child-development

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

2 minute read

National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals > “There’s probably easier ways to make a living, but I want to tell you, on behalf of all of the students in Dallas, we need you. We need you now more than ever.” Dallas Morning News > “At 10, Dalton Sherman is a speech-making pro. Since winning a big oratory competition in Dallas last January, he’s performed at numerous churches and events all over Dallas.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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This is not surprising since we already know chronic stress changes many body elements in mostly a negative way. This is the first time I’ve seen that relates the stress of poverty to brain changes. This needs to be a target for prevention policy. Blogs Scientific American Community “The authors recruited 100 middle-aged volunteers from a Pennsylvania community registry and acquired three important measures from each. First, participants provided information that qualified as an objective indicator of personal and community socioeconomic status (for example, educational attainment and household income).

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

2 minute read

Sort of contagious. You see, there are a lot of symptomatic behaviors that are subject to imitation. Drug abuse, cutting, suicidal behavior and eating disorders are just a few examples. When like minded people get together, they inspire imitative behavior in each other. It is unlikely that they are sharing the behavior in each other’s presence, but they are seruptitiously comparing notes. Therapists are very much aware of this potential for contagion.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

10 minute read

Eating Disorders include Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binging Disorder. Unfortunately, most often, eating disorders, even with rigorous studies, have been studied as if they are related disorders. While there appears to be some relationship, between them, there are important differences. Anorexia is one of the most deadly forms of mental illness. The mortality rate is about 10%. Stice (2002) Eating disorders are one of the most common psychiatric problems faced by women and girls and are characterized by chronicity and relapse.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

4 minute read

Thanks to PsychCentral.com, I found facinating article from the Los Angeles Times. A recent study has found that depression is related more to misperceptions of peer interactions, especially during puberty. Truth sometimes hurts. But for children closing in on adolescence, a firm grasp on the truth about one’s standing with classmates and peers can be healthy, even when it does hurt a bit. A new study has found that children who can accurately assess how much — or little — their peers like them are less likely to develop symptoms of depression, including sadness and difficulties concentrating or sleeping.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

1 minute read

Isn’t it sad that our most effective and pervasive education sources (TV) and other media is full of images that are not real, raise expectations for ourselves and others, and sets us up to feel inadequate. Those feelings help create in some girls a frenzied obsession with appearance that sometimes leads to eating disorders, some of which are deadly. And they make a few people rich. Thanks to Isn’t it sad that our most effective and pervasive education sources (TV) and other media is full of images that are not real, raise expectations for ourselves and others, and sets us up to feel inadequate.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

4 minute read

I caught a post on Bioethics.net referring to an article in New Scientist on the work of Dimitri Christakis and Frederick Zimmerman, from the University of Washington in Seattle. Christakis and Zimmerman wrote an editorial in the latest issue of the journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. It contained this quote: We’re conducting a large uncontrolled experiment on our children and waiting to see what the results will be.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

3 minute read

Mental Notes had a great post a few days ago listing the kinds of indications to look for in understand if your child is suffering from a serious problem. Behavior can mean many things, often because of the context of situation. You may need help to figure out what needs the attention. I will take issue with one of his assertions. While it is true that a full assessment takes a lot of time and there is very little incentive from the doctor’s perspective to do the full diagnostic and medicating as a trial is a widely used method of diagnostics, I’d advocate for the full evaluation before medicating.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

1 minute read

If you can’t think of a good reason to support school referendums, consider this: [Enlightenment Bulletin Board – Years In Small Classes In El-Ed School Yields Graduation][1] A new study involving a large sample of students followed for 13 years shows that four or more years in small classes in elementary school significantly increases the likelihood of graduating from high school, especially for students from low-income homes. [Enlightenment Bulletin Board – ONE-THIRD OF THOSE WHO ENTER HIGH SCHOOLS DON’T GRADUATE][2]

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

1 minute read

[Study Finds Maternal Exposure To Parasitic Infection May Increase Risk Of Schizophrenia In Offspring][1] Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that can develop from eating undercooked meat and unwashed fruits and vegetables, drinking contaminated water, or not washing one’s hands after gardening or changing cat litter boxes. I can’t think of a better reason for prospective mothers to guard their personal hygiene.