We Are Survivors 

This blog is dedicated to the tens of millions of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect who get up every day and try to work and function in a world that seems to not care about us.

Diagnoses for Children with Multiple Traumas - Part 2

The American Psychological Association is proposing a new diagnosis called “Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) for the next edition of their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V). According to a May 2005 article in Psychiatric Annals (Vol. 34, No. 5, pages 401-408) by Boston University Medical Center psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, MD, for children to meet the criteria for DTD, they would have to show:[1]

Diagnoses for Children with Multiple Traumas

At this time, there is no single diagnosis for children who have experienced multiple traumas and who struggle with self-regulation. They could be a child abuse victim who has also experienced a death in the family. There are any number of debilitating problems a child might be experiencing with a corresponding multitude of diagnoses that are used to treat the child. Listed below are some of the diagnoses currently used and some of their shortfalls.[1]

NIMH and Mental Healthcare Funding

The ethics of responsible conduct in research has been a long-term issue. In January 2002 the Association of American Medical Colleges approved a report by its task force stating: “Financial conflicts of interest of clinical investigators… [is] the single issue that poses the greatest threat to maintaining public trust in biomedical research.”1

Mental Diagnoses of Child Abuse Survivors-Part 2

This blog is a continuation of the discussion about mental disorders in “Mental Diagnoses of Child Abuse Survivors-Part 1.” It is important to understand the magnitude of the psychiatric illnesses survivors have to cope with on a daily basis to gain insight into the plight of America’s 50 million victims of abuse.

Mental Diagnoses of Child Abuse Survivors-Part 1

It seems like most of the coverage about mental health disorders is primarily presented by pharmaceutical companies. The main ones talked about in general are those affecting people diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism. Research gives us a more accurate picture of both the scope of mental illnesses and the major disorders affecting Americans.

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Psychology is fake science. These 'diagnoses' are based solely upon victims' testimonials with no examination of objectively verif... Read More
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I can understand why you may feel that way. There is a lack of trained trauma therapists, and survivors have had problems in findi... Read More
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I do not deny that good trauma therapists may exist. But they cannot read the minds of their 'patients' and any real therapist wil... Read More
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Commission on Mental Health Findings

In 2002, President Bush’s “New Freedom Commission on Mental Health”1 had a fancy title and convened a lot of meetings to discuss issues concerning mental health. Although I applauded the effort, as far as I know, nothing came of it. It is easy to hold hearings and listen to experts, but why is it so difficult to enact laws and regulations to actually make life better for those struggling with mental illness?

Systematic Screening Needed For Trauma – Part 2

Scientific and clinical evidence shows that there are sufficiently large numbers of undiagnosed and untreated trauma-affected children in America today that justifies a larger public concern. This situation is a true, serious public health emergency which warrants the following necessary actions to mobilize the needed resources for children and families1:

Systematic Screening Needed For Trauma – Part 1

Systematic, large-scale screening of children for trauma-related symptoms and behavioral problems offers both critical opportunities and significant challenges. Screening has played a critical role in public health over the years and in many cases has become a routine part of standard medical care. Children who would benefit from early detection and intervention are1:

APA Position on Child Abuse - Part 4

This last part in a series of posts on the American Psychiatric Association (APA) will complete their Position Statement on child abuse and neglect. Their final recommendations state:

APA Position on Child Abuse - Part 3

My last post on APA’s position on child abuse provided a list of APA goals, policies, and recommendations to be followed given the magnitude of the harm inflicted on children when abused and neglected. More information is shown below.

APA Position on Child Abuse - Part 2

Having read in my last post all the destructive effects on people who have been abused and/or neglected as a child, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) states the following:

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APA Position on Child Abuse - Part 1

I thought it might be helpful for survivors to read the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Position Statement on Child Abuse and Neglect that was approved in May 1991. That was 22 years ago. And yet, there is still no public discussion by the media or any legislator at the national level about this humanitarian crisis. The statement is lengthy, so I have divided it up in to several posts.

Predictors of Violence in Young Children

When a child is violent, it is often common to relate the cause of such behavior to characteristics of elements outside the family. If there is a lot of unemployment or crime in the neighborhood, it is assumed that these risk factors are the reasons for the child’s behavior. But many children grow up in poor neighborhoods and don’t become violent.

Attachment and Children’s Mental Health

Attachment is important. It is the base upon which the emotional health, social relationships, and one’s worldview are built. The shift to trust and form relationships will affect the emotional health, security, and safety of the child, as well as the child’s development and future relationships. I wrote about how this affects adult survivors in another blog: Adult Survivors' Attachment Styles

Oversight of Mental Healthcare

Approximately 1,600 publicly traded corporations “self-insure” for employee benefit healthcare by establishing a trust for the payment of healthcare expenses. This is cheaper than buying insurance from a commercial insurance company. It also means their policies are not regulated by state commissions.

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