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APA and Illinois Psychiatric Society Joint Statement on Shooting in Aurora, Ill.

The American Psychiatric Association and the Illinois Psychiatry Society release the following joint statement in response to the deadly shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Ill.

APA Elects Dr. Jeffrey Geller as President-Elect

The members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) have chosen Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H., as the medical society’s next president-elect. The results were released today but are not official until the APA Board of Trustees confirms the election results at its March meeting.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Encouraged to Attend APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco

The American Psychiatric Association's 2019 Annual Meetingfeatures nationally recognized experts in psychiatry and mental health policy, research and clinical practice. The meeting will feature more than 650 sessions and specialized tracks, including addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and more. It will also include a Mental Health Innovation Zone highlighting advances in mental health technology and a special track highlighting APA’s 175th Anniversary. This year's Annual Meeting theme is Revitalize Psychiatry: Disrupt, Include, Engage & Innovate.

APA Expresses Great Disappointment in the Supreme Court Decision to Lift the Injunctions on the Administration’s Ban on Transgender Servicemembers

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is greatly disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the injunctions on the Administration’s ban on transgender servicemembers before all the lower court cases are decided.

America’s Frontline Physicians Call for Texas vs. Azar Decision on Affordable Care Act to Be Reversed on Appeal

In response to the ruling to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Texas vs. Azar, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Physicians (ACP), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and American Psychiatric Association (APA), collectively representing America's frontline physicians, issued this statement:

Study Finds Increasing Use, and Misuse, of Benzodiazepines

More than one in eight U.S. adults (12.6 percent) used benzodiazepines in the past year, up from previous reports. Misuse of the prescription drugs accounted for more than 17 percent of overall use, according to a study published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance. The researchers defined misuse as any way a doctor did not direct, including using the drug without a prescription or more often or longer than prescribed. Misuse was highest among young adults 18 to 25 (5.6 percent) and was as common as prescribed use.

APA Calls for Vigorous Appeal of Federal Judge’s Ruling Striking Down the Affordable Care Act

In the wake of a federal district court judge’s ruling striking down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) today calls for a vigorous appeal effort to protect access to health care for millions of Americans.

APA Calls on D.C. Government to Protect Access to Training for Howard University’s Medical Students

The Council of the District of Columbia today is holding a meeting to discuss a future hospital on the site of St. Elizabeths East Campus in Ward 8. As part of the discussion, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is requesting accommodations be made to ensure that medical students at nearby Howard University be given access to train and work.

APA’s CEO and Medical Director Comments on the Passing of President H.W. Bush

In the wake of the passing of President H.W. Bush at the age of 94, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:

APA Reiterates Strong Opposition to Conversion Therapy

In the wake of recent popular entertainment portrayals of conversion therapy, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) today reiterates its long-standing opposition to the practice. APA made clear with its 1998 position statement that “APA opposes any psychiatric treatment, such as “reparative” or “conversion” therapy, that is based on the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or is based on the a priori assumption that the patient should change his or her homosexual orientation.”

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