Monthly Archives: February 2014

Childhood trauma linked to development of psychosis

For many years, the general belief in the medical and mental health community has been that psychosis is physically and genetically based and that the environment has no impact on its development.

In recent years, studies are showing that environmental trauma and adversity in the early years is connected with psychosis.

A paper just published in the journal Neuropsychiatry just strengthened support for this link. Four researchers (including Dr. Bruce Perry) performed a search for relevant papers published since 2001, finding 125. They then reviewed those articles, which support the “traumagenic neurodevelopmental model” of psychosis, specifically the concept that brain changes caused by trauma parallel brain patterns present in patients diagnosed with psychosis.

The paper presents an overview of the brain changes that are important in detail, as well as a list of important points to come out of this survey.

This paper is available for free online: The traumagenic neurodevelopmental model of psychosis revisited, John Read, Roar Fosse, Andrew Moskowitz, Bruce Perry, Neuropsychiatry, Feb 2014.

The News about Woody Allen

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-news-about-woody-allen

Dylan Farrow speaks
Frances Silver, New York Times

Dylan Farrow spoke. My friend told me about it on Sunday.

If you haven’t already, please read this Open Letter from Dylan Farrow and consider how it feels to be a child who has to keep a terrible secret, which you yourself don’t understand.

Consider the nature of celebrity and what it means when we turn a blind eye merely because someone is rich and famous.

Consider how wrong and perverse it is to take advantage of a child’s innocence and scar a human being forever.

Consider why someone would abuse.