When Congress returns from its holiday vacation in 2014, following an historic unproductive session, waiting for them should be a thunderous voice demanding results, not excuses, from the 23.2 million strong American veteran population.
Mental health parity will amount to significant savings in overall health care costs. Earlier intervention in mental health care will save taxpayers billions of dollars and could save the lives of an untold number of young people -- including many among our returning military forces.
As anyone who is tormented would say, PTSD is anything but benign. It is essential that the public understand the need for those affected to have access to treatment. Anything less is re-victimizing those who have already experienced detrimental pain.
October 10 commemorates World Mental Health Day and is observed, in part, to raise public awareness about mental health issues. One matter that deserves critical attention is better integrating mental health care in global humanitarian responses.
It is much easier to avert our eyes from the smaller daily tragedies of mentally ill individuals and their loved ones struggling to make their way in an inhospitable world with little or no help. But that help does exist. As a society, we must decide whether we will prioritize making it available.
Lost in the noise and partisan debates, a rare cause for optimism has gone nearly unnoticed and should be universally embraced. Revolutionary therapies aimed at prevention and recovery for the 'big three' mental illnesses are being actively pursued today.
The increased use of psychotherapy in low-income countries has been based on evidence for its effectiveness for depression, the most prevalent of the mental conditions and one that produces great emotional and economic burden.
One of the hardest parts about divorce is picking up the pieces after it's all over. Even the friendliest divorce (like mine) leaves you with all sorts of lingering issues related to relationships, love and commitment.
Parents, welcome to the world of Vidiot Syndrome. Due to high exposure rates, Vidiot Syndrome rates are increasing, and it's highly contagious amongst those in certain age brackets and as likely to hit your teen as the common cold.
When a health plan, especially with its own delivery system, as Kaiser has, carries the responsibility for a population of people, working or poor, young or old, healthy or sick, they can't pick and choose.
Too often, a small issue is diagnosed and becomes greater by virtue of being labeled. Once you have been labeled, there is an overwhelming desire to fix that problem. This approach automatically forces you into negative thinking.
It was three weeks or more before I called. Each day I would wake up and think, "It's too late to call -- they're probably booked already -- I'll call tomorrow." During finals week I finally got an appointment for the first counseling session.
Frankly, every new version of the manual (beginning with the first edition) has had its critics. It's always been viewed by some as "cookbook psychiatry" while others have found it immensely helpful in sorting through the myriad signs and symptoms of mental and emotional disorders.
It is certainly good to see that the conversation about access to mental health services and removing the stigma of mental illness have moved out of the shadows and are now at the forefront of discussions within the White House and across the nation.
As individuals and community members, we all have an important role in helping our veterans to feel more connected to their communities, their families, their work and play, in ways that bring some sense of worth and meaning to their lives.
Everyone wants a piece of the future when it comes to health care. If only we could all peer ahead and find the golden key to better outcomes, cost cutting, and patient-focused care. What is this "golden key"? The power of a patient's spirituality and belief in God.
The truth is that from the college campus to the workplace, we are all members of a national and increasingly global community. We must all learn the signs of depression and other mental disorders and reach out to someone in trouble.
PE, CPT and similar treatment programs are relatively short-term, and have proven effective in a variety of settings. And studies suggest that providing these treatments for PTSD result in reduced health-care costs. So why aren't they being commonly delivered to the people who need them?