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Positive Links for Children, Teens and Families during the Coronavirus, special focus on Teen Mental Health (76)

Year 2, Week 26 (76)

COVID-19 & Teen Mental Health

22.09.2021-28.09.2021

This Week’s Top Links

27.09.2021 Should teens taking ADHD, anxiety and depression drugs consume energy drinks and coffee?

https://theconversation.com/should-teens-taking-adhd-anxiety-and-depression-drugs-consume-energy-drinks-and-coffee-166864

The amount of caffeine in some energy drinks is far above daily guidelines by the FDA and can lead to problems with sleep, additional anxiety and of course, all of that can increase the chance of depression. But the real problem is not the energy drink, it’s the lifestyle we are pushing on kids that leads to the constant need for hyper-alertness.

24.09.2021 How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason

https://nextbigideaclub.com/magazine/talk-science-denier-conversations-flat-earthers-climate-deniers-others-defy-reason-bookbite/29602/

It is important to remember that science deniers did not reach their conclusions through evidence and reason, therefore, don’t expect to be able to “reason” them out of their opinions. They’re denials are based more in identity formation than empirical research. Any progress with a science denier needs to begin with identity affirmation and the best affirmation will always be empathic listening.

26.09.2021 Conspiracy Theorists Lack Critical Thinking Skills

https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/science/2021/07/25/conspiracy-theorists-lack-critical-thinking/?fbclid=IwAR1LIfhXlv2yVk3QG9uDGofvGISe5804E8PzeQAAtU5W8D0IC9yxv7T5HWI

There is a lot of research behind this article that is worth reading. The point is that conspiracy theorists don’t lack cognitive skills, they just choose an easy path to simple solutions that affirm their ego and when it comes to the ego, it is much harder to change than ideas. Critical thinking skills can be taught to 10-12 year olds, but that doesn’t mean they are used and the less one uses them, the less one is able to use them. Conspiracy theorists also enjoy the uniqueness that their opinions give them. It is less about being accurate than standing out and defending the pride one takes in one’s stand.

26.09.2021 ‘You Are What You Click: How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience

https://nextbigideaclub.com/magazine/click-selective-positive-creative-can-transform-social-media-experience-bookbite/29657/

Do you remember “you are what you eat?” Well, this is quite similar; “you are what you consume” and by consumption, it includes what we feed our brains daily. Junk in / Junk out.

23.09.2021 COVID-19 will likely shift from pandemic to endemic — but what does that mean?

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/09/covid-pandemic-epidemic-disease-coronavirus/

This article by the World Health Organization (WHO) includes a good table for understanding the progress of a pandemic; from Outbreak to Epidemic to Pandemic to Endemic.

22.09.2021 What we do and don't know about kindness

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210921-what-we-do-and-dont-know-about-kindness?ocid=global_future_rss

Kindness can impact a lot of people, it also has a strong impact on the person being kind. The research on kindness has exploded in the last decade and we can all benefit from the results. This article is worth reading to affirm how kindness can impact your family and you, but also because it is so needed at this time when so many people are feeling anxious and oppositional. You can even sign on to participant in a worldwide research study on kindness, which would be very kind of you.

28.09.2021 Misinformation has pushed American democracy to the brink, former CISA chief says

https://www.cnet.com/tech/misinformation-has-pushed-american-democracy-to-the-brink-former-cisa-chief-says/

Former CISA Chief (fired by Trump) spoke last weekend about the severe erosion of democracy in North America. These attacks used to be limited to outside influencers such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran, but now the greatest threats are coming from within the GOP Party. Can democracy survive attacks on election credibility and science from both within and without the system? That question is being put to the test across the world today as holding political power and massive wealth becomes more important that telling the truth. A very insightful commentary by NYU Professor, Scott Galloway, on PBS Friday, September 24 spoke about how capitalism has been eroded by cronyism. Where the elite buddy up and make laws to protect their wealth and power.

