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Crisis Intervention || Depression || Dissociative Disorders
Eating Disorders (U.S. and Int'l) || Erotomania || Self Injury
Substance Abuse (U.S.) || Substance Abuse (Int'l) || Traumatic Stress Disorders
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NYPD using data-driven tactics to tackle homeless crisis
" The NYPD is mining some of the data-driven tactics it used to bring down crime in the late 1990s and applying them to the homeless crisis, multiple sources tell the Daily News.
All precinct commanders are now required to inform higher-ups about homeless problems on their watch, including encampments, aggressive panhandling and crimes in homeless shelters, NYPD sources said. They are also expected to tabulate 311 calls about homelessness in their command."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, September 14, 2015.
Should mental–health patients wear identifying wristbands? British politician thinks so
"When asked how professionals could better help people with mental health problems, she suggested patients wear wristbands—specifically ones color-coded by condition—so officials could more easily identify them, the Independent reported."
Daily News, April 16, 2015.
Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts
"That first psychotic break can lead to a series of disasters: social isolation, hospitalization, medications with sometimes disabling side effects, and future psychotic episodes.
So, what if you could intervene earlier, before any of that? Could you stop the process from snowballing?"
npr.org, October 20, 2014.
Mentally ill NC inmate died of thirst after 35 days in solitary
"An autopsy released earlier this week says the 54–year–old inmate, who had schizophrenia, died of dehydration. The report also said he was receiving no treatment for the symptoms of his mental illness."
Associated Press, September 26, 2014.
Happiness an Attainable Goal in Schizophrenia
"The overall findings suggest that the scope of both research and clinical care for schizophrenia should be expanded beyond just managing psychotic and cognitive symptoms, write the investigators.
In addition, 'an important avenue for future clinical research' would be to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of psychotherapies that target positive coping factors such as resilience and optimism in individuals with schizophrenia, they note."
Medscape Psychiatry News, August 26, 2014.
Antipsychotics Linked to Acute Kidney Injury
"Patients prescribed an atypical antipsychotic had a significantly higher relative risk (RR) for hospitalization with AKI vs those without these types of prescriptions (RR, 1.73; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.55 - 1.92).
In subpopulation analysis that evaluated serum creatinine levels, an association between the medications and AKI hospitalization was still significant (RR, 1.70; 95% CI, 1.22 – 2.38).
'I was actually surprised that this evidence was so robust. We did the study to determine what the association could be, and we clearly saw it,' said Dr. Garg."
Ann Intern Med. 2014;161:242-248., August 19, 2014.
Psychiatrist Suspended for Antipsychotic Overprescribing
"The state's medical disciplinary board recommended the suspension of Dr. Reinstein's medical license in May of this year after determining that the Illinois psychiatrist had received 'illegal direct and indirect remuneration' from makers of clozapine.
The disciplinary board also accused Dr. Reinstein of not considering alternative treatments for his patients and of disregarding his patients' well–being. Clozapine has well–established side effects, including seizures.
As reported by ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune in 2009, Dr. Reinstein had prescribed more clozapine to patients in the Illinois Medicaid program in 2007 than all doctors in the Medicaid programs of Texas, Florida, and North Carolina combined."
Medscape Medical News, August 12, 2014.
California revises rules on use of force with mentally ill inmates
"(Reuters)—California on Friday announced court'ordered policy changes aimed at curbing the use of force against thousands of mentally ill inmates after video footage showed prisoners screaming as guards doused them in pepper spray.
The changes follow on from an April ruling by U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton in a long–running case brought by aggrieved prisoners."
Reuters Press, August 2, 2014.
Why Are Obstetricians Top Billers for Group Therapy in Illinois?
"Among the highest billers for group psychotherapy in Illinois were three OB-GYNs and a thoracic surgeon. The four combined for 37,864 sessions that year, more than the total for all providers in the state of California. They were reimbursed more than $730,000 by Medicare in 2012 just for psychotherapy sessions, according to an analysis of a separate Medicare data set released in April."
