This is a cross post from © 2015 ChooseHelp.com who welcomes republishing of their content on condition that you credit Choose Help and the author, David Earl Johnson, LICSW. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Bullying has been an issue for humanity for a very long time. Unfortunately, it took recent events, such as, violence perpetrated by and at schoolchildren, for people to give it the attention it needs.
I’m going to try to write more short posts rather than work on a big paper for months before I post. There is a lot of hype about Facebook causing depression citing research. Actually, if you look, you will find the research had nothing to do with Facebook. Image via CrunchBase It all started with [this article] writing on [I’m going to try to write more short posts rather than work on a big paper for months before I post.
Sandra Bullock makes some very solid points about the continued double moral standard between men and women in our society. It is only by repeated public statements will the culture begin to shift. However, she missed the universal point. I don’t think a young boy would escape the slash of verbal harassment about having a lisp. While there is a natural push for social culture to demand a certain level of conformity, children do not understand the limits of this wisdom or can reason through the paradox of conformity for the sake of conformity.
Many of the boomer adults were raised with a lot of TV. It would appear things have gotten worse. We know a lot more about what TV does to children, but it doesn’t appear to have had much effect. Simple logic will tell us that the experience of TV will decrease a child’s ability to tolerate a delay in gratification of desires. Certainly, the TV ads are designed to create the desire for things we didn’t know we needed, a certain frustration that we can’t have it all, now.
We’ve all heard about viruses and websites that steal our sensitive private information. Cyberstalking has also become a problem on social media sites. Blogs, Twitter, MySpace and Facebook, in particular, are prone to this sort of abuse. Image by luc legay via Flickr But even cellphone texting can be a problem since you can forward others details where ever you want. Although there are mixed reviews of just how much of a risk there is, there is agreement there is a risk.
A fashion piece called “Celebrities Without Makeup” can make an effective social education for young girls at risk for eating disorders. I first saw something like this from a ad put together by Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and posted about it.
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Here is a heads up for parents of kids vulnerable to eating disorders. There is a growing support network on the Internet to help young girls “improve” on their eating disorders. Connecting with others feels supportive, especially those who are like minded. But in fact, the “Pro-Ana” (Pro-Anorexia) groups encourage unhealthy behavior and feed the preoccupation with being thin and losing weight. About 15% of those diagnosed with Anorexia die from complications of starvation.
Image via Wikipedia With 75% of all prisoners in state and federal prisons showing significant symptoms of mental illness, it’s not surprising that youths are not immune. The sad part is that the younger the prisoner, the more damaging will be the experience of prison, the more likely they will re-offend on release, and the more likely they’ll be back in prison. At least some states are beginning to emphasize rehabilitation rather than the self-defeating plan to punish the guilty.
Great post from Dr. Deb. “This is a haunting and visually stunning work of art, showing how beauty is merely a facade. How media and its messages create a subjective world, where unattainable goals often lead us to disaster.” <!– Facebook Like / Send Button (XFBML) –> <div class="fb-like facebook-button" id="facebook-content-buttons-post-255"> <fb:like href="http://www.davemsw.com/blog/beauty_is_merely_a_facade/" send="true" layout="standard" show_faces="false" font="arial" colorscheme="light" action="like"></fb:like> </div> <!– Twitter Button –> <div class="twitter-button" id="twitter-content-buttons-post-255"> <a href="http://twitter.
Here is another example of how the media doesn’t really do much to enhance understanding of mental health. A researcher releases his results for peer review and integration into professional knowledge. A reporter sees the alarmist headlines and shares it with the general public with the first line of the article: “A researcher at the University of Missouri-Columbia has found that girls who talk very extensively about their problems with friends are likely to become more anxious and depressed.