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APA Offers Tips for Understanding Prolonged Grief Disorder

Americans are currently facing several ongoing disasters that have caused death and suffering, such as COVID-19, the winddown in Afghanistan, floods, fires, hurricanes and gun violence. While many Americans are mourning, some may experience prolonged grief disorder, which is characterized by incapacitating feelings of grief.

New Book Issues Wake-up Call on Technology Addiction

A new book from APA Publishing, Technological Addictions, is a wake-up call alerting the medical community—and society at large—to the addictive potential of technology. Edited by Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., and James Sherer, M.D., the book provides context and understanding around potential addiction to a variety of technologies, along with discussion of assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

September Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Cover Improving Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, Mental Health Perspective on Police Reform

The September issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are available online.

APA Statement on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

As we approach the 20th anniversary, the American Psychiatric Association pauses to mourn the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. We send our thoughts and support to the family members and friends of those who died, as we reflect on our own indelible memories of that day.

Eighteen Organizations Express Support for the Collaborate in an Orderly and Cohesive Manner (COCM) Act Which Would Bolster Innovative Model of Provision of Mental Health Care

Today 18 organizations announced their support for the Collaborate in an Orderly and Cohesive Manner (COCM) Act which will improve access to evidence-based mental health and substance use care by supporting and investing in the implementation of the Collaborative Care Model in primary care offices.

Addressing Mental Health Disparities Facing African Americans: Free Online Educational Series from the American Psychiatric Association and the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at Morehouse School of Medicine

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Black youth and, in recent years, rates of suicide for African American adolescents rose faster than those of their white peers. African American communities experience unequal access to high-quality, culturally competent mental health care. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Morehouse School of Medicine’s African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (AABH CoE) are offering an on-demand online learning series for mental health professionals designed to bring awareness to and ameliorate these and other disparities.

Frontline Physicians Oppose Texas Legislation That Interferes in or Criminalizes Reproductive Patient Care

America’s frontline physicians are deeply concerned about the consequences of the Texas state law that took effect today and bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

In Latest Wave of Pandemic, APA Calls Attention to Ongoing Problem of Health Care Worker Burnout

This Labor Day weekend, health care workers will continue to work long hours and come face-to-face with the brutal realities of the latest wave of the pandemic. Even before COVID-19, health care workers were experiencing high rates of professional burnout, with nearly 50% of all physicians experiencing it. The multiple waves of the COVID-19 pandemic have added enormous pressure for many health care workers. A survey of health care workers earlier this year found that younger frontline health care workers seem to be the hardest hit, more than two-thirds (69%) said they feel “burned out.”

New Research in American Journal of Psychiatry Identifies Risk Factors for Suicide Attempt Among Soldiers

New research in the American Journal of Psychiatry identifies factors that may help assess suicide risk in soldiers. According to the study, Predictors of Suicide Attempt Within 30 Days After First Medically Documented Suicidal Ideation in U.S. Army Soldiers, suicide risk was highest within 30 days after ideation diagnosis and was more likely among women and combat medics.

APA Statement on Addressing Veteran and Refugee Mental Health in Evacuation from Afghanistan

The news and images coming out of Afghanistan these past days have been difficult to watch and our thoughts go out to the people of Afghanistan and to the hundreds of thousands.of service members who worked to establish peace in the country over the past 20 years.

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