NPR, July 14, 2014.
U.S. Jails Struggle as Makeshift Asylums
"The Chicago jail and many of its 3,300 counterparts across the country have become treatment centers of last resort for people with serious mental illnesses, most arrested for non-violent crimes. And like other jails, it is awash in a tide of booking and releases that make it particularly unsuited for the task."
Associated Press, July 14, 2014.
Avatar therapy for persecutory auditory hallucinations: What is it and how does it work?
"One in four people who hear persecutory auditory hallucinations fails to respond to antipsychotic medication, with a severe impairment to their quality of life.
Two observations engendered the concept of avatar therapy. When people are asked about the worst aspect of hearing voices, their invariable response is helplessness. However, people who can establish a dialogue with their voices feel much more in control (Nayani & David, 1996). It was our intention to devise a method of facilitating a dialogue between the voice hearer and the entity they believe to be speaking to them."
Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2014
AP Impact: NYC Jails Neglect Suicide Precautions
"NEW YORK (AP)—In one case, a mentally ill New York City inmate hanged himself from a shower pipe on his third try in three days. During that stretch, orders to put him on 24–hour watch were apparently ignored, along with a screening form that said he was 'thinking about killing himself.'
Another inmate hanged himself with a bedsheet from an air vent in a solitary–confinement cell after repeatedly telling guards he was suicidal. The last time he said so, one of them replied, "If you have the balls, go ahead and do it."
In yet another case, an inmate hanged himself from a metal bed that he stood on end to create a scaffold, despite a year-old jailhouse directive to weld all beds to the floor. The directive was issued after another mentally ill man committed suicide in exactly the same way."
Associated Press, June 27, 2014.
Sexual Trauma Increases the Risk of Developing Psychosis in Ultra High Risk "Prodromal" Population
"Studies indicate a high prevalence of childhood trauma in patient cohorts with established psychotic disorder and in those at risk of developing psychosis. A causal link between childhood trauma and development of psychosis has been proposed. We aimed to examine the association between experience of childhood trauma and the development of a psychotic disorder in a large 'Ultra High Risk' (UHR) for psychosis cohort. The data were collected as part of a longitudinal cohort study of all UHR patients recruited to research studies at the Personal Assessment and Clinical Evaluation clinic between 1993 and 2006."
Schizophrenia Bulletin 40(3):697-706, June 27, 2014.
Mental Health Patients at Greater Risk of Becoming Homicide Victims
"'The increased risk may be related to the patient's social environment, their use of alcohol or drugs, or the people with whom they come into contact, including other patients with a history of violence,' Rodway said, adding that these factors should be taken into consideration in clinical care plans for mental–health patients."
Live Science, June 20, 2014.
BBC Jersey: Child Mental Health Patients 'kept in police cells'
"Young mental health patients have been kept in police cells because of a lack of adequate facilities in Jersey, a report says."
BBC News, June 16, 2014.
After Inmate's Scalding Death, New Questions Raised About Incarcerating the Mentally Ill
"More than half of America's inmates suffer from mental illness, but do they need to be locked up?"
Takepart.com, May 27, 2014.
New Antipsychotics no better than older, less expensive & associated with more side effects
"In the ACLAIMS study of adults with schizophrenia, treatment with the newer, more expensive antipsychotic paliperidone palmitate was no better at reducing relapses than treatment with the older less expensive antipsychotic haloperidol decanoate, and was associated with more side effects."
Reuters Health, May 22, 2014.
Cambodian youth confront 'historical forgetting'
"The survey, completed two years ago, shed light on the ricochet effect of trauma on refugee families—families 'caught in the process of historical forgetting,' in the words of Jonathan H.X. Lee, an assistant professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. Many of the girls' parents arrived in Long Beach in the early 1980s after fleeing the 'killing fields' of the Khmer Rouge regime, a genocide that resulted in an estimated 1.7 to 2 million deaths. Survivors of unimaginable horror, many have kept their stories untold, creating a generation of silence that has taken a profound toll on their children."