 

This Week’s Links

28.09.2021

Misinformation has pushed American democracy to the brink, former CISA chief says

https://www.cnet.com/tech/misinformation-has-pushed-american-democracy-to-the-brink-former-cisa-chief-says/

It's time to start firing unvaccinated people: Trump fans are overdue for a lesson in consequences

https://www.salon.com/2021/09/27/its-time-to-start-firing-unvaccinated-people-fans-are-overdue-for-a-lesson-in-consequences/

'I'm going to die, aren't I?': Sask.'s unvaccinated express regret about not getting a COVID-19 jab | CBC News

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/unvaccinated-sask-covid-deaths-1.6191446?cmp=rss

Kenney’s COVID Denials, Alberta’s Health-Care Catastrophe (in Analysis)

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/09/28/Kenney-COVID-Denial-Alberta-Health-Care-Catastrophe/

After Government Pledge of 'Best Summer Ever,' COVID Swamps Alberta Hospitals, Premier

https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2021-09-28/after-government-pledge-of-best-summer-ever-covid-swamps-alberta-hospitals-premier

Idaho COVID Insanity Shows How Much Worse the GOP Can Get

https://www.thedailybeast.com/idaho-covid-insanity-shows-how-much-worse-the-gop-can-get

New Study Finds A Huge Perk Of Getting Vaccinated After Having COVID

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/study-covid-vaccine_l_6151dbbde4b098483a792e18

27.09.2021

Should teens taking ADHD, anxiety and depression drugs consume energy drinks and coffee?

https://theconversation.com/should-teens-taking-adhd-anxiety-and-depression-drugs-consume-energy-drinks-and-coffee-166864

How To Trick Your Brain Into Releasing Chemicals That Make You Happy

https://www.yourtango.com/experts/sandra-donati/how-trick-brain-releasing-chemicals-that-make-you-happy

The COVID-19 pandemic in data visualizations

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/09/the-covid-19-pandemic-in-visuals/

This is what’s really behind the Great Resignation

https://www.fastcompany.com/90679444/this-is-whats-really-behind-the-great-resignation?partner=rss&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=rss+fastcompany&utm_content=rss

Tensions high between vaccinated and unvaccinated in Canada, poll suggests

https://www.timescolonist.com/tensions-high-between-vaccinated-and-unvaccinated-in-canada-poll-suggests-1.24360501

B.C. Vaccine Card requirement as only acceptable proof of vaccine starts today

https://www.timescolonist.com/b-c-vaccine-card-requirement-as-only-acceptable-proof-of-vaccine-starts-today-1.24360521

'We're in massive trouble': Prominent Alberta doctors call for 'fire break' lockdown, mandatory vaccines for employees

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/prominent-alberta-doctors-call-for-firebreak-lockdown-mandatory-vaccines-for-employees

Reuvers: The COVID era — No, we haven't all been 'in this together'

https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/reuvers-the-covid-era-no-we-havent-all-been-in-this-together

26.09.2021

Conspiracy Theorists Lack Critical Thinking Skills

https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/science/2021/07/25/conspiracy-theorists-lack-critical-thinking/?fbclid=IwAR1LIfhXlv2yVk3QG9uDGofvGISe5804E8PzeQAAtU5W8D0IC9yxv7T5HWI

‘You Heard Me, N***** Boy.’ Flight Attendants Testify About The Rise In Air Rage— And What Should Be Done About It

https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2021/09/25/flight-attendants-testify-air-rage/

Why We Still Wear Masks On Planes

https://www.godsavethepoints.com/why-we-still-wear-masks-on-planes/

Children and adolescents struggling with pandemic’s mental health fallout

https://ctmirror.org/2021/09/25/children-and-adolescents-struggling-with-pandemics-mental-health-fallout/

5 things to know about coronavirus booster shots

https://apple.news/ADOGi_0oSRcCm0RQAyZOOlg

25.09.2021

You Are What You Click: How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience

https://nextbigideaclub.com/magazine/click-selective-positive-creative-can-transform-social-media-experience-bookbite/29657/

COVID-19 cases in children rose faster in counties without school mask requirements, CDC says

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/covid-19-cases-in-children-rose-faster-in-counties-without-school-mask-requirements-cdc-says/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_seattle-news

Delta Just Made a Request That Could Improve Air Travel for Everyone--Including Its Competitors

https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/delta-no-fly-list-air-rage-hearings.html

