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March 24, 2020

Online Support for People with Mental Health Conditions

  • Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Older adults, Patients and Families, Serious mental illness

While these unprecedented times are stressful for everyone, people with mental health conditions may face particular challenges. Many organizations offer ways to connect and find support online or by phone for general mental health and for specific conditions.

September 27, 2019

A Presidential Initiative for Mental Health

  • By Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., FRCP-E, FRCPsych
  • Addiction, APA Leadership, Depression, Patients and Families

The 2020 presidential election will be one of the most consequential in recent memory. Whoever is inaugurated the following January will have to contend with a growing health care crisis, particularly where mental health and substance use disorders are concerned.

September 03, 2019

Twelve-Step-Based Programs Effective for Substance Use Problems

  • By APA
  • Addiction, Patients and Families

Spiritual or religious based programs, such as those based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, are effective for treating people with substance use disorders, according to the first systematic review of such programs. In the U.S., more than 20 million people 12 years and older (about 7.4%) have a substance use disorder and among 18-to-25-year-olds, 15% have a substance use disorder, according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

September 03, 2019

U.S. Surgeon General’s Warning on Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain

  • By APA
  • Addiction, Patients and Families

On August 29, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a new advisory on marijuana use and the developing brain. The advisory focuses on the dangers of marijuana for adolescents and for pregnant women. The statement from Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams emphasized “the importance of protecting our Nation from the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. Recent increases in access to marijuana and in its potency, along with misperceptions of safety of marijuana endanger our most precious resource, our nation’s youth.”

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