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Real-World, Multifaceted Treatment for First-Episode Psychosis Improves Multiple Patient Outcomes

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October 20, 2015

Arlington, Va., Oct. 20, 2015 – A new treatment program for young patients in their first episode of psychosis called NAVIGATE has reported significant advantages in symptom ratings, participation in school or work and quality of life. The effects are especially pronounced for patients whose illness had lasted less than 74 weeks prior to first treatment....   read more


BRAIN INFLAMMATION MAY BE LINKED TO SCHIZOPHRENIA

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October 19, 2015

Share on printShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailMore Sharing Services5 Findings raise possibility of testing, early treatment, researchers say FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've found a link between brain inflammation and schizophrenia. British investigators used PET scans to assess immune cell activity in the brains of 56 people. Some...   read more


YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM SHOWS PROMISE

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October 16, 2015

As many as 79,000 attempts may have been averted, researchers estimate By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Wide-ranging suicide prevention funding appears to have successfully prevented suicide attempts among young people in certain areas of the United States, a new study suggests. The study authors said that the suicide prevention...   read more


Gun Deaths Are Mostly Suicides

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October 10, 2015

October 8th By Margot Sanger-Katz When Americans think about deaths from guns, we tend to focus on homicides. But the problem of gun suicide is inescapable: More than 60 percent of people in this country who die from guns die by suicide. Suicide gets a lot less attention than murders for a few reasons. One...   read more


AB 1194 signed into law

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October 8, 2015

The Governor just signed CPA sponsored AB 1194 (Eggman), which clarifies that danger in the 5150 statute is not restricted to only imminent danger, and that psychiatric history and the input of families MUST be taken into account. This will become the law in California on January 1, 2016. AB 1194 really amounts to a change...   read more


Children in crisis wait for days in local ERs for transfer to mental health facilities

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October 6, 2015

Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/living/health-fitness/article37753587.html#storylink=cpy By Ken Carlson kcarlson@modbee.com When Jessica’s 7-year-old son went into an uncontrolled rage in February, punching his mother and trying to break the windows in their home, he was taken to the emergency department at Modesto’s Doctors Medical Center for an evaluation. Rather than getting prompt treatment for his mood disorder, the...   read more


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

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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

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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

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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

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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