California Watch, March 28, 2014.
The Trick is Not Minding That it Hurts:
Childhood terror, psychosis, and self–definition
An article by Zak Mucha, MSW.
"I stumbled over questions as to why I liked my job; I understood it was not a 'normal' job and, even in the mental health field, was at the extreme end of the spectrum. As the supervisor of a social work program with 70 clients suffering from severe psychotic symptoms we were on–call 24/7. We had to keep people housed, on meds, and off the news. I had to convince severely psychotic people to hand over their knives, crack paraphernalia, and once even an extremely cheap samurai sword. ... I was proud when others admitted they would not want my job."
Spolia Magazine, January 2014
The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath
James Fallon, a genetic-determinist neuroscientist, finds evidence of psychopathic tendencies in his own PET scans. Goes on to examine the correlations between genetics, environment, and free will.
Smithsonian, November 22, 2013
Man left in solitary confinement in New Mexico jail for 22 MONTHS after horrific treatment awarded $15.5M
Daily News, March 07, 2013
Experts: School Shootings Will Continue if Mental Health Care Stays Same
CBS Baltimore, December 18, 2012
Childhood Trauma Linked to Schizophrenia
Science Daily, April 19, 2012
New Treatment for Child Abuse Reduces PTSD
New York Non-Profit Press, April 09, 2012
The Cumulative Burden Borne by Offspring Whose Mothers Were Sexually Abused as Children
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, March 01, 2009
FTC Confirms Lilly Settlement for Prozac Privacy Violation
Reuters Health, January 18, 2002
Psychotropic Drugs Overprescribed in West, According to UN Official
Reuters Health, June 24, 2002
Cutbacks in Youth Mental Health Care
Associated Press, June 18, 2002
Portraits of Trauma, Beyond 9/11
New York Times, May 20, 2002
County Settles Suit In Hanging
Mercury News, April 12, 2002
HealthScoutNews, April 12, 2002
Adequacy of Treatment for Serious Mental Illness in the United States
American Journal of Public Health, January 2002, article abstract
Are Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions Practiced by Clinicians in the Field?
Medscape Mental Health 7(1), 2002
Drugs and Sex: Educating Yourself About Treating Women
Psychopharmacology Update 13(3):1,4, 2002
Helping Children and Teens Living With Mentally Ill Parents
Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter 18(7):1, 3-4, 2002
Women and Psychopharmacology
Medscape Women's Health eJournal 7(1), 2002
Children Trapped by Gaps in Treatment of Mental Illness
New York Times, July 9, 2001
Investigation Details Allegations of Abuse
Des Moines Register, June 14, 2001
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
Report from the U.S. Surgeon General regarding mental health, 2001
Mentally Ill Children, and the Custody Crisis You Never Heard Of
The National Law Journal, May 01, 2000
What Parents Should Know About Treatment of Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in Preschool Children
A publication from the American Psychological Association, February 2000
Report of the Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health: A National Action Agenda
Report from the Surgeon General's Conference, 2000 [PDF]
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American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
3615 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
American Counseling Association
5999 Stevenson Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
ACA Fax Number: (703) 823-0252
ACA Toll-Free Numbers:
ACA: (800) 347-6647
FAX: (800) 473-2329
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
305 7th Avenue, 16th Fl.
New York, NY 10001
Phone (212) 647-1890 · Fax: (212) 647-1865
Child and Adolescent Services Research Program
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892
The mission of the Consortium on Child and Adolescent Research (C-CAR) is to stimulate research on mental health and mental illness to benefit youngsters with emotional, developmental, and brain disorders.
Mental Health Matters
Directory website containing links to online medical and psychological libraries, professional societies of mental health specialists, and online support.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
Phone: (703) 524-7600
TDD: (703) 516-7227
Toll-free: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Phone: (301) 443-4513
National Mental Health Association
2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor
Alexandria, Virginia 22311
Phone: (703) 684-7722
TTY Toll-free: 1-800-433-5959
Toll-free: 1-800-969-NMHA (6642)
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