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Developmental trauma disorder is based on the theory that early childhood experiences literally shape the brain—and therefore the mind, behavior and personality of children into adulthood. Will the field of psychiatry recognize developmental trauma as a legitimate diagnosis?

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Today's Daily Briefing features a report on business of health care exchanges, a candid discussion of PTSD and a great metaphor for bloggers and journalists.

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Devaugndre Broussard grew up in three violent neighborhoods: San Francisco's Bayview-Hunter's Point and Western Addition and Richmond's Iron Triangle. His mother went to prison for drug sales when he was only 10 months old. She went back to prison several times while he grew up, sending him to a series of foster homes. A girlfriend who attended some of Broussard's early court appearances told the Chauncey Bailey Project this might've set the tone for his life. He's one of many people she knows who lived in foster homes where "parents" were more interested in the monthly county check than in their foster kids.

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There’s a growing recognition of the role that complex post-traumatic stress disorder plays in trapping people in long-term homelessness. Understanding how PTSD unfolds can help us better understand the homeless and their health issues.

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Joel Aguilar has never been a gang member, but has three bullets in him nonetheless. The east Salinas teenager is largely paralyzed: He can move his neck, raise both his arms a few inches and move one wrist — the physical toll of a "gang-related" shooting that nearly killed him two years ago. Kimber Solana examines the psychological impact of gang violence on both victims and the community.

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Mental health professionals say that journalists need to get informed and be open to talking about how their work affects their mental health. This week at Career GPS, we get that conversation going.

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J&J Woes: After recalls more than 100 million bottles of Tylenol and other popular medicines made by Johnson & Johnson, the feds inspect another J &J plant that makes over-the-counter heartburn meds, the Washington Post reports.

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Emergency room doctor Ted Corbin was tired of stitching up the same gang members over and over, only to send them back out to Philadelphia’s most violent streets. So he did something novel: he started talking to them. He challenged his own assumptions. And he helped to start Healing Hurt People, a program that links young people treated in the ER for intentional injuries to social workers and mental health professionals.

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“Racism in medicine is a national emergency.” That’s how journalist Nicholas St. Fleur characterized the crisis facing American health care this spring, as his team at STAT embarked on “Color Code,” an eight-episode series exploring medical mistrust in communities of color across the country. In this webinar, we’ll take inspiration from their work to discuss strategies and examples for telling stories about inequities, disparities and racism in health care systems. Sign-up here!

The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors to serve as thought leaders in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process. Learn more about the positions and apply to join our team. 

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