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Patrice Harris’ AMA Election A Shining Example of Medical Leadership in 2018

After winning the election at the Annual Meeting of The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) last week in Chicago, longtime APA Member Patrice Harris, M.D., will serve as President-elect of the association. She received a standing ovation from the delegates when her election was announced. Dr. Harris has served on the AMA’s Board of Trustees since 2011 and is chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force. She will be the first African-American woman to serve as President at the AMA when she assumes office in June 2019. I offer her my sincere congratulations on a well-deserved election result, as well as personal tanks for all this time she has been an active member of APA and a personal friend to many of us.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

New research has found that one common treatment for PTSD, prolonged exposure therapy, can be effective in a shorter, more intense format, making it potentially more acceptable and accessible to more people needing treatment.

Protecting Children at the Border: What You Can Do

The horror of the actions being taken by the Administration to separate families seeking asylum at the border has left many in shock and disbelief, horrified and wanting to take action. The president signed an order ending the practice on Wednesday, but details remain unclear on when that will occur and what will happen to the thousands of children already separated from their families. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and 17 other mental health organizations sent a letter to the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services, urging the administration to immediately end its policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border.

Poverty and Other Life Circumstances Can Harm Mental Health: Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health

The conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age are collectively referred to as social determinants of mental health. They include education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, social support networks, socioeconomic status and access to health care. These circumstances often create a cycle where poverty contributes to mental health issues which in turn lead to further poverty.

Increase in Suicides Highlights Need for Comprehensive Prevention Efforts

Nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in the U.S. in 2016, and the suicide rate continues to rise, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In more than half the states, suicide rates have increased more than 30 percent since 1999, and the overall U.S. rate of suicide has increased every year since 2006.