APA Blog

Rethinking ADHD

Based on evidence from recent clinical and neuroscience studies, it is time for a fundamental shift from previous beliefs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to a broader concept that encompasses the complexities of ADHD

Internet Gaming – Addictive Potential?

Online games are very popular, one recent study estimates that some 160 million American adults play Internet-based games. The games can be very entertaining, and it may be easy to get absorbed in the competition, but can they be addictive? The topic has generated much news coverage in recent weeks

Mental Health Month and Prevention Week: Focus on Teen Behaviors and Warning Signs

May is Mental Health Month, and the third week in May is National Prevention Week, an annual health observance focused on raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. You can join online to view the live kickoff event for National Prevention Week on May 15, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Motivational Interviewing: Empowering People to Change

Motivational interviewing is a counseling technique to help people change behaviors. It involves “collaborative conversation to strengthen a person’s own motivation for and commitment to change.”

Partnering for Help and Hope on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

One myth that psychiatrists have to contend with all too often is that it is impossible to prevent mental illness. In fact, we know that the opposite is true. Prevention does work, and we know that by identifying children and adolescents who are at risk for mental illness and addressing the risk factors in their lives before a mental illness or substance use disorder manifests itself or becomes unmanageable, we can vastly improve their well-being and overall quality of life.