News From the 2017 Annual Meeting

May 25, 2017

Anita Everett Takes Office as APA President

Anita Everett, M.D., began her one-year term as President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the conclusion of the APA Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 24. At the same time Altha Stewart, M.D., began her term as APA President-elect.

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May 25, 2017

Theresa M. Miskimen Assumes Post as APA Assembly Speaker

At the close of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting on May 24 in San Diego, Theresa M. Miskimen, M.D., assumed the role of Speaker of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Assembly of District Branches.

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May 22, 2017

New National Poll Finds Americans Show Strong Support for Mental Health Coverage

Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, overwhelmingly feel that insurance should cover mental health. Seventy-seven percent of all Americans said private health insurance offered through an employer or union should cover mental health, including 76 percent of Democrats and 81 percent of Republicans. This is according to a new national poll released today by the American Psychiatric Association.

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May 22, 2017

Americans Favor Treatment, Not Enforcement, to Address Opioid Crisis; Many Americans Believe Access to Illegal Opioids and Painkillers is Easy; One in Five Millennials Think it’s OK to Share Prescription Medicine

Many Americans have been directly touched by the opioid crisis — more than a quarter of Americans and more than a third of millennials, report knowing someone who has been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers. More than two-thirds of Americans, 69 percent, say they “understand how someone accidentally gets addicted to opioids,” according to a new national poll released today by the American Psychiatric Association.

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May 22, 2017

Majority of Americans Say They are Anxious about Health; Millennials are More Anxious than Baby Boomers

Nearly two-thirds of Americans are extremely or somewhat anxious about health and safety for themselves and their families and more than a third are more anxious overall than last year. By generation, millennials are the most anxious, baby boomers are the least. People of color also report higher levels of anxiety. This is according to a new national poll released today by the American Psychiatric Association.

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May 21, 2017

Rep. Tim Murphy Receives the Jacob Javits Award for Public Service

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) was presented the American Psychiatric Association’s Jacob K. Javits Award for Public Service today at the APA Annual Meeting here.

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May 21, 2017

APA Gives Back Program Benefits UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project

As part of the American Psychiatric Association’s annual “APA Gives Back” program, APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., presented a donation of more than $16,000 to this’s year’s recipient, the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project during the Opening Session of the APA Annual Meeting here.

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May 20, 2017

New Research: High Levels of Anxiety Found Among Syrian Refugee Children

The Syria Civil War has exposed millions of civilians to extreme physical and emotional trauma. Anxiety is common among Syrian refugee children, affecting more than four in five children, according to research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Diego.

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May 20, 2017

New Research: PTSD, Alcohol Use Disorder Common in Adolescents Exposed to Natural Disasters

Adolescents who were highly exposed to natural and environmental disasters show higher levels of alcohol misuse and emotional trauma than their peers, according to new research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Diego. The findings indicate the importance of mental health services for youth that have experienced emotional trauma.

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May 20, 2017

New Research: Cyberbullying Linked with Depression, Emotional Abuse

Cyberbullying may exacerbate mental health conditions among adolescents, particularly teens who have experienced previous emotional abuse, according to new research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Diego.

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May 20, 2017

New Research: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Delivered Online Effective for Treating Depression

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) delivered online is effective for treating depression in adults concludes a new meta-analysis presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Diego.

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