APA Blog

Category : Personality Disorders

What is an Alienist?

The Alienist is an upcoming American television psychological thriller series set in New York City in 1896. Alienist is an archaic term once used to describe a psychiatrist, particularly one who testifies in court.

What Do We Mean by "Duty to Warn"?

There has been much public misconception about “duty to warn,” the requirement of mental health professionals to warn of potential threats. In general, a duty to warn requirement applies to confidential information gained during mental health treatment and does not relate to publicly available information. Here’s a brief summary of requirements.

Online Mental Health Screenings: A Potential First Step

Several organizations provide brief online screenings for depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental health conditions. More than one million people took screenings through the Mental Health America site alone in 2016.

Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Linked to Changes in Medication Use Among People with Serious Mental Illness

People with serious mental illness exposed to direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of medications are more likely to stop taking their medications than those not exposed to the advertising, according to new research published in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

Effective Messages to Fight Stigma

Despite increasing public awareness and discussion about mental illness and substance use disorders, stigma is still a major barrier to many people seeking treatment. New research has identified communication strategies that are effective in reducing stigma and increasing public support for policies and programs benefitting people with behavioral health conditions.