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Category : Anxiety

APA Stands with Dreamers, Urges Congress to Reinstate DACA

The recent news of the Trump Administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is deeply troubling for a host of reasons, not the least of which is the negative impact it would potentially have on our nation’s mental health care. That is why the APA joined 69 other health professional organizations in sending a letter to leaders of both houses of Congress urging them to act swiftly to protect those with DACA status. In addition, the APA sent its own letter stressing the importance of protecting those affected by this decision.

Telepsychiatry: Advances and Challenges

The use of telepsychiatry is increasing in the primary care settings, including pediatrician’s offices, and in schools where psychiatrists or other mental health professionals can collaborate with teachers and other school staff.

APA Urges Senate HELP Committee to Preserve Essential Health Care Benefits

This month, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has been holding hearings on stabilizing premiums and helping individuals in the individual insurance market for 2018, with a key hearing this Thursday.

Losing a Sibling to Suicide

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time for mental health advocates and professionals, survivors, allies and community members to raise awareness, share resources and work to prevent suicide.

What are PANS/PANDAS?

PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) and PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection) are conditions that can lead to the sudden psychiatric symptoms in children. The conditions are triggered by an infection. The PANDAS Network* describes PANS as when “a misdirected immune response results in inflammation on a child’s brain. In turn, the child quickly begins to exhibit life changing symptoms such as OCD, severe restrictive eating, anxiety, tics, personality changes, decline in math and handwriting abilities, sensory sensitivities, and more.”