Category Archives: sexual abuse

Got Your ACE Score? « ACEs Too High

The CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Studyuncovered a stunning link between childhood trauma and the chronic diseases people develop as adults, as well as social and emotional problems.

Got Your ACE Score? « ACEs Too High.

More than 20pc of children hear voices –

More than 20pc of children hear voices –

“But the statistics are quite clear – between 22-23pc of 11- to 13-year-olds hear voices, usually as a once-off occurrence,” she said. “That drops to 7pc or 8pc by the time children approach their late teens.” said Rachel Waddingham, from Mind in Camden.

The point here is that hearing voices is not necessarily s sign on madness (psychosis, schizophrenia, etc…) But is actually a NORMAL human response to trauma and loss. In fact, many people who voices say that the voices can drive them mad at times.

Kids See A Hidden Message When They Look At This Anti-Abuse Ad That Adults Don’t Notice. [VIDEO]

Kids See A Hidden Message When They Look At This Anti-Abuse Ad That Adults Don’t Notice. [VIDEO].

14 November 2013 John Read

Univerity College Cork conference presentation – video recording “Meanings of Madness”, with links – 14 November 2013 John Read – Panopto Viewer 

Explanations of how medical model fails to adequately explain schizophrenia

Protecting Children From Toxic Stress –

I think he forgot the mention mental illness, but this might explain many comorbidities…

“Imagine if scientists discovered a toxic substance that increased the risks of cancer, diabetes and heart, lung and liver disease for millions of people. Something that also increased one’s risks for smoking, drug abuse, suicide, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, domestic violence and depression — and simultaneously reduced the chances of succeeding in school, performing well on a job and maintaining stable relationships? It would be comparable to hazards like lead paint, tobacco smoke and mercury. We would do everything in our power to contain it and keep it far away from children. Right?


Children can be shielded from the most damaging effects of stress if their parents are taught how to respond appropriately.

Well, there is such a thing, but it’s not a substance. It’s been called “toxic stress.”…

Protecting Children From Toxic Stress –

The long-term effects of child sexual abuse – CFCA webinar – Child Family Community Australia

Referring to her current paper, Judith Cashmore presents this webinar a week from now: The long-term effects of child sexual abuse – CFCA webinar – Child Family Community Australia.

Childhood Adversities Increase the Risk of Psychosis: A Meta-analysis of Patient-Control, Prospective- and Cross-sectional Cohort Studies

“…our review of 41 studies found evidence that childhood adversity is substantially associated with an increased risk for psychosis. This finding, combined with other findings on the impact of traumatic experiences in childhood on both general health and mental health stress the importance of these disruptive experiences early in development on subsequent functioning in the adult. The implications of our findings for primary prevention are obvious and urgently in need of greater attention. A range of psychosocial treatment approaches to psychosis, which are more likely to address the sequelae of adverse childhood events, have been found to be effective for many patients and should be made more available.
Our findings suggest that clinicians should routinely inquire about adverse events in childhood in order to develop comprehensive formulations and treatment plans when working with patients with schizophrenia or similar diagnoses.78 Psychosocial interventions which have been used for patients affected by trauma might be considered among the treatment options for patients with psychosis.”

This article is freely available from the Schizophrenia Bulletin web site here.

I wonder when these journals (with this term ‘schizophrenia’ in their titles) will act on the  idea that this term is both invalid and stigmatising, and simply perpetuates the myth that psychosis is a dead-end road.