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Ketamine for Depression: Much Promise, Many Unknowns

In recent years, the potential use of ketamine to treat severe depression has generated a lot of hope and excitement and headlines. Ketamine has long been medically used as an anesthesia and misused as a street drug. It has also shown great promise in treating severe depression, but there are still many questions and potential concerns.

Self-Advocacy Through Power Statements

Using “power statements” can help people with serious mental illness clarify and communicate their personal goals for medication and treatment, according to a new study. A power statement is a short, self-advocacy statement prepared by a patient based on a template. The study found that people with serious mental illness typically view medications not only as a way to address symptoms, but as a means to pursue meaningful life goals.

13 Mental Health Questions about “13 Reasons Why”

The realistic portray of mental illness in television and movies can be an effective way to reduce stigma around psychiatric issues. But it can be troubling if those portrayals do not show options for treatment.

Treating Depression – Psychotherapy or Medication?

Evidence-based psychotherapy and antidepressant medication are both recommended treatments for depression under current guidelines. They have roughly the same effectiveness with 30 to 40 percent remission rates when each treatment is used alone.

Alcohol Awareness: College and Community Collaboration

Alcohol use affects many Americans: about seven percent of U.S. adults have an alcohol use disorder and almost 16 million were in need of treatment for an alcohol problem in 2015. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, focusing attention on education, prevention and treatment.