APA Blog

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Help Teens at Risk of Suicide

Despite increased awareness and understanding of mental health issues, the tragedy of teen suicide and self-harm are growing problems in the U.S. Among teens and young adults age 10 to 24, suicide is the second-leading cause of death (after accidents), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of teen suicide has been on the rise for more than a decade. New research finds that specific type of psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), may help save lives and prevent self-harm among high-risk teens.

Six Tips for Maintaining Good Mental Health and Well-Being

Your overall well-being involves not only physical but also mental health. The World Health Organization says that “mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health.” Just as there are things you can do to maintain your physical health, you can take steps to maintain your mental health. Here are a few tips, resources and ideas for maintaining good mental health.

Older Adults: Hearing Loss and Depression Connection

Some hearing loss is common as people age and it can be challenging and distressing. Several studies have found a connection between hearing loss and depression. Both conditions are often not identified and treated.

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.