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December 21, 2022

A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Surviving Family Gatherings

  • By Rebecca Brendel, M.D., J.D.
  • APA Leadership, Healthy living for mental well-being, President Blog

The Hallmark version of the holiday season portrays a snow-blanketed cozy, warm and loving environment in which we reconnect with friends, family and loved ones, and celebrate the people and events we are thankful for. In fact, in a new poll from the American Psychiatric Association, 47% of Americans say that’s the thing they look forward to the most this holiday season, and, no doubt, it can be joyous.

August 11, 2022

Collaboration is Key to Meeting Demand for Mental Health Services

  • APA Leadership, What APA is Doing For You

The COVID-19 pandemic has left in its wake a serious mental health crisis, the scope of which is still evolving. Even before the pandemic, demand for mental health care services was extremely high, and increasing by the day. Now, as lockdowns have ended and many pandemic restrictions have lifted in America, COVID is still putting a strain on health care personnel, and the systems they work in. In addition to laying bare the severity of healthcare disparities in our communities, the pandemic has also focused a spotlight on the seriousness of the mental health care shortage in America. In the face of these mounting challenges and unprecedented need, it is clear that the future of mental health care in our country will require an interdisciplinary approach.

March 11, 2022

What APA Is Doing for You: Update on Clozapine REMS

  • By Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., FRCP-E, FRCPsych
  • APA Leadership, Serious mental illness, What APA is Doing For You

In November 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instituted a new Clozapine Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) to monitor prescribing and dispensing of the drug, which is used to treat schizophrenia. The new REMS led to confusion for manufacturers, pharmacies, prescribers, and patients. Some clinicians stopped prescribing the already underutilized drug, and some pharmacies stopped dispensing it. This chaotic situation led the FDA to stop enforcing certain requirements of the REM for 90 days.

October 07, 2021

“CURED” Documentary: What It’s Like to Participate in a Chronicle of Psychiatry’s Past

  • By Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., FRCP-E, FRCPsych
  • APA Leadership, LGBTQ+

At the 1972 APA Annual Meeting, in Dallas, Texas, a psychiatrist identified only as “Dr. H. Anonymous,” who had been stigmatized and lost his job because of his sexual orientation, offered a masked protest during a session devoted to psychiatry’s relationship with homosexuality. Joined on the panel (chaired by Judd Marmor, M.D.) by the organizer/activists Barbara Gittings and Frank Kameny, the psychiatrist was later revealed to be Dr. John Fryer. This event that was a watershed moment both for psychiatry and the LGBTQ community, and eventually led to the removal of homosexuality from the DSM in 1973.

August 19, 2021

Supporting International Medical Graduates is Crucial for Mental Health Care in America

  • By Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., FRCP-E, FRCPsych
  • APA Leadership

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) play a huge part as we work to address care gaps, weather the effects of the pandemic, and achieve greater health equity in the United States. They are often the unsung heroes of psychiatry, many working to fill in shortages in underserved and rural areas, while meeting their waiver requirements before applying for permanent resident status.

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