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Kaiser Permanente Is Failing Its Mental Health Patients

Sal Rosselli | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

Without strict enforcement, Kaiser mental health patients will continue to endure illegal and unethical wait times for appointments; patients in need of ongoing one-on-one therapy will be forced to seek care outside Kaiser; and many patients in need of acute care will go untreated, sometimes with tragic consequences.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Story and Obamacare Coverage of Drug Addiction

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Addiction is everywhere, help is more available, and you have friends and/or family who care about you. Take the first steps today to know your risks and find solutions for a better tomorrow.

After Newtown, 'There's No Simple Fix' For 'Fragmented' System

The Hartford Courant | KATHLEEN MEGAN | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

HARTFORD -- Building on momentum generated by the Newtown shootings, advocates for mental health services hope to make strides next year on multiple f...

One Year After Newtown, Biden Makes Big Pledge

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is pledging more funding for mental health as the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shootin...

Jason Cherkis

Gus Deeds, Virginia Tech Shooter Had This In Common

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Years before Gus Deeds failed to get the psychiatric help he needed, stabbed his father, Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, and fatally s...

What Is Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatric Practice and Why Do We Need It?

Isabelle Amado, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Isabelle Amado, M.D., Ph.D.

It is time for psychiatric programs to include cognitive remediation as a standard part of the array of services needed for the comprehensive and quality treatment of persons with serious mental illnesses, especially schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders.

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.

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.

Mental Health Care Needs an 'Anytime, Anywhere' Model

Alan Kazdin, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Alan Kazdin, Ph.D.

Many routine but important medical services today are far more convenient to obtain than they were a generation ago. So how could these types of conveniences transfer to mental health services?

Mass Murder: Is There a Mental Health Issue?

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Is there anything that can be done by the field of mental health to reduce the rare incidence of murders by people with serious mental illness?

Mentally Ill Cycle Through Dysfunctional System

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2013 | Business

(Repeats story moved Dec 29 without changes to headline or text) * State mental health budgets slashed since 2009 * 11 ...

Newtown Shooting and Campaign Finance Reform

Susan Orlins | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics
Susan Orlins

One could say the gun control lobby needs more finances to become as powerful as the NRA, which is a bit like saying we should arm our teachers with assault weapons to fight intruders. But why aren't more people talking about campaign finance reform?

It's Elementary: Ample Guns + Paltry Mental Health Services = Tragedy

Mark W. Schleisner | Posted 02.18.2013 | Crime
Mark W. Schleisner

It's a recipe for never-ending tragedy. And I'm not just talking about tragedies like Newtown. What about all the times that people have killed others by gunfire in an act of road rage, family bickering, or a squabble with someone down the block?

David Wood

Youth Mental Health Services Often Neglected For Many Teens

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living

Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, is not known to have been professionally treated for mental illness. In that he was not alone. A...

'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?': Thoughts After the Newtown Massacre

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Mesmerized by the coverage of the Newtown massacre, I could not get this tune (from my younger days) out of my head. More carnage. Only this time, even younger children -- not even young men, but innocents who would never come of age.

Too Little Mental Health Care For Boomers (REPORT)

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 07.10.2012 | Fifty

WASHINGTON -- Getting older doesn't just mean a risk for physical ailments like heart disease and bum knees: A new report finds as many as 1 in 5 seni...

OC 87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Bud Clayman, the subject of a new movie about thriving with and despite mental illness, has given us a message of hope. But for those that look beyond Bud and his family, we are left with the inescapable task of making what was possible for him possible for everyone so afflicted.

Overcoming Stigma and Improving Mental Health in America

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

This May marks the 63rd anniversary of Mental Health Month, but the problem of mental illness requires greater attention as a major 21st-century public health challenge.

It's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week: Know the Signs, Make a Difference

Tamar Chansky | Posted 05.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

It's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week -- and with it, the opportunity for parents, teachers, coaches and troop leaders to make a difference in a child's life by keeping on the look out for signs that a child is struggling with a mental health issue.

New Yorkers, Like Everyone, More Prone To Suicide In Bad Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business

It's not just bank accounts that hurt.when the economy flags. For the past 20 years, suicide rates among New York City residents have risen and fal...

Dying With Your Rights On: Mental Illness, Civil Rights And Saving Lives

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I am a psychiatrist who has treated patients for over 35 years, but I still cannot bear to read or hear a story of a fatal outcome for a person with a serious mental illness who dies from neglect or some form of self-harm.

Sam Stein

Nearly 50 Percent Of Mental Health Services Recipients In Giffords' County Were Dropped In 2010

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the past year, Pima County, Ariz., where Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others were shot Saturday, has seen more than 45 p...

You Cannot Age Well Without Mental Health

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Nothing beats being active and involved, and some people with mental or substance use disorders are lucky enough to be able to recognize the need for changes in their lives and act accordingly.

Glenn Close's Mental Illness PSA Wins Silver Telly Award

Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The anti-stigma campaign featuring Glenn Close, her bipolar sister Jessie and schizophrenic nephew Calen recently won a Silver Telly Award, which hono...