The members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) have elected Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., as the medical society’s next president-elect. Dr. Levounis is the first openly gay psychiatrist elected to the presidency of the APA. The results were released today but are not official until the APA Board of Trustees confirms them at its March meeting.
The American Psychiatric Association’s 2022 Annual Meeting features nationally recognized experts in psychiatry and mental health policy, research, and clinical practice. The meeting’s theme is Social Determinants of Mental Health and will feature more than 300 educational sessions and specialized tracks, including addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and more. There will also be a new Clinical Updates Track, and a Research Track from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
APA Foundation Library Hosting Exhibition, Town Hall for Black History Month on Central State Hospital
The American Psychiatric Foundation’s Melvin Sabshin, M.D., Library and Archives is hosting an exhibition and a virtual town hall on the history of Central State Hospital, the first mental health care facility for African Americans in the country.
One in Three Americans Worry About Social Media’s Impact on Mental Health Nearly Half Say It Has Hurt Society at Large
Twenty-five years after the website Sixdegrees.com began a revolution in the way people used the internet, a third of Americans say social media does more harm than good to their mental health. Nearly half said that social media has hurt society at large and 42 percent said it has hurt political discourse. This is according to the results of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s February 2022 Healthy Minds Monthly* a poll conducted by Morning Consult, fielded Jan. 19-20, 2022, among a nationally representative sample of 2,210 adults.
American Journal of Psychiatry Articles Honored as 2021 Leading Research Achievements in Mental Illness
Four articles published in 2021 by the The American Journal of Psychiatry have been honored by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation as 2021 Leading Research Achievements for notable contributions to research on mental illness and the biology of the brain by its grantees, prizewinners, and scientific council members.
As it enters its 30th anniversary year, American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) has joined the Mental Health Coalition, a group of leading mental health organizations, brands, and individuals who have come together to end the stigma surrounding mental health and to change the way people talk about, and care for, mental illness.
A woman’s mental health is punctuated by specific events during her natural biological cycle, but the importance of these events is often forgotten when clinicians review her psychiatric history. A new textbook from APA Publishing is the first comprehensive text for understanding, diagnosing, and supporting the unique mental health needs of women during their entire reproductive life cycle.
January Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Cover New Research on Cannabis and Alcohol Use, Disparities in Coercive Treatment for Psychosis, and More
The January issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are available online. Also available is the latest issue of The American Journal of Psychotherapy.
Well Beings, a multi-year campaign from public media to address the critical health needs in America, has created the Mental Health Language Guide to help everyone more successfully find the right words when having conversations about mental health. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation is a supporter of the Well Beings initiative and a contributor to the development of the guide.
As 2021 draws to a close, more than one in four Americans (26%) or more than 67 million adults say that next year, improving their mental health is on their minds, and just over one-third (37%) say they are anxious about their mental health to start the new year. Among those making resolutions focused on mental health, 53% will meditate, 37% plan to see a therapist, 35% will take a break from social media, 32% will journal, 26% will use a mental health app, and 20% plan to specifically see a psychiatrist.
The My Mental Health Crisis Plan app, which allows individuals who have serious mental illness to create a psychiatric advance directive that guides their treatment during a mental health crisis, recently was named Best Health Care Mobile Application in the 2021 MobileWebAwards.
Hispanic Adults Show Higher Level of Worry, Anxiety This Holiday Season Than People of Other Races & Ethnicities
According to a recent poll, nearly half (48%) of Hispanic adults said that their level of stress increases during the holidays, compared to 43% of white adults, 37% of Black adults, and 41% of all adults. This year, 31% of Hispanic adults also indicated they’d be more stressed than last year, as opposed to 22% of white adults, 21% of Black adults, and 22% of all adults. That trend bore out through a number of the mental health-related poll questions, with Hispanic adults generally more worried about various aspects of the holiday season.