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» The Harmful Effects of Toxic Stress on You & Your Children - World of Psychology

» The Harmful Effects of Toxic Stress on You & Your Children - World of Psychology | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
You aren't doing your kids any favors by staying in an unhealthy marriage.
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The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism : NPR

The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism : NPR | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Scientists and parents have long been baffled by the fact that children with autism often don't pay attention to human voices.
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After the Narcissistic Parent

After the Narcissistic Parent | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
It’s Narcissist Friday! A friend asked me to go with him to see his mother as she lay dying in the hospital.  He wanted me to reassure her about her faith.  He may also have wanted me to understand...
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Too many people have parents who did not/could not love them, for whatever reason. Unlike Hollywood, there are rarely deathbed apologies and reconciliation from the abuser.

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Embattled Childhoods May Be the Real Trauma for Soldiers With PTSD - Association for Psychological Science

Embattled Childhoods May Be the Real Trauma for Soldiers With PTSD - Association for Psychological Science | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

New research on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in soldiers challenges popular assumptions about the origins and trajectory of PTSD, providing evidence that traumatic experiences in childhood – not combat – may predict which soldiers develop the disorder.


Psychological scientist Dorthe Berntsen of Aarhus University in Denmark and a team of Danish and American researchers wanted to understand why some soldiers develop PTSD but others don’t. They also wanted to develop a clearer understanding of how the symptoms of the disorder progress.


“Most studies on PTSD in soldiers following service in war zones do not include measures of PTSD symptoms prior to deployment and thus suffer from a baseline problem. Only a few studies have examined pre- to post-deployment changes in PTSD symptoms, and most only use a single before-and-after measure,” says Berntsen.

 

The findings challenge the notion that exposure to combat and other war atrocities is the main cause of PTSD.


“We were surprised that stressful experiences during childhood seemed to play such a central role in discriminating the resilient versus non-resilient groups,” says Berntsen. “These results should make psychologists question prevailing assumptions about PTSD and its development.”

 

[Note from Mom Psych: The really surprising thing is that the researchers were surprised. Other researchers have long known that secure attachment in childhood supports resilience (against the effects of stress as well as trauma), and that differences in resilience help explain why some people succumb to mental health issues later in life and others don't.]  See also: http://www.mom-psych.com/Articles/Trauma-and-Resilience/What-Is-Resilience-GS1001.html ;


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Society for Neuroscience - Studies Report Early Childhood Trauma Takes Visible Toll On Brain; Changes Found In Regions Controlling Heart and Behavior

Society for Neuroscience - Studies Report Early Childhood Trauma Takes Visible Toll On Brain; Changes Found In Regions Controlling Heart and Behavior | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Trauma in infancy and childhood shapes the brain, learning, and behavior, and fuels changes that can last a lifetime, according to new human and animal research released October 16. 

 

The findings show:

• Physical abuse in early childhood may realign communication between key “body-control” brain areas, possibly predisposing adults to cardiovascular disease and mental health problems 

• Rodent studies provide insight into brain changes that allow tolerance of pain within mother-pup attachment.


• Childhood poverty is associated with changes in working memory and attention years later in adults; yet training in childhood is associated with improved cognitive functions.


• Chronic stress experienced by infant primates leads to fearful and aggressive behaviors; these are associated with changes in stress hormone production and in the development of the amygdala.

 

Another recent finding discussed shows that:


• Parent education and income is associated with children’s brain size, including structures important for memory and emotion.

 

(The Society for Neuroscience is a nonprofit membership organization of basic scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system.)


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» Many Helicopter Moms Prone to Crash and Burn - Psych Central News

» Many Helicopter Moms Prone to Crash and Burn   - Psych Central News | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

In a nation of supermoms and tiger moms, experts hope a new study may cause some to take notice as researchers have found that an intensive parenting style may damage a mother’s mental health.

 

Study authors surmise that mothers may think that an aggressive and domineering style makes them better mothers, so they are willing to sacrifice their own mental health to enhance their children’s cognitive, social and emotional outcomes.

 

“In reality, intensive parenting may have the opposite effect on children from what parents intend,” the authors said.


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The Fear of Good-bye if You Don’t Comply :: Emerging From Broken

The Fear of Good-bye if You Don’t Comply :: Emerging From Broken | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

It occurs to me that the people in my own life who invalidated me had this kind of “if you don’t comply ~ Good-bye” attitude towards me. In realizing that truth I remembered that my mother always said “if you don’t like it, lump it.” I don’t remember if I ever wondered what the hell that meant but I always took it to mean that if I didn’t like it, too dang bad. And that means the exact same thing as “if you don’t comply, good-bye”. When I got older she started to say “if you don’t like it you can leave” which is exactly what I thought she had been saying all along anyway.

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You Just Broke Your Child. Congratulations.

You Just Broke Your Child. Congratulations. | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
I feel a need to write this after what I witnessed a father do at Costco yesterday... Parents. And especially some of you dads. Stop breaking your children. Please.
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Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes | DiscoverMagazine.com

Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes | DiscoverMagazine.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.
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» Affect Regulation: The Case Against Spanking and For Emotionally-Present Parenting - Neuroscience and Relationships

» Affect Regulation: The Case Against Spanking and For Emotionally-Present Parenting - Neuroscience and Relationships | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, July 11, 2013 1:31 AM

Children are gorgeous little people who sometimes, annoy and irrate us to distraction.  For some parents, annoying children are enough to take them over their emotional limits, resulting in the parents loosing control over their actions and spanking results.  This article says it all.  Spanking kids does noone any good.  Read on to find out more....

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More Evidence of Neural Connection between Infant Stress and Later Psychological Disorders

More Evidence of Neural Connection between Infant Stress and Later Psychological Disorders | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

This two-decade study reveals neural connection between early stress and anxiety and depression in girls. 

 

Keep in mind that this is not the first study to show a connection between developmental stress or trauma and later psychological issues in adolescence and adulthood. Although the study refers to "permanent changes" in the brain because they were present in adolescence, we also know that these changes can be reversed to some degree through focused therapy--particularly through cognitive behavioral approaches including a technique called "mindfulness."  Richard Davidson, one of the authors of this study, is also known for his research on mindfulness techniques.

 

One interesting aspect of this study is that it perhaps helps parse out the differences in how these developmental brain changes due to stress are manifested in girls versus boys.

 

The author of the report says, "Although there’s no obvious explanation, anxiety and mood disorders are more prevalent in women, whereas antisocial behavior and substance abuse are more common in men."  She then quotes one of the researchers who adds: “It fits with the idea that they both feel what’s going on, but have different strategies for expressing their unhappiness and maladjustment."

Also see: Studies Report Early Childhood Trauma Takes Visible Toll On Brain;"

http://www.scoop.it/t/mom-psych/p/3010760797/society-for-neuroscience-studies-report-early-childhood-trauma-takes-visible-toll-on-brain-changes-found-in-regions-controlling-heart-and-behavior ;


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Parents' Fighting May Have Long-Lasting Effect on Kids - US News and World Report

Parents' Fighting May Have Long-Lasting Effect on Kids - US News and World Report | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
But if conflict is handled constructively, children's sense of security stays intact, research suggests...
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How Child Maltreatment May Scar the Brain | Healthland | TIME.com

How Child Maltreatment May Scar the Brain | Healthland | TIME.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Child maltreatment has a profound effect on the brain — even in kids who are resilient and don't suffer from psychiatric disorders, according to two new studies, one of which found that brain activity in children raised in violent homes resembled...
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