Telehealth Addiction Treatment Rose Rapidly During Pandemic; But Potential Benefits Still Unclear

During the COVID-19 pandemic, addiction treatment providers rapidly pivoted to providing services via telehealth. New research highlights the potential for telehealth delivery to increase patient engagement by improving access and convenience. However, it also finds limited evidence that telehealth results in better retention or other outcomes relative to in-person treatment. The research appears online today in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association, ahead of the organization’s Mental Health Services Conference.

Let’s Talk about the Impacts of the Current Mental Health Crisis

Today, on World Mental Health Day, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) is launching a new monthly podcast to engage the public in conversations about the current mental health crisis. Each episode of Mentally Healthy Nation will be centered around an aspect of mental health that impacts the community, where people live, learn, work and worship.

APA Urges Congress to Fund Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Provisions Within the Build Back Better Act

As Congress considers a reconciliation package to address funding President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is expressing strong support for several provisions within the Act that are critical for enhancing efforts to improve mental health across the nation at this time of great need. In a letter sent to House and Senate leadership, the APA detailed essential provisions to include within the package.

Award-Winning Documentary CURED to Air on PBS Oct. 11, Covers History of the Removal of Homosexuality from the DSM in 1973

“I am a homosexual. I am a psychiatrist.” So began the speech presented by Dr. H. Anonymous (who later revealed himself as Dr. John Fryer) at the 1972 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting held in Dallas, Texas. The story of Dr. Fryer, Barbara Gittings, Frank Kameny, and others who worked together to push the APA to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is being told in a powerful new documentary, CURED. The film will air as the season premiere of Independent Lens on PBS on National Coming Out Day, Monday, Oct. 11.

October Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Cover Diabetes and Depression Connection; Schizophrenia Treatment; Mental Health of Community College Students and more

The October 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 October issue presents findings that extend and validate salient results from previous studies relevant to clinical psychiatry. Among the research featured:

New Report: In Construction Industry, Concern for Mental Health Is High, But Willingness to Discuss Mental Health is Low

As the pandemic continues to impact the economy and mental health of many workers, construction experiences the second highest rate of suicide among major industries. A new survey of the construction workforce from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation’s Center for Workplace Mental Health, the Construction Financial Management Association, CSDZ and Holmes Murphy, calls attention to this issue and offers insights during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

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.

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