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Teachers, Police, Other Public Workers Left Out of Mental Health Coverage

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September 7, 2021

The New York Times By Reed Abelson Aug. 31, 2021 Health plans for state and local workers can opt out of the federal law requiring them to treat mental health like other medical conditions. One 16-year-old spent 28 days in treatment for substance abuse but was forced to leave once his parents’ insurance coverage ran...   read more


APA, Five Other Physicians Groups Condemn Texas Law Restricting Access to Abortion

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September 7, 2021

American Psychiatric Association Sept 3, 2021 Yesterday APA joined five other leading physician groups in opposing a Texas state law that took effect Wednesday banning abortions, medical counseling, and support related to abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. “Our organizations, which represent nearly 600,000 physicians and medical students, strongly oppose any laws and regulations that...   read more


Only 10 percent of kids with ADHD grow out of it as adults, research says

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August 31, 2021

The Washington Post By Katherine EllisonAugust 13, 2021 ADHD — the most common psychiatric disorder of childhood —  lasts longer for more people than has been widely assumed, according to new research. “Only 10 percent of people really appear to grow out of ADHD,” says the lead author, psychologist Margaret Sibley, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences...   read more


How Toxic Diet Culture Is Passed From Moms to Daughters

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August 15, 2021

TeenVogue By Deanna Schwartz August 2, 2021 When I was a kid, I thought my mom was the most beautiful woman in the world. She never seemed to think of herself the same way. My mom has been on a diet for almost her entire adult life. She started her first diet, she told me, when she...   read more


How to support someone going through a mentally tough time

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August 15, 2021

The Washington Post By Allyson Chiu July 27, 2021 Shortly after news broke that Simone Biles had unexpectedly withdrawn from the women’s gymnastics team final at the Olympics because, as she later put it to reporters, she felt she wasn’t in “the right head space” to continue competing, reactions to the stunning decision poured forth. While many...   read more


Should a Mental Health Emergency Derail a Dangerous Climb?

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July 25, 2021

The New York Times By Kelley Manley July 11, 2021 A mountain climber with bipolar disorder had an episode that thwarted his team’s plan to summit the world’s seventh-highest peak, prompting a debate about mental illness in adventure sports. Cory Richards was about to attempt an unclimbed route up the seventh-highest mountain in the world when...   read more


How to Manage Panic Attacks

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July 25, 2021

The New York Times By Julie Halpert April 12, 2020 The sudden, short-lived feeling of anxiety, shortness of breath and disabling fear can be confused with symptoms of coronavirus. Here’s what to do about it. Anna Daniels, a 27-year-old living in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was scheduled to start a new job as a nanny on...   read more


How to Support Adult Children Struggling With Mental Health

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July 25, 2021

The New York Times By Julie Halpert July 7, 2021 Expert advice on how to gently offer help and compassion. Katie Bradeen of Colorado Springs, Colo., began to worry about her 20-year-old son, Ryan, when he came home for Christmas break of 2020. She said he had a “gray demeanor” and “he seemed to be...   read more


House Passes Major Mental Health Legislation

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December 6, 2016

American Psychiatric Association December 1, 2016   The House of Representatives last night passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 392-26. This wide-ranging, $6 billion bipartisan health legislation includes significant mental health components and had the support of the Obama administration. The new act embeds medical leadership in the Substance Abuse and...   read more


Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: Addiction Is A Chronic Brain Disease, Not A Moral Failing

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November 27, 2016

  Erin Schumaker Nov. 17, 2016 Senior Healthy Living Editor, The Huffington Post In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry issued a landmark report on tobacco and health that changed the course of American history, spurring the decline of smoking in the United States. More than 50 years later, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy...   read more