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In Reaching Budget Deal, Congress Turns its Back on Those Who Have Served

Christina Brown | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Christina Brown

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.

Obamacare Will Improve Mental Health Care For Hispanics

VOXXI | Hope Gillette | Posted 11.20.2013 | Latino Voices

While there has been much debate regarding the costs associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as Obamacare, few can debate the ...

First Step Toward Mental Health

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.

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.

The Meds for PTSD Are No Match for the Effect in My Mind

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Victor M. Feraru

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.

World Mental Health Day

Curt Goering | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

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.

Mental Health Solutions Need Coverage, Too

Kenneth J. Dudek | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Kenneth J. Dudek

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.

Revolution in Brain Science Offers Optimism Following Latest Mass Shooting

Chantel Garrett | Posted 11.30.2013 | Science
Chantel Garrett

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.

Psychotherapy: Increasing in Poor Countries, Decreasing in the United States

Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D.

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.

Three Steps to Better Mental Health

Jennifer Nagy | Posted 11.25.2013 | Divorce
Jennifer Nagy

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.

Here's How Grandparents And Grandkids REALLY Impact Each Other

LiveScience | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 08.12.2013 | Fifty

Grandparents and their grown up grandchildren play important roles in each other’s health, a new study finds. The two-decade study found the quality...

Vidiot Syndrome -- Is Your Teen Infected?

Todd Kestin | Posted 09.23.2013 | Comedy
Todd Kestin

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.

The Cost of Not Caring for People With Serious Mental Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

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.

9 P.M. on a Saturday Is When I Received the Call

Todd Kestin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Todd Kestin

Jimmy talks about the pressures to drink and smoke pot to be part of a specific group. Though he would do it, he would often wonder why he would hang out people that he does not feel comfortable with.

My 'Sad Day' Turned Into a Clinical Diagnosis for Depression: The Problem With a Problem-Centric Approach to Mental Health

Todd Kestin | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Todd Kestin

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.

Making a Difference by Making Mental Health and Geriatrics Care a National Priority

Robyn Stone | Posted 08.25.2013 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

Aging Americans who have mental health needs are indeed an invisible group -- and they can use all the help we can give them.

My 12 Best Tips on Psychiatric Diagnosis

Allen Frances | Posted 08.17.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

We already had a crisis in psychiatric diagnosis before DSM-5. It is a sure sign of excess that 25 percent of us qualify for a mental disorder and that 20 percent are on psychiatric medication.

What Mental Health Looks Like for an Uninsured

Jeremy Johnson | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeremy Johnson

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.

New Psychiatric Disorders and Their Social Side Effects

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

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.

Culturally Sensitive Providers Will Help Bring Mental Illness Out of Shadows

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

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.

What's New From the White House Conference on Mental Health

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

On Monday, President Obama opened the second White House Conference on Mental Health with a meaningful plea to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and bring these issues out of the shadows.

Building and Strengthening Connectedness to Prevent Suicide Among Veterans

Kimberly Williams | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Kimberly Williams

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.

Spirituality Is A Key Element Of Mental Health

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

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 Healthy Debate About Mental Health

Jordan Smoller | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jordan Smoller

The most contentious debates circling the DSM-5 process are all tied to the fundamental question of how we define the boundaries of disorder and the lines between normal and abnormal.

Ending the Silence on Mental Illness

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

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.

Trauma Survivors Deserve Therapy That Actually Works

Alan G. Kraut | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Alan G. Kraut

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?