The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today pauses to remember the life of Former First Lady Roslynn Carter. Few, if any, other Americans have been able to accomplish what she did for the cause of mental health. Mrs. Carter worked relentlessly to help the millions of people in this country who have mental illness or substance use disorders. She used her bully pulpit to bring the conversation about mental health out from the darkness and to advocate for a more comprehensive system of care.
As the holiday season approaches, most Americans say that small acts of kindness make them feel better, and that is true for both giving and receiving those acts. And acts of kindness were happening: in the past three months, 93% of Americans reported having done something kind, including 69% who had said hello to a stranger, 68% who reported holding a door open for someone, and 65% who had given someone a compliment. Among other options surveyed:
Nueva encuesta: Los pequeños actos de amabilidad hacen que la mayoría de los estadounidenses se sientan mejor
Ya que se acercan las fiestas navideñas, la mayoría de los estadounidenses afirman en una nueva encuesta de la asociación psiquiátrica americana (APA) que los pequeños actos de amabilidad les hacen sentir mejor, y eso es cierto tanto para dar como para recibir esos actos. Y se producen los actos de bondad: en los últimos tres meses, el 93% de los estadounidenses declararon haber hecho algo amable, incluido el 69% que había saludado a un desconocido, el 68% que declaró haberle abierto la puerta a alguien y el 65% que la había hecho un cumplido a alguien.
Media Advisory: APA Releases New Recommendations for Reporters Covering the AAPI Community and Anti-AAPI Hate and Violence
The unprecedented rise in anti-AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) hate incidents and crimes that began during the COVID pandemic has taken a heavy mental health toll on the AAPI community — high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma-related symptoms have been reported.
Top Ten Things Physicians and the Public Should Know about Addiction; Resources Developed by Medical Associations Released Today
Today, four major U.S. medical associations released educational resources highlighting what physicians and the public should know about addiction. The American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), collaborated on the development of two “Top Ten” lists. These resources, with succinct and powerful facts about addiction, are aimed at helping to raise awareness, increase understanding, and combat the stigma associated with addiction and seeking treatment.
November Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Cover New Insights in Psychotic Disorders Barriers to Addiction Treatment, Bipolar Disorder Treatment, and More
The latest issues of three American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services and Focus, are now available online.
AVISO A LOS MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN: Con menos horas de luz, cambio de hora y tiempo más frio, nueva encuesta de la APA y expertos de trastorno afectivo estacional disponibles
¿QUÉ ES EL TRASTORNO AFECTIVO ESTACIONAL? El trastorno afectivo estacional es una forma de depresión también conocido como depresión estacional o depresión invernal. Los síntomas suelen ocurrir durante los meses de otoño e invierno cuando hay menos luz solar y suelen mejorar con la llegada de la primavera.
Media Advisory: With Fewer Daylight Hours, Time Change and Colder Weather Coming, New APA Polling; Experts Available on Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression also known as SAD, seasonal depression or winter depression. The symptoms usually occur during the fall and winter months when there is less sunlight and usually improve with the arrival of spring.
American Psychiatric Association Honors Sen. Chris Murphy with Jacob K. Javits Award for Public Service
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) presented Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) with the Jacob K. Javits Award for Public Service during its Federal Advocacy Conference today. Sen. Murphy is recognized for his leadership and dedication in advancing mental health policy in Congress that has led to the passing of critical bipartisan legislation to help improve the lives of millions of Americans with mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD).
The rapid transition to virtual care that occurred with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in better continuity of psychotherapy visits compared to prior to the pandemic when almost all visits were in-person, according to new research published in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition, the time between appointments grew shorter after the transition to virtual care. The study results highlight the benefits of continued availability of virtual psychotherapy.
The American Psychiatric Association condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Israel. Innocent civilians should never have to endure the violence and chaos that happened last weekend. APA sends our support to all those affected in Israel and around the world. We mourn those who were lost and call for the immediate return of all hostages to their families. The scale of this terrorist act and the harm it is causing is unfathomable.
October Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Look at Factors Influencing Depression and PTSD, Guidance on Handling Drugs Laced with Fentanyl, and More
The latest issues of three of the American Psychiatric Association’s journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services and The American Journal of Psychotherapy are now available online. The October issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry is focused on research devoted to understanding factors influencing depression, PTSD, and suicidal behavior.