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Five Ways You Can Use Social Media to Benefit Your Health

Many articles have been written on how social media can be detrimental to your health, but there are ways to use it for your benefit. Here are five ways you can use social media to improve your health.

Binge Drinking: Not Just a Problem on Campus

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and one area of public health concern is binge drinking. College parties may come to mind when we think of binge drinking, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the significant problem of binge drinking among adults. And estimated 17 percent of U.S. adults (more than 37 million) reported binge drinking, which is drinking four or more drinks for women, five or more for men, on one occasion. While binge drinking was more common among younger adults (18 – 34), more than three-quarters of all binge drinks are consumed by adults over 25 years. Binge drinking accounts for more than half of the 88,000 U.S. deaths from excessive drinking ear year.

Medicare's MIPS Program: Understanding the 2018 Reporting Changes

Many psychiatrists who treat Medicare patients were impacted by payment reform requirements last year and need to be aware of additional changes to the program for 2018. The American Psychiatric Association is working to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in Medicare's Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

Mental Health Professionals: Education, Training and Roles

Psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and social workers all help people with mental health challenges, but the services they provide and the education and training they receive is different for each role.

Too Many Selfies?

The selfie is a mainstay of social media. Many people spend time every day taking, perfecting and posting selfies. Given the rise in popularity of the selfie, a mental health condition of selfitis – an obsession with taking selfies – sounds like it could be real. But selfitis is not a recognized mental disorder