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E-treatment: New online therapy methods hold promise
  E-treatment: New online therapy methods hold promise

There’s a real stigma around mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says mental illness affects 1 in 4 American adults each year, but most people with treatable mental disorders do not seek treatment. In fact, over half of the children aged 8 to 15 with a mental illness never receive treatment. Some […]

How to prepare for grief
  How to prepare for grief

Nothing is more traumatic than sudden loss. Anyone who’s ever experienced a late-night phone call from a hospital or police station understands how quickly grief can enter life. Losses aren’t always sudden; sometimes, life forces people to prepare for grief in advance. Having a relative diagnosed with late-stage cancer is the sort of situation that makes […]

It’s easier to get opioids than get help for an opioid addiction
  It’s easier to get opioids than get help for an opioid addiction

In the year 2012, physicians wrote out over 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain killers. This staggering number is enough to provide one prescription to every adult in the country. At the same time that doctors are prescribing more and more opioids, opioid addiction and misuse has reached epidemic proportions. Deaths due to opioid overdose […]

Mental health problems on the rise for military children
  Mental health problems on the rise for military children

According to a new study that was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting this May, mental health diagnoses (and treatments) are growing for children with parents in the military. The study The study was led by Elizabeth Hisle-Gorman, MSW, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University’s F. Edward Hebert […]

Teen problems with marijuana have decreased since legalization
  Teen problems with marijuana have decreased since legalization
Posted inAdvocacy, Legal, Marijuana

The legalities, health benefits and behavioral and mental implications related to marijuana have attracted political attention from many different communities. In an important election year, marijuana has been a hot topic for debate and is still controversial. With a strict federal ban but very lenient regulations on the statewide level, the legalities of this natural […]

Multiple personality disorder may be rooted in traumatic experiences
  Multiple personality disorder may be rooted in traumatic experiences
Posted inMental Health, Trauma

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly referred to a multiple personality disorder, is a rare and controversial disorder that is characterized by identity fragmentation rather than the growth of two different personalities. The name of this disorder was changed in 1994 to address its accurate definition and is recognized by the DSM-5 as a mental health […]

How gut bacteria can enhance brain health
  How gut bacteria can enhance brain health

“You are what you eat.” This well-known phrase addresses the tie between what people consume and their physical health. But what about how it affects someone’s mental health? A recent research study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has found that certain types of gut bacteria can be used to enhance […]

Chewable ADHD medication triggers controversy
  Chewable ADHD medication triggers controversy

The Federal Drug Administration approval for a chewable amphetamine – in what The Fix calls “a tasty, convenient package” – for ADHD children six and older is “a recipe for people to request it and then sell it,” warns Mukund Gnanadesikan, a youth psychiatrist in California. “I’m not a big fan of controlled substances that […]

Cocktail how-to videos can be a recipe for alcohol abuse
  Cocktail how-to videos can be a recipe for alcohol abuse

Most of us have had it happen – where we weren’t even thinking about trying something until we saw a do-it-yourself video or photo slide share – then we’re suddenly consumed with the urge to experiment. This can be as innocuous as a yummy dinner recipe replicated or a funny story of a “Pinterest Fail.” […]

Searching for the biological cause of social withdrawal
  Searching for the biological cause of social withdrawal

The Psychiatric Ratings using Intermediate Stratified Markers (PRISM) project is a €16.5 million public and private European consortium that will use advanced technology to unearth the causes of social withdrawal. PRISM isn’t looking for an antidote to shyness. Acute social withdrawal is often a harbinger of schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and depression. This article examines how PRISM […]

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