July, 2015

Aiming to increase treatment for mentally ill, Kern County adopts 'Laura's Law'

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July 29, 2015

By Kyle Harvey, Eyewitness News Jul 28, 2015 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – The Board of Supervisors Tuesday made Kern the ninth county in California to adopt Laura’s Law, a bill aimed at increasing mental health care for potentially high-risk patients who refuse treatment. Laura’s Law, authored by Assemblywoman Helen Thomson (D-Davis), passed the state legislature...   read more


Hear SDPS Past President Steven Ornish, MD on KPBS discussing the Colorado theater shooting trial

By editor
July 15, 2015

Click here for the full interview: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/jul/15/jurors-start-deliberating-colorado-theater-shootin/


APA RESPONDS TO INACCURACY IN TIMES EDITORIAL ON PSYCHOLOGY, TORTURE

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July 13, 2015

  APA acted to correct a significant inaccuracy in an editorial in yesterday’s New York Timesabout the American Psychological Association and its policies regarding the involvement of psychologists in the use of torture in the war on terror. The Times corrected the error. The editorial, titled “Psychologists Who Greenlighted Torture (July 10),” followed an article by Times reporter...   read more


Bullying does more long-term mental health harm than abuse, study says

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July 2, 2015

The long-term effects of being bullied by other kids are worse than being abused by an adult, new research shows. Among a large group of children in England, those who were bullied were 60% more likely to have mental health problems as adults than were those who suffered physical, emotional or sexual abuse. And among...   read more


Coordinated Specialty Care Early Intervention Services for Schizophrenia Show Great Promise in Improving Outcomes

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July 1, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., July 1, 2015 — Several new specialty care programs are improving the mental health of people with schizophrenia  through comprehensive and aggressive treatment in the earliest stages of illness. These efforts are described in a special section in the July issue of Psychiatric Services. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness affecting roughly 1 percent...   read more