schools are trying many different approaches to protect students, and while the more comprehensive programs have been the most effective, they require substantial…

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"End It Now", a broadcast of the program "Life on the Line" is FANTASTIC!

Here on ACEs Connection, under EVENTS, there is a listing for a program called, "End It Now."  It ran last night, today, and is scheduled (at least where I live) to run again tomorrow (Sun. the 13th of April, 2014), and Wed. the 16th of April.  When it starts out it seems very much like it's going to be all about sexual abuse.  But, really, it's about ACEs.  Dr. Vincent Feletti is interviewed.  It's a half-hour program and it's on PBS, but I had a little trouble finding it.  You may have to…

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Perry: Rhythm Regulates the Brain

Perry another headshot Dr. Bruce Perry, MD is taking his attachment theory healing for developmental trauma to Washington, as I wrote April 4, in a May 4 program for the…

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Age Doesn't Predict Success In Court-Based Mental Health Treatment Programs

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Statistics show that the amount of older adults in the criminal justice system has quadrupled in the past 15 years. Many of the…

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A Research-Based Guide To Helping Teens Deal With Drug Abuse

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Texas Town Calls On Many Voices To Aid In Battle Against Child Abuse

New Braunfels, Texas -- With National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month as a backdrop, a local organization gathered many different voices in one room Wednesday to discuss ways to create lasting solutions for battling the effects of child abuse.



The free Childhood…

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Researchers Search For Earliest Roots Of Psychiatric Disorders

Newborns whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy to any one of a variety of environmental stressors -- such as trauma, illness, and alcohol or drug abuse -- become susceptible to various psychiatric disorders that frequently arise later in life. However, it has been unclear how these stressors…

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Police Taught To Spot Signs Of Psychiatric Crisis

Dozens of mentally ill people die in run-ins with police every year. Last month, a homeless camper in Albuquerque, N.M., was killed in a shooting captured on an officer's helmet camera, sparking an FBI investigation and a protest that forced the city to call out riot police.



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Head Injuries Can Make Children Loners

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New research has found that a child's relationships may be a hidden casualty long after a head injury.



Neuroscientists at Brigham Young…

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The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

Eight-year-old Francis Csedrik pauses mid-swing in his backyard in Washington, D.C. Like most kids, he's gradually losing his memories of things that happened when he was 3 years old. …

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