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San Diego County jails make changes to treat mentally ill inmates, curb suicides

By drwong
May 8, 2017

Dana Littlefield San Diego Union-Tribune April 29, 2017   About a year ago, Michelle Moriarty noticed that her husband was acting strangely. It was right after the San Diego County couple’s anniversary — their 18th — when her husband Heron seemed to change suddenly. His behavior seemed frantic, he wasn’t sleeping and he was talking...   read more


American Psychiatric Association Calls for Senate to ‘Do Right Thing for Patients’ in Wake of AHCA House Passage

By drwong
May 7, 2017

In response to the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213 in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, APA joined five other major medical organizations in releasing a statement urging the Senate to “put aside” the AHCA and instead work with them to “achieve real bipartisan...   read more


American Psychiatric Association Tells Congress That AHCA Replacement Bill Still Falls Far Short

By drwong
April 30, 2017

April 27, 2017 APA and five other major medical organizations are urging Congressional leaders to reject the latest Republican effort to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), saying the newly amended replacement bill for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) “would dramatically increase costs for older individuals, result in millions of people losing their health...   read more


New changes don't fix AHCA shortcomings, threaten key protections

By drwong
April 30, 2017

Apr 27, 2017 Kevin B. O'Reilly Editor American Medical Association Wire The most recent effort to broaden support for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which comes in the form of an amendment proposed by New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur, does not address the most serious flaws in the bill and would also undermine critical...   read more


American Psychiatric Association Joins Medical-Scientific Community in Support of March for Science

By drwong
April 23, 2017

APA has joined 24 other medical and scientific organizations in a statement of support for the March for Science taking place Saturday, April 22, in Washington, D.C., and in other cities around the country. APA and the other groups said support of scientific education and research is vital. “As the world's leading organizations representing clinicians,...   read more


One Family's Story of Mental Illness and What Came After

By drwong
April 23, 2017

Book Review | Nonfiction By RON SUSKIND APRIL 4, 2017 New York Times NO ONE CARES ABOUT CRAZY PEOPLE The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America By Ron Powers 360 pp. Hachette Books. $28. In the opening chapter of his extraordinary and courageous book, the author and critic Ron Powers writes about a...   read more


'Sesame Street' to introduce Julia, a muppet with autism, in April

By drwong
April 2, 2017

By Yvonne Villarreal March 19, 2017 Los Angeles Times   She’s the wide-eyed little Muppet with a big smile who has made it to “Sesame Street.” Her name is Julia and she has autism. Julia was first introduced in 2015, playing alongside Elmo and Abby Cadabby, as part of an online-only Digital Storybook story called...   read more


Patient Voices: Bipolar Disorder

By drwong
April 2, 2017

By KAREN BARROW New York Times   Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition affecting around 60 million people worldwide that causes unusual and sudden shifts in mood and energy. What is it like to have bipolar disorder? How do you balance the mental ups and downs of this disease? Here, in their own words,...   read more


House Passes Bill To Help Vets With Mental Illness Buy Guns

By drwong
April 2, 2017

Objections that 20 veterans a day kill themselves, mostly with guns, did not stop the measure. By Michael McAuliff Huffington Post   WASHINGTON ― The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to allow thousands of veterans who are disabled or have mental health conditions to buy guns. Under a law signed by President George...   read more


Physicians reject House ACA replacement bill

By drwong
March 11, 2017

March 8, 2017 Andrew W. Gurman, MD President American Medical Association   The American Health Care Act (AHCA), released by Congress this week, is intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But as introduced, it does not align with the health reform objectives that the AMA set forth in January to protect...   read more