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International Coalition of Experts Releases an Alert Regarding 13 Reasons Why, Season 2

In 2017 Netflix released 13 Reasons Why to a global audience and extensive concern on the part of experts. A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found a significant increase in internet searches on suicide following the release of season 1. As a result and in preparation for the release of season 2 on May 18, 2018, an international coalition of leading experts in education, mental health and suicide prevention have released concerns and recommendations to youth, parents, educators and clinicians/professionals.

Dr. Altha Stewart Takes Office as APA President, the First African-American to Lead the Organization

Altha Stewart, M.D., began her one-year term as President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the conclusion of the APA Annual Meeting in New York on May 9. At the same time Bruce Schwartz, M.D., began his term as APA President-elect.

James Batterson, M.D., Assumes Post as APA Assembly Speaker

At the close of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting on May 9 in New York, James (Bob) R. Batterson, M.D., assumed the role of Speaker of the APA Assembly of District Branches.

Nearly One in Three People Know Someone Addicted to Opioids; More than Half of Millennials believe it is Easy to Get Illegal Opioids

The opioid crisis continues to weigh heavily on the minds of Americans, according to a new national poll released today by the American Psychiatric Association, (APA). Nearly a third of Americans say they know someone who is or has been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers. Nearly half feel it is extremely or somewhat easy to access opioids for illicit use. Americans strongly favor improving access to treatment over imposing stricter punishments to address the problem.

Americans Overwhelmingly See Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue; They Want Congress to Act and CDC to Conduct Research

Americans are more united than divided when it comes to guns – they see gun safety as an issue and they want to see actions to prevent gun violence. The majority of Americans (87 percent) see gun violence as a public health threat, including 77 percent of Republicans and 96 percent of Democrats, according to a new national poll released today by the American Psychiatric Association, (APA).

Americans Say They are More Anxious than a Year Ago; Baby Boomers Report Greatest Increase in Anxiety

Americans’ anxiety levels experienced sharp increases in the past year, according to a new poll released today by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Study Shows Continued Use of Certain Antipsychotics During Pregnancy May Increase Risk of Gestational Diabetes

Women who take certain antipsychotic medications and continue the use of these medications through pregnancy may be at increased risk for gestational diabetes, according to new research published online today by the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Study Shows Family Psychiatric History Among Both Males and Females Increases Risk of Postpartum Psychiatric Episodes

A new mother’s risk of postpartum psychiatric conditions increases when she has an immediate family member with a psychiatric disorder, especially bipolar disorder, according to research published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The increased risk occurs with both male or female family members. The authors presented their findings at a media briefing in New York, where they had come to deliver a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

New Research: African-American Clergy’s Attitude Toward Professional Mental Health Services

African-American clergy have positive attitudes toward parishioners seeking mental health services, according to new research being presented today at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting here. Because of their influential role in the lives of parishioners, they can potentially help increase access to mental health care for those in need.

New Research: Pokémon Go: A Potential Tool for Mental Health?

Playing Pokémon Go is associated with increases in physical activity and social behavior and an improved sense of well-being, researchers presenting today here at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association conclude.

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