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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

By editor
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


Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies

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June 25, 2015

By ADAM LIPTAK JUNE 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s health care law allows the government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance, a sweeping vindication that endorsed the larger purpose of Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement. The 6-to-3 ruling means that it is all...   read more


Early, Consistent Exposure to Psychiatry Attracts More Medical Students to the Field

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June 19, 2015

Early, Consistent Exposure to Psychiatry Attracts More Medical Students to the Field Mark Moran, 02 June 2015 by Mark Moran The concept of “no health without mental health” is codified into the entire medical school curriculum at Florida International University, where psychiatry is taught as integral to quality medical care in all clinical rotations. At...   read more


The Secret Sadness of Pregnancy With Depression

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June 7, 2015

Women often fear taking the antidepressants they rely on. But not treating their mental illness can be just as dangerous. By ANDREW SOLOMON MAY 28, 2015 At the beginning of spring in 2013, Mary Guest, a lively, accomplished 37-yearold woman, fell in love, became pregnant and married after a short courtship. At the time, Mary...   read more


California Medical Association Removes Opposition to Physician Aid in Dying Bill

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May 20, 2015

Now neutral on SB 128, CMA is nation’s first state medical org to change decades-long position on issue Sacramento –Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced that it has become the first state medical association in the nation to change its position on the long-debated issue of physician aid in dying. By removing decades-old organizational...   read more


PTSD FOUND TO ACCELERATE AGING PROCESS

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May 18, 2015

A new analysis has linked posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with accelerated aging, a biological process that can lead to a wide range of medical problems. These findings, reported in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, suggest that PTSD may not just be a mental illness, but a full systemic disorder. A research team led by former APA...   read more


LONG-TERM DEPRESSION, EVEN WHEN TREATED, MAY RAISE STROKE RISK FOR OLDER ADULTS

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May 14, 2015

(Reuters Health) - Chronic depression may more than double the risk of stroke for older adults, and the danger remains high even when mental health improves, a large U.S. study suggests. While previous research has linked depression to greater odds of having a stroke, the current study offers fresh evidence that mood-improving treatments like counseling...   read more


California Senate votes to expand powers of nurse practitioners

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May 13, 2015

May 7, 2015 Reporting from Sacramento Addressing a doctor shortage that is especially dire in rural parts of California, the state Senate voted Thursday to let nurse practitioners do much more for patients, including diagnosing and ordering treatment and prescribing drugs, without supervision by a physician. Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) said his bill will...   read more