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May 21, 2022

New Study: Expatriates Experience Anxiety, Helplessness, When Traumatic Events Occur in Their Home Country 

A new study presented today at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting found that traumatic incidents in their home countries can harm the mental health of expatriates months after the traumatic incident, regardless of how long they have been away from their country, and even if they did not witness the traumatic incident firsthand. The mental health impact was larger among female and younger expatriates.

May 21, 2022

New Study Tests a Curriculum for Medical Students on Detecting and Treating Opioid Use Disorder

From December 2020 to December 2021 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. increased by nearly 15%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the nearly 71,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2019, 70% involved opioids. A presentation at this year’s American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting examined one approach to ending this crisis: offering focused training as part of the medical student curriculum.

May 21, 2022

APA Gives Back to New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic

Today American Psychiatric Association (APA) President Vivian Pender presented the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic’s Director of Psychiatry, John J. Hutchings, with a donation of $xx,xxxx as part of its annual APA Gives Back program. Now in its 13th year, APA Gives Back provides an opportunity for the organization, its members, and Annual Meeting attendees to support a charitable organization in the city in which the meeting is held.

May 18, 2022

APA Collaborates with YouTube to Develop Fact-based Mental Health Content; Receives “Accredited Health Educator” Label 

Over the better part of a decade, health-related searches on social media platforms have increased exponentially. YouTube has more than 2 billion monthly logged-in users and every day, people watch over a billion hours of video and generate billions of views. To connect Americans with evidence-based information about mental health, the American Psychiatric Association has recently ramped up its efforts on this important platform.

May 03, 2022

Study Finds a Decrease in Availability of Spanish Language Mental Health Services

Between 2014 and 2019, the proportion of facilities in the U.S. offering mental health treatment in Spanish declined by 17.8% — a loss of 1,163 Spanish-speaking mental health facilities, according to new research published in Psychiatric Services. Over the same time period, the Hispanic population in the U.S. increased by 4.5% or 5.2 million people. 

April 12, 2022

American Psychiatric Association Launches New Maternal Mental Health Effort Aimed at Identifying Clinician Training Gaps

A recent study in Psychiatric Services documented that 51% of pregnant women with a major depressive episode did not receive any mental health treatment. Untreated mental illness is risky for pregnant mothers and their babies, and although the topic is generally under-researched, safe pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for pregnant women do exist. A new effort from the American Psychiatric Association (APA), led by Diana E. Clarke, Ph.D., managing director of research and senior epidemiologist/research statistician, will gauge psychiatrists’ and other mental health clinicians’ experience with and attitudes around treating pregnant women with mental and substance use disorders and identify training gaps.

April 11, 2022

Two-Thirds of Black Americans Believe Climate Change Is Hurting Americans’ Health, According to New Poll

According to the latest Healthy Minds Monthly* poll from the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Black Americans are more concerned than Americans overall about the health impacts of climate change. More than two-thirds (67%) of Black American adults believe climate change is already hurting Americans’ health (58% of all adults), and more than half (54%) agree that it’s impacting their mental health (48% of all adults). In addition, more than half of Black Americans (51%) reported being anxious about climate change’s impact on future generations.

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