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No, PTSD is NOT a chronic condition (at least it doesn't have to be)

By editor
October 5, 2015

by Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP The recent NYTimes piece about a unit of Marines who have struggled with combat-related PTSD and suicide has reignited public conversation about military and veterans mental health, suicide prevention, and mental health treatment. During the course of these discussions, many myths and misconceptions about PTSD and its treatment have arisen. Because...   read more


What We've Learned About Kids And Sleep In 2015

By editor
October 4, 2015

The Huffington Post Posted: 09/09/2015 12:00 am EDT Updated: 09/09/2015 12:00 am EDT http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/09/08/sleep-kids-tips_n_7485616.html Kids’ sleep is truly precious. For parents, hardly anything beats the sight of their little one wrapped in a blanket, curls strewn over the pillow, breathing softly and looking happy and serene. But what if your child is tossing and turning, snoring or moaning...   read more


Mental Illness is the wrong scapegoat after mass shootings

By editor
October 4, 2015

by Amy Wolf | Dec. 11, 2014, 10:57 AM Watch the YouTube clip featuring Dr. Metzl In the shadow of the two-year anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in American history, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an extensive new study by two Vanderbilt University researchers challenges common assumptions about gun violence and mental illness that often emerge...   read more


Steve Lopez, LA Times: Steinberg Homeless Housing Initiative

By editor
October 1, 2015

Columnist Steve Lopez often actively works in concert with Darrell Steinberg.  . . this is an example of his continuing the coverage started by Mr Steinberg’s Op-ed this last Sunday in the Sacramento Bee. In that Op-ed he outlined a three part mental health initiative for 2016 which includes homeless housing. The CPA will be...   read more


TIME TO ADJUST CALIFORNIA'S MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT

By editor
September 29, 2015

BY DARRELL STEINBERG Special to The Bee Imagine enough resources to provide permanent supportive housing for the thousands of homeless mentally ill and to provide robust mental health services for college students on all our public college campuses without raising a dime of additional state or local dollars. The vision described is possible with modest...   read more


FOSTER CHILDREN WITH UNTREATED HEALTH ISSUES FACE BARRIERS TO CARE

By editor
September 29, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Children with untreated physical and mental health issues living in foster care face several barriers to care, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics report by researchers from California and other states, NPR's "Shots" reports (Neighmond, "Shots," NPR, 9/28). The report -- which was published in the journal Pediatrics -- supports a policy statement...   read more


PSYCHIATRISTS GROUP WARNS DOJ INSURANCE MERGERS COULD HURT CARE

By editor
September 27, 2015

NEW YORK US | Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:43pm EDT   The American Psychiatric Association warned U.S. antitrust regulators this month that two proposed health insurance deals could worsen access to mental health care services, adding to public opposition from several prominent doctor groups. Anthem Inc would become the largest U.S. health insurer through a proposed...   read more


‘Dear Parent, Your Child Has Had a Psychotic Break’

By editor
September 23, 2015

By Marcia Morris September 22, 2015 3:30 am September 22, 2015 3:30 am   I sit in my small office at the university counseling center, sighing as I pick up the phone to make the call that I always dread. I have worked as a psychiatrist with college students for 20 years, and this part...   read more


LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS LINKED TO FASTER MEMORY LOSS IN OLDER ADULTS

By editor
September 16, 2015

BY WILL BOGGS MD (Reuters Health) - Older adults with low vitamin D levels – and that accounts for most of them – may lose their memories and thinking abilities faster than those with normal vitamin D levels, researchers say.   “We were not particularly surprised by our findings because there is a recent and...   read more


California Assembly to vote on diminished bill package to curb psychotropic drug use on foster children

By editor
September 9, 2015

By Karen de Sá kdesa@mercurynews.com POSTED:   09/06/2015 04:54:40 PM PDT With less than a week left before the end of the legislative session, intensive lobbying by physicians groups and cost concerns have undermined progress on the centerpiece of a bill package designed to end the excessive use of psychotropic drugs on California's foster youth. The...   read more