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New Research: As Demand for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Rose, Promise in “Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Programs” Emerged

Referrals from primary care providers (PCPs) to Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) programs increased and involved more complex mental health concerns, particularly regarding mood and anxiety, during the pandemic, according to a new study published online today in Psychiatric Services. These trends underscore the importance of these programs to supporting the growing need for children’s mental health care.

As Americans Turn Increasingly to Internet Betting, APA Releases New Edition of Gambling Disorder Guide

More Americans than ever are placing bets on sports online, according to many recent reports. The vast majority of people who gamble are able to do so without any long-lasting problems, but research has shown that up to 1 percent of the population currently has a gambling disorder. Gambling disorder involves repeated, problem gambling. Despite significant personal and familial problems caused by the individual’s behavior, those with gambling disorder struggle to control their gambling.

APA Statement on the House Passage of the Build Back Better Act

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Build Back Better Act, which, among its $2 trillion in spending, includes significant needed investments in mental health and substance use disorder care. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) applauds the House for including these provisions in the Act and urges the Senate to ensure they are retained in the final reconciliation package.

National Report Offers Solutions to Overcome the Three Major Obstacles to Rural Mental Health Care

One in 25 adult Americans has a serious mental illness (SMI) in a given year, but people in rural areas are more likely to experience it, and they face unique barriers to receiving treatment. A recent report from SMI Adviser explores three obstacles to connecting rural and remote populations with mental health care—availability, accessibility and acceptability—and offers solutions developed by clinicians, administrators, and staff in those geographic areas.

APA Statement on CDC Report on Deaths From Overdose

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported that between April 2020 and April 2021, U.S. deaths from overdoses topped 100,000. This grim milestone constitutes a record, and overall, these deaths are up 29 percent from the prior year.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Twitter Chat to Focus on Veterans Mental Health

As we stop this week to honor the sacrifice of our nation’s more than 17 million military veterans, the American Psychiatric Association will host a Veterans Mental Health Twitter Chat where participants can learn more about the impact of numerous serious mental health issues facing this population.

November Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Cover Trauma, Suicide, Resilience and More

The November issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are available online. The American Journal of Psychiatry is the most widely read psychiatric journal in the world. The November issue is dedicated to the topics of adversity, trauma, and suicide. The articles in this issue address important issues relevant to resilience, susceptibility, and the development of psychopathology

American Journal of Psychiatry Review Suggests Unconventional New Path for Alzheimer’s Treatments

As November marks Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a new review in the American Journal of Psychiatry examines the current state of research on Alzheimer’s disease and potential future directions. Central to the authors’ argument is the unconventional idea that the presence of amyloid and tau are merely biomarkers of the disease, and that treatments focused on them may not improve patient outcomes.

American Psychiatric Association Joins “Sound the Alarm for Kids” to Address the Mental Health Emergency in Children and Teens

Today the American Psychiatric Association joined “Sound the Alarm for Kids” as a national partner committed to helping raise awareness about the mental health emergency affecting children and adolescents.

New Book from APA Publishing Examines a New Path Forward for Treating Mental Illness: Precision Psychiatry

Although currently available treatments can be effective at improving patients' quality of life and mitigating the burden of symptoms of mental disorders, finding the right treatment for an individual can be a long and fraught process. A recently released book from APA Publishing, “Precision Psychiatry,” presents a new path forward for connecting patients with the exact treatments they need, sooner, through emerging advances in the field.

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