What’s it like to have ADHD?

30 October 2012
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A recent study, by biomedical ethicist Dr Ilina Singh, asking children how they feel about ADHD and possible treatment has identified that the children feel that their medication helps them control their reactions and gives them time in which to think before acting. The children also said that they wanted additional treatment options, however: long waiting lists for children’s behavioral treatments means that there is currently little alternative by rely on prescribing drug treatments. “One of the messages that children have is that they want more treatment options outside of medication,...

The Intoxication of Power

14 October 2012
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Our leaders of industry, our politicians and managers, our public servants and executives, all wield power over us and all come under criticism when decisions they make have negative impacts. To better understand the psychology of power, ‘from neuroscience to hubris’ the Royal Society of Medicine, in association with the Daedalus Trust ran a conference in October 2012: “to integrate emerging knowledge from neuroscience, social sciences and organisational governance to nourish benevolent leadership and create effective constraints to hubris and related conditions” Read...

An end to zero tolerance in American schools?

05 October 2012
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School districts across the US have moved towards smarter disciple programmes and away from mandatory expulsions, in an attempt to tackle student discipline. The American Psychological Association reports that the zero tolerance policy has led to an increase in bad behaviour and has not reduced violence nor promoted learning. The new approach employs restorative practices, which enable students to better understand the consequences of their actions and develops inter student and teacher student relationships. Subscribe to our free online seminar on mental health welfare in schools here. Read the...

Teenager creates viral campaign to fight bullying

22 September 2012
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Seventeen-year-old Kevin Curwick, an Osseo High School football team captain, is using Twitter to fight cyberbullies and compliment his classmates, but much to his surprise, now people across the world are returning the favor. Read more

Make your child “bullyproof”

02 June 2012
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A new way to fight bullies is emerging: make victims ‘bullyproof’ by teaching then social and emotional skills. A multitude of school based programmes are developed to teach children how to protect themselves from bullying. Read more here.

Psychologists helping Lady Gaga

12 May 2012
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DR S. Swearer, a member of the American Psychological Association is helping Lady Gaga to launch her new charity: Born this way. Lady Gaga’s foundation will focus on ant-bullying campaigns and research Dr Swearer is a professor of psychology and the director of the Bullying Research Network. You can watch a video of the launch: