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Pandemic Experience Shows Benefits of Telepsychiatry in Increasing Access to Care

One of the challenges for successful mental health treatment is consistent participation in appointments with mental healthcare professionals. The rates of no-shows and cancellations for psychiatric appointments are often high. New research finds that after the shift to mostly remote appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at psychiatric appointments increased significantly, potentially leading to more effective treatment. The research was published online in March in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association. 

Autism, Anxiety and Sensory Challenges

Anxiety disorders are common in children and adolescents, and sensory reactivity is also common among young children. Both conditions are more common in children with autism than children without autism. Researchers are exploring the connections and relationships between these conditions.

APA Access Agenda Update: Connecting Patients to Care and Coverage

During the pandemic, Americans have experienced higher rates of anxiety, depression, and substance use. Our country needs to meet the increasing demand for early identification and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. The federal government took a tremendous step forward in December, when it created new authority for the Department of Labor to ensure that mental health and substance use disorders were covered by insurance. Here are three more solutions to help meet the demand by connecting patients to care.

Only One in 10 Youths in Community Justice Systems Who Need It Are Getting Behavioral Health Treatment

Youths entering the juvenile justice system are often identified as needing help for substance use and mental health concerns, yet very few—only one in ten—receive needed behavioral health services, according to a new study in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association.  

Exploring the Complexities of Resilience

Many children experience adversity and traumatic events. Researchers continue to try to understand resilience, or the trait that makes some children, and adults, better able than others to cope and adapt to adversity.