GOOD NEWS FOR POOR, ABUSED, NEGLECTED, & TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN

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Sadly, for some time, it has been known that children who suffer abuse, neglect, poverty, or trauma often develop depression and other psychiatric illnesses. As adults, that kind of stress often translates into greater incidence of medical illnesses, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
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TEEN BRAINS, BRILLIANT & INSANE

In Anxiety, Brain, Dopamine, Neuroplasticity, Obesity, Oxytocin, Relationships, Stress, Video Gaming, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

What IS going on in the teen brain?  What causes it to function unlike the brains of children or adults?  What can help teens use their brains to be safer, healthy, happier, and more successful adults?

This link offers the power point presentation, “Teen Brains, Brilliant and Insane”, given October 13, 2014

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MEDITATION USES NEUROPLASTICITY TO RE-WIRE OUR BRAINS FOR LESS ANXIETY

In Anxiety, Brain, Control, Meditation, Neuroplasticity, Stress, Success, Wellbeing by DC McGuire1 Comment

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have succeeded in identifying the specific brain functions involved in meditation. Researchers were able to watch which areas of the brain are activated and which are quieted during meditation aimed at anxiety relief.

Subjects, with no prior meditation experience, participated in 20-minute classes to learn a technique known as mindfulness meditation.
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Bullying, Bad Even for DNA!

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Dr. Louise Arseneault’s group from King’s College London has discovered that being bullied can actually lead to a wide range of epigenetically induced mental health problems like depression and anxiety. In twin studies they observed that the bullied twin showed a decreased cortisol response.Decreased cortisol responses have  been linked to poor stress coping strategies and play a role in a number of  mental disorders.
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Brains Under Stress Unavailable for Learning

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 If you’ve paid any attention to Chicago’s Board of Education vs. Teacher’s Union strike, you’re likely to take away a sense that the key issues facing public schools center around evaluation methods, pay, tenure, class size, and classroom conditions.  Those problems are actually the really low hanging fruit.
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