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National Suicide Prevention Week

By editor
September 5, 2016

Today marks the start of National Suicide Prevention Week.  Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and the second leading cause among 15- to 34-year-olds. Although not all suicides are preventable, treatment and support can save lives. For more information, go to www.afsp.org and http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml If you know someone in...   read more


Marijuana: A potent disruptor for young users, whose brains are still developing

By editor
September 5, 2016

Four years ago, Devan Fuentes, 23, was hospitalized with psychotic symptoms after months of heavy marijuana use. He believes pot exacerbated an underlying disorder; mental health experts caution that daily frequent pot use is not healthful for developing brains. (Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times)   Robin Abcarian Los Angeles Times September 2, 2016  ...   read more


Passage of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 2646)

By editor
July 18, 2016

On July 6th, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646).  The American Psychiatric Association along with other organizations, worked with the House to ensure this bill would pass through the House advocating for improved mental health services for our country. The bill calls for restructuring of...   read more


Senate Passes Addiction Treatment Legislation

By editor
July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016 Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed, by a vote of 92 to 2, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a significant first step in addressing the nation’s opioid crisis. The Senate’s action on a conference committee report follows that of the House, which voted to adopt the report last week (407 to...   read more


American Psychiatric President Responds to Aftermath of Tragic Shootings

By editor
July 10, 2016

The nation is in terrible turmoil following the fatal police shootings in Baton Rouge, La., and St. Paul, Minn., and last week’s deadly attack on police officers in Dallas. I share the intense feelings our patients and our members are experiencing right now. We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims of violence....   read more


Research Traces Link Between Combat Blasts and PTSD

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July 10, 2016

By ALAN SCHWARZ New York Times JUNE 9, 2016   They are among war’s invisible wounds: the emotional and cognitive problems that many troops experience years after combat explosions sent huge shock waves through their brains. Whereas the link between concussions and post-traumatic stress disorder has become clearer in recent years, a specific connection between...   read more


San Diego County unveils new plan to provide shelter for mentally ill homeless

By editor
July 10, 2016

by Joshua Stewart June 25, 2016   San Diego County is moving forward with a new program that will provide long-term housing and care to as many as 1,250 mentally ill homeless people in the next two years. “These are the people who have basically lost the struggle with behavioral health issues and are about as...   read more


Mentally ill inmates are swamping the state's prisons and jails. Here's one man's story.

By editor
July 10, 2016

by Abby Sewell Los Angeles Times June 19, 2016   Reginald Murray sat next to his mother for the first time in more than a year, under the alternately bored and watchful eyes of the guards in the visitors’ room at Atascadero State Hospital. He teased his mother about her weight; she teased her son about...   read more


What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological?

By editor
June 19, 2016

A new study supports what a small group of military researchers has suspected for decades: that modern warfare destroys the brain. By ROBERT F. WORTH New York Times JUNE 10, 2016   In early 2012, a neuropathologist named Daniel Perl was examining a slide of human brain tissue when he saw something odd and unfamiliar...   read more


Legalizing marijuana is a hazy question once you've seen addiction up close

By editor
June 19, 2016

By Kerry Madden LA Times June 5, 2016   “I’ve spilt more than you’ve smoked,” my brother-in-law, let’s call him Marty, bragged to my husband in the throes of his addiction. A measure to legalize recreational marijuana is heading toward the California ballot in November. Marty would have been thrilled — but then, he didn’t...   read more