Agenda Item: Caring for Immigrant Patients and Families in our Community Key points: San Diego County is currently home to 3.1 million residents with approximately 21.5% of the county's population being immigrants, including refugees, who come from other countries (1). The relationship between immigration and mental health has significant implications for both psychiatric symptomatology... read more
Los Angeles Times By From Staff and Wire Reports March 25, 2020 At first, Jonathon Seidl wasn’t worried about the coronavirus despite his anxiety disorder. But that changed. The 33-year-old digital media strategist from Dallas, who takes medication for his condition, said his concern was less about getting sick than about the battering the economy... read more
Alzheimer’s affects 5.8 million people 65 and older. In 2050, that number may be close to 14 million.
The Washington Post By Linda Searing March 16, 2020 Alzheimer’s disease, the most common dementia among older adults, now affects about 5.8 million U.S. residents 65 and older — 10 percent of that age group, according to a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association. Age is considered the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s, with 3 percent... read more
The New York Times By Austin Frakt and Aaron E. Carroll March 11, 2020 For a long time, medical researchers were unsure whether Alcoholics Anonymous worked better than other approaches to treating people with alcohol use disorder. In 2006, a review of the evidence concluded we didn’t have enough evidence to judge. That has changed. An updated... read more
Celebrities are talking more about their own mental health. It’s helping — even if it’s complicated.
The Washington Post By Bethonie Butler Feb. 20, 2020 Demi Lovato leaned into the microphone. “I tried to talk to my piano,” she sang softly, stopping as she broke into tears. It was her first performance since she suffered a drug overdose in 2018. The audience — gathered in Los Angeles’s Staples Center last month... read more
Pharmacists across the U.S. warn that the push to do more with less has made medication errors more likely. “I am a danger to the public,” one wrote to a regulator. For Alyssa Watrous, the medication mix-up meant a pounding headache, nausea and dizziness. In September, Ms. Watrous, a 17-year-old from Connecticut, was about to take another... read more
The New York Times By Julie Halpert Jan 30, 2020 I tried many of the supports available to help parents heal, like therapy, support groups, exercise and finding a way to honor our son’s memory. On Sept. 7, 2017, my 31st wedding anniversary, a date marked by happy memories turned tragic. That was when I... read more
The Washington Post By JoNel Aleccia Jan 18, 2020 When she worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, long before cellphone calculators, Susan Saran could perform complex math problems in her head. Years later, as one of its top regulators, she was in charge of investigating insider trading deals. Today, she... read more
The Washington Post Magazine A mother, a son, an unraveling mind — and a mental health system that can’t keep up By Abigail Jones January 13, 2020 Alissa Dumsch flips through her high school yearbook, pausing on a photo of a hulking young man with sandy hair and a chiseled... read more
Shooting victims have increased risk of mental harm long after physical injuries have healed, study finds
The Washington Post By William Wan November 20, 2019 Even when physical injuries are minor, gun victims face unemployment, substance abuse, PTSD and more Years after being shot, a large proportion of gun victims continue to suffer from increased unemployment, alcohol and drug abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study shows,... read more