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Mental Health Services – Lack of Parity

December 11, 2019

“In an effort to shine a spotlight on this issue, The Kennedy Forum, along with Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.) and the heads of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America, recently submitted a letter to Chairman Frank Pallone of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Bobby Scott of the House Education and Labor Committee more »

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16 Myths About Depression

December 10, 2019

This article describes some of the most common myths surrounding depression, why they are misleading, and the facts to know. In 2017, around 7.1% of all adults in the United States experienced at least one episode of major depression. This makes it one of the most common mental health conditions in the U.S. Despite this, many myths continue to surround more »

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How The Loss Of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led To A Mental Health Crisis

December 9, 2019

A severe shortage of inpatient care for people with mental illness is amounting to a public health crisis, as the number of individuals struggling with a range of psychiatric problems continues to rise. The revelation that the gunman in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting escaped from a psychiatric hospital in 2012 is renewing concerns more »

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How The Loss Of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led To A Mental Health Crisis

December 6, 2019

A severe shortage of inpatient care for people with mental illness is amounting to a public health crisis, as the number of individuals struggling with a range of psychiatric problems continues to rise. The revelation that the gunman in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting escaped from a psychiatric hospital in 2012 is renewing concerns more »

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For Many Soldiers, Mental-Health Issues Start Before Enlistment

Childhood trauma can be amplified by military service, studies show; emphasis on providing consistent mental-health care. Combat experience is often blamed as the root cause of suicidal behavior among veterans. But ongoing Army studies show that many troops with mental-health problems can trace them back to trauma experienced before they joined the military. “There is more »

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Black Mothers Get Less Treatment For Postpartum Depression Than Other Moms

Nationally, postpartum depression affects 1 in 7 mothers. Medical guidelines recommend counseling for all women experiencing postpartum depression, and many women also find relief by taking general antidepressants, such as fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft). In March, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug specifically for the treatment of postpartum depression … But those advances more »

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The Crisis in Teen Suicide

December 4, 2019

Parents, teachers, clinicians, pediatricians, and politicians must work together to address this crisis. In October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that after a stable period from 2000 to 2007, the rate of suicide among those aged 10 to 24 increased dramatically — by 56 percent — between 2007 and 2017, making suicide more »

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Laughing Matters

November 28, 2019

“Laughing Matters” was originally titled “It’s Not That Funny”.  It is a 30 minute documentary-short that brings comedians together for an honest look and real conversations about comedy, mental health, and the funny business of being sad. Comedians Chris Gethard, Sara Benincasa, Rainn Wilson, Rachel Bloom,  Baron Vaughn, Sarah Silverman and others discuss how anxiety, more »

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Adversity in Childhood

November 27, 2019

Adverse childhood experiences – “ACEs are different traumatic and stressful situations that can impact children and teens under the age of 18 worldwide. Many ACEs are linked to increased physical and emotional problems in adulthood. But problems can also appear much earlier. Trauma-related childhood behavior can be hard to notice and easy to misread. For more »

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Instagram and Mental Health

November 26, 2019

“Today, 500 million people will check their Instagram. And many will keep checking, and checking and checking because humans seem to crave the platform’s visual and social rewards. But excessive social media use can be problematic, leading to sleep disruption, productivity loss and interpersonal conflicts.”  Young people are at higher risk of excessive use of more »

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