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Mindfulness meditation: boosting young people's brain power? - Health & Wellbeing

Mindfulness meditation: boosting young people's brain power? - Health & Wellbeing | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
It's not only adults who can benefit from focusing their attention, research suggests mindfulness and meditation are also useful tools for young people.

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Inquiry told children as young as 12 treated for 'ice' abuse (Vic) - video

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the use of the drug 'ice' has heard the number of people using the substance has risen dramatically in recent years.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, September 30, 2013 8:21 PM

ABC news coverage of our Laurence Alvis and Donna Ribton-Turner at yesterday's hearing.

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What the Psychology of Suicide Prevention Teaches Us About Controlling Our Everyday Worries

What the Psychology of Suicide Prevention Teaches Us About Controlling Our Everyday Worries | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
Two surprisingly simple yet effective techniques for ameliorating anxiety.

"We must gain victory, not by assaulting the walls, but by acc
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How Antidepressants Affect Selfhood, Teenage Sexuality, and Our Quest for Personal Identity

How Antidepressants Affect Selfhood, Teenage Sexuality, and Our Quest for Personal Identity | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
"Though antidepressants are effective at managing negative emotions, they don't in themselves provide the sense of meaning and direction tha
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It's not the morphine, it's the size of the cage: Rat Park experiment upturns conventional wisdom about addiction

It's not the morphine, it's the size of the cage: Rat Park experiment upturns conventional wisdom about addiction | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
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Ice use devastating rural Victoria

Ice use devastating rural Victoria | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
Rampant methamphetamine use is devastating regional Victorian towns and some of Melbourne's outer suburbs, with senior police describing the drug as the most harmful they have seen and health workers reporting that children as young as 12 are being...

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Restoring the Body: Bessel van der Kolk on Treating Trauma with Yoga, EMDR, and Healing Therapies

Restoring the Body: Bessel van der Kolk on Treating Trauma with Yoga, EMDR, and Healing Therapies | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it

Human memory is a sensory experience says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he's learning how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy (EMDR) can restore a sense of goodness.


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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 12, 2013 3:08 AM


Brilliant Interview with with Bessel van der Kolk, a well-known PTSD expert,  with Krista Tippett at on being about Trauma and Restoring the Body.  Krista Tippett describes this conversation as "Surprisingly joyful" where he describes the "complexity of memory, the need for others and how our brains take care of our body." www.amyfullerphd.com 




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How Childhood Trauma May Make the Brain Vulnerable to Addiction, Depression | TIME.com

How Childhood Trauma May Make the Brain Vulnerable to Addiction, Depression | TIME.com | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
Childhood trauma has long been known to raise a child's odds of developing depression and addiction later on. Now, a small but intriguing new study links these risks to specific changes in the brain

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Krishna Shah's curator insight, December 7, 2013 2:39 PM

This article is interesting because it shows how different kinds of trauma, especially in children, can lead to depression and even drug use. 

Alexandra S. 's curator insight, January 14, 2014 6:38 PM

There has always been a link between childhood trauma and the increase in chances of developing depression and addiction later on in life, however now this artcile suggests there are specific changes in the brain  that are disrupting certain neural networks. Research using brain-imaging technique measured differences in teen's brains where they found the right hippocampus was affected majorly. This portion of the brain plays a big part in emotional processing which has a major impact on a child's outcome and life. Making sure that as clinicians we understand how stress and trauma can lead to addictions is imperative to our client's success and well-being. 

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Experts call for youth forensic mental health unit

Experts call for youth forensic mental health unit | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
A secure forensic mental health facility for young Victorians is urgently needed to adequately treat the state's most psychologically troubled offenders, juvenile justice workers say.

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Drugs focus should be on prevention, not prosecution

Police Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp told a packed audience at the Yarra Drug and Health Forum that more police or jails were not a solution to the state’s drug woes. 

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Drug crime budgets leave spending on harm reduction way behind

Drug crime budgets leave spending on harm reduction way behind | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
Australia is spending more than a billion dollars each year fighting the ''war on drugs'' but has slashed funding for harm reduction, a landmark analysis has found.
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Australia spent only 2.1 per cent of its drugs budget, or $36 million, on harm reduction in the 2009-10 financial year yet $1.1 billion on "the war on drugs" law enforcement. $361 million, or 21 per cent, was spent on treatment 

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Heroin (Alone) Is Not the Problem

Heroin (Alone) Is Not the Problem | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
Glee actor Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room on July 13, and the British Columbia Coroner concluded that his death was the result of a toxic mixture of alcohol and heroin. The actor had
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Ice epidemic prompts inquiry in Victoria (audio)

In Victoria a parliamentary inquiry is underway into the impacts of the drug ice At last count 23 000 Victorians had admitted using the drug while ambulance callouts have doubled in two years I

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ReGenUC's curator insight, September 30, 2013 5:52 AM

PM coverage of today's hearing.  Our submission to the inquiry is here: http://regen.org.au/news/406-parliceinquiry

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Unpredictable ice users put paramedics in fear (Vic)

Unpredictable ice users put paramedics in fear (Vic) | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
Ambulance calls related to the drug ice have more than doubled in the past few years and violent behaviour by users can be frightening, paramedics say.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, September 30, 2013 7:45 PM

More coverage from yesterday's Parliamentary inquiry, citing our Donna Ribton-Turner on the need for new approaches to treatment for methamphetamine dependence.

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The web may be key to youth alcoholism and depression

The web may be key to youth alcoholism and depression | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
A NEW trial hopes that online intervention can combat depression and alcoholism in young people by encouraging them to seek help.
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Huge increase in ice use among youth worker clients

Youth workers in Melbourne’s north and west are reporting a 300 per cent increase in ice use among clients.
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Groundhog day: why the asylum problem is like the drug problem

WEEKEND READ: What does Australia’s handling of asylum seekers have in common with our approach to illicit drugs? Quite a lot, writes Desmond Manderson.
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What Happened to Psychiatry's Magic Bullets?

What Happened to Psychiatry's Magic Bullets? | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
Psychiatric drugs have become yet another commodity that we have learned to live with or even enjoy, like S.U.V.s or Cheetos. Yet the industry is in trouble.
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Wider Use of Antidote Could Lower Overdose Deaths by Nearly 50% | TIME.com

Wider Use of Antidote Could Lower Overdose Deaths by Nearly 50% | TIME.com | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
Distributing naloxone and training people to use it can cut the death rates from overdose nearly in half, according to a new study.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:52 AM

It's a disgrace naloxone isn't widely distributed to opiate users family and friends - no excuse.

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Psychiatry divided as mental health 'bible' denounced - health - 03 May 2013 - New Scientist

Psychiatry divided as mental health 'bible' denounced - health - 03 May 2013 - New Scientist | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
The US National Institute of Mental Health has slammed the validity of DSM-5 saying patients with mental disorders deserve better

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Decriminalisation or legalisation: injecting evidence in the drug law reform debate

We should all be concerned about our laws on illegal drugs because they affect all of us – people who use drugs; who have family members using drugs; health professionals seeing people for drug-related…...
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Just make sure you know: it's high time dope was legalised

Just make sure you know: it's high time dope was legalised | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
My name is Wendy Squires and I've smoked marijuana. There, I said it.

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Kathryn Elkins's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:21 PM

The legalisation argument getting more airplay this week.

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You Could Make the Case for Ending the War on Drugs in 60 Seconds

You Could Make the Case for Ending the War on Drugs in 60 Seconds | AOD & Mental Health- Youth | Scoop.it
If you had only 60 seconds to make a compelling case for ending the war on drugs, could you do it?
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