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Could data on cell phone use help identify depression symptoms?

A new study from researchers at Boston University, Bentley University, Harvard Medical School, MIT, VA Boston Healthcare System, and Cogito Corporation (an app developer) sought to test the use of a smartphone app to identify underlying mood and anxiety disorder symptoms. The researchers set out to test whether a smartphone could be used to collect, store, and analyze objective behavior data related to symptoms for depression and PTSD.

APA Opposes Proposed Budget Cuts to HHS, NIH

On Wednesday, APA sent a letter to the ranking members of the Senate Budget Committee urging them to at least maintain funding for agencies that support initiatives that allow people to stay healthy in their communities.

Peer Support: Making a Difference for People with Mental Illness

Peer support refers to people with the same types of problems helping each other. The concept of peer support has been used for many years among people with addictions, for example in Alcoholic Anonymous where people with “lived experience” help others to recover. The use of peer support with people with mental illness is more recent, particularly peer support in a professional capacity as part of the mental health care team.

World Sleep Day: Tips for Helping Kids Get Better Sleep

March 17 is World Sleep Day, promoted by the World Sleep Society to call attention to the importance of sleep to health and mental health, and the many burdens of sleep problems. The 2017 theme is “Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life.”

APA Remains Committed to Supporting Goldwater Rule

Today, APA’s Ethics Committee issued an opinion that reaffirms our organization’s support for “The Goldwater Rule,” which asserts that psychiatrists should not give professional opinions about the mental state of individuals that they have not personally and thoroughly evaluated. The opinion from the Ethics Committee clarifies the ethical principle of the rule and answers several questions that have recently cropped up surrounding its use.