Children And Substance Dependent Parents

“In a way, I wanted my mum to go back to prison, because she was clean (drug free) for a few weeks when she came out of prison.” ~ Child, (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction). The children of parents with substance dependence and abuse problems suffer silently. Substance-related problems are seldom short-lived. From the beginning of the problem through its progression men and women find they have become parents. This was likely Read More

Psychology’s answer to trolling and online abuse

Do we each harbor a dark passenger? A malevolent psychopath? A fragile narcissist? Contrary to popular belief, decades of psychological research shows that anyone is capable of aggression, cruelty and violence. The “self” is a murky mixture of light and shade. Lately the dark side seems to be winning. On Thursday, Downing Street called for a boycott on the website ask.fm following the tragic death of Hannah Smith. Meanwhile, the barrage of threats directed at Read More

Bullying Exerts Psychiatric Effects Into Adulthood

Once considered a childhood rite of passage, bullying lingers well into adulthood. Bullies and victims alike are at risk for psychiatric problems such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide when they become adults, reported a study partially funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that was published in the April issue of JAMA Psychiatry. Background Bullying is a repetitive, aggressive act done to abuse or intimidate others. It can take on various Read More

Teen Dating Abuse

Abuse knows no rules, no boundaries, and does not take exception with the wealthy or the poor. Abuse doesn’t care if you are the clever one, the beauty, or the hunk down the street. Anyone can find themselves in a potentially abusive relationship. Once in one of these relationships it may place you in a trance and you may find yourself unable to extract yourself. Domestic violence is also known as intimate partner violence. Violence Read More

Abuse Of Mom In Childhood And Autism Risk

The latest in the litany of “this is linked to autism” findings is abuse of the mother in childhood. Researchers publishing in JAMA Psychiatry report that women who experienced the “highest level” of abuse when they were girls had about three times the risk of non-abused women of having an autistic child. In the current work, based on data collected in the course of the large Nurses’ Health Study II, the authors looked at data Read More

Nancy Jusky column: April is Childhood Abuse Prevention month

“When kids are safe, they are happy and healthy!” This is the positive spin that Sheboygan County’s Team Blue Ribbon is putting on Child Abuse Prevention during the month of April featuring a collaborative effort of outreach activities throughout the community. Outreach education during April will include 25,000 placemats in English, Hmong and Spanish, which will be distributed to 30 area restaurants by the Team Blue Ribbon committee and the Volunteer Center of Sheboygan County. Read More

Nine-year-old boy suspended for ‘sexual harrassment’

By Gregory Kane This is a tale of a bus and a guy named Bostic. Bostic’s first name is Jerry. He’s probably a pretty swell guy, I suppose. At least, by his own admission, he is. He spent 44 years as an educator. And, Bostic said recently, he "really enjoyed" working with the kiddies. The bus in this story is the figurative one that Bostic got tossed under. Details of the Bostic and the bus Read More

Sheldon Kennedy tells U.S. Senators more education needed to fight abuse

By Sheldon Alberts WASHINGTON — When Sheldon Kennedy learned the details of child sexual abuse allegations against former Penn State defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, they must have sounded all too painfully familiar. A trusted authority figure. Vulnerable kids. Missed signals. And a sporting community, then a nation, stunned that it could go on so long. Kennedy, a former NHL player who was sexually abused by disgraced junior coach Graham James, told U.S. lawmakers Tuesday it’s Read More

Energy drinks cause problems for some

By Dinah Voyles Pulver Tempting promises lure buyers from the attractive cans of energy drinks on convenience store shelves: power, energy, endurance. In a fast-paced lifestyle, where teens and adults alike often rush from one thing to another, those promises boosted energy drinks to wild popularity over the past decade, with sales rising more than 200 percent. However, a new report from the National Institutes of Health indicates emergency room visits related to the highly Read More

Mark Curran, 7-Year-Old, Under Investigation For Sexual Harassment (VIDEO)

By Laura Hibbard A 7-year-old boy at South Boston’s Tynan Elementary School is under investigation for sexual harassment after he struck a boy in the groin, The Boston Globe reports. The boy’s mother, Tasha Lynch, says her son, Mark Curran, was only defending himself after the other boy allegedly choked Curran on a school bus Nov. 22. "I think my kid was right to fight back," Lynch toldThe Globe. "He wasn’t doing anything except protecting Read More