Penalties Doubled For Travelers Who Refuse to Wear a Mask - The Gate

https://thegate.boardingarea.com/penalties-doubled-for-travelers-who-refuse-to-wear-a-mask/?utm_source=BoardingArea&utm_medium=Flipboard

The Evidence Is in – One Mask Type Stands Out as The Best Protection Against COVID-19

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-evidence-is-in-one-mask-type-stands-out-as-the-best-protection-against-covid-19

Even mild COVID-19 can shrink the brain, preliminary research finds

https://www.livescience.com/covid-19-shrinks-brain

Doctor who has lost over 100 patients to covid says some deny virus from their death beds: 'I don't believe you'

https://www.unionleader.com/news/health/coronavirus/doctor-who-has-lost-over-100-patients-to-covid-says-some-deny-virus-from-their/article_4412db71-cb3f-5a5e-8ca9-22e4f08b8d67.html

Canada's top doctor issues dire warning about COVID-19 fight - NEWS 1130

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/09/24/canada-covid-dire-warning/

Daughters Say Mom Who Died of COVID Would Do Anything for Them — Except Get Vaccinated

https://people.com/health/daughters-say-mom-who-died-of-covid-would-do-anything-for-them-except-get-the-vaccine/

24.09.2021

How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason

https://nextbigideaclub.com/magazine/talk-science-denier-conversations-flat-earthers-climate-deniers-others-defy-reason-bookbite/29602/

Instead of Getting Angry, Say This to Keep Your Kid from Interrupting You

https://www.purewow.com/family/how-to-keep-kids-from-interrupting?utm_campaign=rss&utm_medium=syndication&utm_source=flipboard

Airlines Propose Banning Passengers From “All” Airlines For Mask Issues

https://www.godsavethepoints.com/airlines-propose-banning-passengers-from-all-airlines-for-mask-issues/

Use the 4-7-8 Method to Fall Asleep Almost Instantly

https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/sleep-technique-andrew-weil-university-arizona.html

Apple will soon support COVID vaccination cards in Wallet app

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2021/09/23/apple-soon-support-covid-vaccination-cards-wallet-app/5811681001/

Ron DeSantis, Angel of Death: Parents Can Still Send Kids to School After Exposure to COVID-19

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/09/ron-desantis-schools-coronavirus-exposure

23.09.2021

COVID-19 will likely shift from pandemic to endemic — but what does that mean?

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/09/covid-pandemic-epidemic-disease-coronavirus/

How pediatricians can turn off ‘water hose’ of adolescent mental health concerns

https://www.aappublications.org/news/2021/09/22/nce2021adolescentdepression092221

Seriously, How Are Parents Doing This?

https://www.thecut.com/2021/09/parents-socializing-children-family-covid-19.html

The COVID vaccine for kids 5 to 11 years: What parents need to know

https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/kids-health/covid-vaccine-kids-5-to-11-canada-faq/

Ivermectin and COVID-19: What you need to know about this controversial drug

https://www.cnet.com/news/ivermectin-and-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know-about-this-controversial-drug/

The U.S. Is Lifting Its Travel Ban. Who Is Allowed to Visit?

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/22/travel/us-international-travel-vaccine.html

Vaccine mandates for travel are legal in the U.S. — and more are probably coming

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/23/is-it-legal-to-require-vaccinations-to-travel-yes-say-experts-.html

To prevent brain fog at work, watch what (and how) you eat

https://www.fastcompany.com/90679315/to-prevent-brain-fog-at-work-watch-what-you-eat-and-how-you-eat-your-meals?partner=rss&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=rss+fastcompany&utm_content=rss

22.09.2021

What we do and don't know about kindness

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210921-what-we-do-and-dont-know-about-kindness?ocid=global_future_rss

School vaccine mandates aren't new: A history of requirements

https://www.cnet.com/health/school-vaccine-mandates-arent-new-a-history-of-requirements/

7 Easy Ways To Prove Your Vaccination Status, Now That You Need It To Get Into So Many Places

https://www.wellandgood.com/how-to-prove-vaccination-status/

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