biochemical marker of neglect
Everyday experiences affect countless tiny
genetic 'switches' in our DNA, which are turned on or off, by extension we
develop or successfully avoid all kinds of hereditarily influenced health
indicates brain size decreases 20-30% if a child is not talked to, touched,
or played with.
Startling differences in
hormone levels which
leave a biochemical mark linked to social bonding was found in children who
spent their first two years in Romanian or Russian orphanages by Seth Pollak.
The hormone, oxytocin, the peptide
of compassion, works on brain centers linked to reward and emotion.
The oxytocin levels
of children being reared by their biological parents increased when they played
a game with their mothers but didn't increase when they played the game with
83% of the adopted children showed no rise in
oxytocin levels - whether
playing the game with their adoptive mother or the stranger.
experiences in childhood alter not only
the psychology of an
adult but also physical health into middle age and beyond.
led by Duke University researchers has found sustained health risks that
apparently stem from childhood abuse, neglect,
social isolation, or
Adults who had been maltreated as children were
twice as likely to suffer major
depression and chronic inflammation.
Children who grew up poor or
socially isolated were twice as likely to show metabolic risk markers at age
"What we're learning is that poor adult health
is, in part, manufactured in
childhood. The human stress
response is implicated not only in psychological conditions but in other
health conditions as well. The more difficult the childhood, the more adult
age-related disease risk factors we see. It's multiple and cumulative childhood
experience that predisposes adults to poor health." - Avshalom Caspi
"New federally financed drug
research reveals a stark disparity: children covered by
Medicaid are given
medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have
children are more likely to receive the drugs for less severe conditions than
their middle-class counterparts.
with diagnoses of mental or emotional problems in low-income families are also
more likely to be given drugs than receive family counseling or
AntiPsychotic are the single biggest
drug expenditure for Medicaid, costing the program $7.9 billion in 2006.
Studies have found
that children in low-income families have a higher rate of mental health
problems compared with children in better-off families." - Duff Wilson,
December 11, 2009
"These kids are not getting other mental health
services." - Dr. Mark Olfson
"Medicaid kids are subject to
a lot of stresses that lead to behavior
issues which can be hard to distinguish from more serious
conditions. It's very hard to pin down." - Stephen Crystal
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