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Watch Desiree Shapiro, MD's interview on KPBS on Children and Anxiety

By editor
December 14, 2015

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/oct/06/how-anxiety-affects-children/ Stress about grades, worry about fitting in, and nervousness about new situations — feeling a little anxious can be a normal part of childhood. But when anxiety becomes too much, it can have a big impact on a child's day to day life, experts said. The Anxiety and Depressions Association of America says anxiety...   read more


Am I Safe? Psychiatrist's Tips For Talking To Kids About The Paris Attacks

By editor
November 17, 2015

Advice columnist Steve Almond has a typically provocative piece on WBUR’s Cognoscenti today:Why I’m Not Talking To My Kids About The Paris Attacks. He and his wife decided, he writes, that “we have absolutely no interest in exposing our kids to the sort of panic-stricken coverage whose central aim is the profitable stoking of anxiety.”...   read more


Kids Who Lose a Parent More Likely to Commit Suicide

By editor
November 12, 2015

by Belinda Luscombe @luscombeland Nov. 11, 2015 New study looked at 40 years of data In what would definitely win the prize for Saddest Health Discovery of the Week, a newstudy has found that kids whose parents die while they are young are more likely to commit suicide later in life than kids whose parents survive...   read more


White House Seeks to Ease Veterans’ Access to Care

By editor
November 11, 2015

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS NOV. 11, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday will call on Congress to enact measures to help military veterans gain easier access to health care, disability and educational benefits, part of a push to spotlight its efforts to improve the way the government treats veterans after ascandal at the Department...   read more


WHY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IS JUST AS DEADLY NOW AS IT WAS 35 YEARS AGO

By editor
November 10, 2015

The scariest part: It doesn't have to be this way. Travis WaldronSports Reporter, The Huffington Post Erick FernandezEditorial Fellow, HuffPost Sports Posted: 10/23/2015 10:19 AM EDT | Edited: 10/26/2015 10:56 AM EDT ANDREW THEODORAKIS VIA GETTY IMAGESIsrael Squires (5) rushes in a 2014 game for Shoreham Wading River High School in New York the week after his teammate...   read more


MILESTONE REACHED AS SUBCOMMITTEE PASSES COMPREHENSIVE MH REFORM BILL

By editor
November 8, 2015

A House subcommittee yesterday passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (HR 2646), a major step on the road to comprehensive mental health reform. “We are very pleased by Wednesday night’s passage of HR 2646 by the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee,” said APA President Renée Binder, M.D., in a statement. “This bill goes...   read more


What Happens If You Try To Prevent Every Single Suicide?

By editor
November 8, 2015

by Joanne Silberner Each year, nearly three times as many Americans die from suicide as from homicide. More Americans kill themselves than die from breast cancer. As Dr.Thomas Insel, longtime head of the National Institute of Mental Health, prepared to step down from his job in October, he cited the lack of progress in reducing the...   read more


California fines top health insurers for overstating Obamacare networks

By editor
November 4, 2015

from http://www.latimes.com/business/healthcare/la-fi-obamacare-network-probe-20151103-story.html California regulators fined two insurance giants for overstating their Obamacare doctor networks and said the companies will pay millions of dollars in refunds to patients who paid too much for care. The state’s Department of Managed Health Care levied fines of $350,000 against Blue Shield of California and $250,000 for Anthem Blue Cross. At...   read more


Steinberg Homeless Housing Initiative

By editor
November 1, 2015

  Steve Lopez, LA Times September 30, 2015   One man was curled up at the entrance to a restaurant, asleep, passed out or dead. It wasn't immediately clear. Three other people — two men and a woman — were in just as sad a state near 3rd and Fairfax. One, named John, sat on...   read more


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

By editor
November 1, 2015

by Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP The recent NYTimes piece (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/us/marine-battalion-veterans-scarred-by-suicides-turn-to-one-another-for-help.html?_r=0 )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...   read more