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How to Spot Depression in Young Children

By drwong
April 14, 2021

The New York Times By Perri Klass, M.D. April 1, 2021 We tend to think of childhood as a time of innocence and joy, but as many as 2 to 3 percent of children from ages 6 to 12 can have serious depression. When parents bring their children in for medical care these days, there...   read more


How Meghan Markle Has Already Changed the Way We Talk About Suicide

By drwong
April 14, 2021

The New York Times By Stacey Freedenthal March 9, 2021 Meghan’s decision to speak openly about her suicidal thoughts challenges a culture of secrecy that has stopped many people from seeking or offering help. To many people, suicide is unspeakable. Even mental health professionals sometimes do verbal gymnastics to avoid saying the word. That’s why Meghan Markle’s decision...   read more


APA Condemns Violence Against Asian Americans in Georgia

By drwong
April 14, 2021

American Psychiatric Association Mar 18, 2021 In response to the shooting of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at spas in Georgia on Tuesday, APA issued a statement condemning the act and expressing support for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. “This year has seen a significant increase in racism and xenophobia against Asian Americans,...   read more


These women saw themselves in Meghan’s mental health struggles: It ‘really hit because I’ve been there’

By drwong
April 14, 2021

The Lily By Anne Branigin Mar. 8, 2021 Supporters of the Duchess of Sussex say her candidness could ‘save lives’ It was a moment that caught even the most avid watchers of the royal family off-guard. “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, told Oprah Winfrey in a blockbuster interview...   read more


APA Hails Passage of COVID Relief Bill Including Funds for Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

By drwong
April 14, 2021

American Psychiatric Association Wed Mar 10, 2021 APA leaders praised the inclusion of several provisions related to mental health in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (HR 1319)—the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, which the House of Representatives passed today by a vote of 220-211. The legislation, which is expected to be signed into law by...   read more


Sexual Assault Against Boys Is a Crisis

By drwong
March 14, 2021

The Washington Post Magazine By Emma Brown FEBRUARY 22, 2021 It’s far more common that we think. Here’s why we don’t talk about it. Raising a boy sometimes feels like traveling in a foreign land. When I gave birth to my daughter, three years before my son was born, I had no idea how to...   read more


Navigating My Son’s A.D.H.D. Made Me Realize I Had It, Too

By drwong
March 14, 2021

The New York Times By Heidi Borst Feb. 25,2021 Experts say some symptoms, especially in women, are mistaken for other conditions such as mood disorders or depression. I heard my 7-year-old son’s cries of frustration loud and clear despite the closed door between us. Seconds earlier, I’d left him stationed at a desk in my...   read more


How to Help When Adolescents Have Suicidal Thoughts

By drwong
March 14, 2021

The New York Times By Perri Klass, M.D. Feb. 6, 2021 Even when rates of suicidal ideation increase, there are ways to keep kids safe. With some evidence suggesting that more adolescents have been reporting suicidal thoughts during the pandemic, experts and parents are looking for ways to help. One issue is that the Centers...   read more


APA Condemns Pepper-Spraying, Handcuffing of 9-Year-Old Girl by Rochester Police

By drwong
February 3, 2021

American Psychiatric Association Feb. 3, 2021 APA today denounced the treatment by Rochester, N.Y., police officers of a 9-year-old girl who was pepper-sprayed, pushed into the snow, and handcuffed when they responded to a family disturbance. The girl is believed to have been experiencing a mental health crisis at the time. In a body-cam video released Sunday...   read more


‘I was just bawling in my PPE’: Surge fades, but anguish remains for healthcare workers

By drwong
February 3, 2021

Los Angeles Times By Soumya Karlamangla Feb. 3, 2021 Dr. Christine Choi balances the iPad in her hands and scans the callers on the screen. It is a family gathering, pandemic-style: People in the foreground have video-called others, who have video-called a few more. A collage of faces peer back at her. She asks them...   read more