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Throughout the week Jan will be updating the community in a series of posts on the latest research from the American Academy of Pediatrics Conference. Read her first update live update from the AAP .
Parents sometimes tell me their child or teen has a deep voice or sounds hoarse. Surprisingly, a few parents of infants say the crying sounds hoarse. I have been contacted by professional singers and frustrated adults who want their voices heard so I was curious to find out more about this topic.
A hoarse voice may be a symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) , allergies, overuse of voice or the result of injury/intubation in children and teens. It is likely the primary care doctor such as a pediatrician will be the first stop for diagnosis and treatment.
If a child does not respond to treatment, a referral may be made to a specialist in pediatric voice disorders called a laryngologist. The evaluation may include a careful history of the pro...
Let’s get rid of the word, stigma, once and for all. Every once in a blue moon, I feel the urge to sound off. Please indulge me:
As a word, “stigma” is an insult to the outrages inflicted upon our population. Its use - even by well-meaning people - only perpetuates our status as third-class citizens. A quick history lesson:
In the US, during the first decades of the twentieth century - in the name of the improvement of the human race, with the sanction of the Supreme Court - 30,000 individuals deemed mentally unfit were subjected to enforced sterilization.
In Hitler’s Germany, some 300,000 to 400,000 forced sterilizations were carried out. Then, beginning in 1939, a quarter million mentally and physically disabled people were gassed in special “euthanasia” centers.
We live in a more enlightened age, but the basic premise that we are not welcome as equals in society remains substantially unchallenged. We are no...
Over the years that I've served as CEO
of DBSA, many of you have expressed your frustration and concern with the way
consumers of mental health services are portrayed in the media. Why are we
always the axe murderers and thugs? What about the millions of us who do good things in the world?
Well, the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, has heard those frustrations and developed the Voice Awards . This
program, which began in 2005, provides
a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of a movement to reduce stigma associated
with mental health problems and promote recovery by acknowledging and
celebrating the efforts of entertainment professionals who have helped support
The Voice Awards recognize entertainment writers and producers
who incorporate dignified, respectful and accurate portrayals of individuals
with mental illnesses into film and television productions...
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