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Migrant Children Must Be Reunited With Parents Immediately, Mental Health Experts Say

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Although President Donald Trump ended his family separation policy, there’s no plans to address the children that have already been taken from their parents. Some advocates have suggested that public genetic testing sites could aid in the process of reuniting families. Meanwhile, there’s profit to be made off the health care needs of those held at the border. And chaos reigns supreme even after the president’s executive order.

Psychological Damage From Separation Has Already Been Done To Kids, Experts Say As Trump Caves On Immigration Policy

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“It’s not like an auto body shop where you fix the dent and everything looks like new. We’re talking about children’s minds,” said Luis H. Zayas, professor of social work and psychiatry at the University of Texas at Austin. “We did the harm; we should be responsible for fixing the damage. But the sad thing for most of these kids is this trauma is likely to go untreated.” Media outlets dive into the mental health toll of President Donald Trump’s family separation policy, as well as the lasting political ramifications it may have in the coming months.

‘The Effect Is Catastrophic’: Medical Experts Speak Out Against Policy Of Separating Migrant Kids From Parents

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The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association have all issued statements against the Trump administration’s new policy. “To pretend that separated children do not grow up with the shrapnel of this traumatic experience embedded in their minds is to disregard everything we know about child development, the brain, and trauma,” reads a separate petition from mental health professionals.

Video Games Are Designed To Get People Hooked. Now That Addiction Is Being Officially Recognized By Medical Field.

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The World Health Organization says that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition. “It’s going to untie our hands in terms of treatment, in that we’ll be able to treat patients and get reimbursed,” said Dr. Petros Levounis, the chairman of the psychiatry department at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Meanwhile, developers are trying to cure our addiction to our smartphones with an app.

Separating Migrant Children From Parents Can Cause ‘Irreplaceable Harm,’ Medical Experts Say

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Children who are forcibly taken from their parents have demonstrated links to asthma, obesity and cancer, in addition to tendencies toward substance abuse, developmental delays and mental health issues. The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” of detaining adults attempting to cross into the U.S. has resulted in the division of families traveling with children.

Why Middle-Age Suicides Have Become A Chronic Problem In America

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Experts talk about the problems that arise around midlife — such as health issues, social isolation and financial stress — that are playing a role in the sharp uptick of suicides the country is seeing in those who are middle-age.

Congress Is About To Consider 57 Bills On Opioid Crisis. But Will The Measures Do Anything To Curb The Epidemic?

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Even as lawmakers gear up to consider a sweeping package of opioid bills, some experts are doubtful the legislation will do enough to address the crisis. However, the bipartisan support for the measures speaks to the fact that lawmakers know it’s a winning topic for the upcoming midterms. Meanwhile, NIH has laid out its $500 million plan to combat the epidemic.