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March 18, 2024

Mental Health Equity Champion Spotlight: Mary Hasbah Roessel, M.D.

  • APA Leadership, Diverse populations, Women

Welcome to Women’s History Month. This month, we highlight a phenomenal mental health equity champion, Mary Hasbah Roessel, M.D. Dr. Roessel is a Navajo psychiatrist and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). She shares her experience on how to infuse cultural considerations of Indigenous peoples into psychiatric treatment.

March 18, 2024

New Podcast Features Conversations with Leading Women Psychiatrists

  • APA Leadership, Public awareness, What APA is Doing For You

The field of psychiatry has greatly benefited from the contributions of women, who have played a crucial role in advancing research and clinical practice. Women psychiatrists have made significant strides in understanding mental illnesses and developing effective treatments. One such pioneer is Helen Mayberg, M.D., whose groundbreaking work on deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression has transformed the field. Nada Stotland, M.D., a former president of the APA, is another remarkable trailblazer who has played an instrumental role in advocating for policy changes that reduce stigma and improve access to mental health care. There are countless women like Dr. Mayberg and Dr. Stotland who have furthered the field of psychiatry in so many ways.

March 14, 2024

Relaxation Techniques for Mental Wellness

  • Healthy living for mental well-being, Patients and Families

“Just relax.” While it sounds simple, it is often quite difficult to calm our minds and relax the tension in our bodies. However, the ability to relax and destress is important for maintaining mental health and can be very helpful for lessening symptoms of many mental and physical health conditions. For example, relaxation can improve focus and mood, improve sleep quality, lower blood pressure and improve digestion.

March 01, 2024

Positive Psychiatry: Promoting Well-Being

Positive psychiatry focuses on the positive aspects of mental health. It is defined as the “science and practice of psychiatry that focuses on the study and promotion of mental health and well-being through enhancement of positive psychosocial factors,” in a recent special report in Psychiatric News by former APA President Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. As Dr. Jeste notes, while about 20% of people are affected by mental disorders, “100% of people have mental health including some positive traits. Positive psychiatry is an approach to mental health that can speak to everyone with or without a psychiatric disorder.”

March 01, 2024

Struggling with Screen Time: A Look at Internet Use Disorders

  • By John A. Fromson, M.D.
  • Addiction, Patients and Families

Internet use disorders are a growing concern in today’s technology-driven society, marked by excessive and compulsive use of the internet, leading to negative consequences in various aspects of an individual's life. Online activities of concern include overuse of social media sites, gaming, gambling, problematic use of online pornography, and other digital platforms. This is a global phenomenon affecting individuals of all ages

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