mental illness

Veterans Day and Treating PTSD

Veterans Day Today is Veterans Day, a time for every American to acknowledge the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces. Across the country, people are gathering for parades and events to honor those who have made the greatest sacrifice for this country. However, Veterans Day is about more than parades,...
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Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force

We have a come a long way with regard to insuring people with mental health disorders in the United States. In the last decade alone, with the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), more Americans than ever are able to access lifesaving treatment. Insurance...
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Decriminalizing Personal Drug Use

Government officials and law enforcement agencies have been waging a “war on drugs” since 1971. For over forty years, it goes without saying, not only has the war not been won, it has only served to ruin the lives of millions of Americans. While there is little question over whether or not drugs are bad...
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Treating Depression With Esketamine

Depression is a mental health disorder which affects millions of Americans, and even more around the globe. Left untreated, this mental illness can severely impact the quality of one’s life. People will often turn to drugs and/or alcohol to cope. While self-medication may provide some temporary relief, in the long run such actions only serve...
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Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

It has been some busy couple weeks in the U.S. House of Representatives with regard to addiction and mental illness. After years of hard work and difficult negotiations, the House adopted the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA). The bill is meant to address the American opioid epidemic, a crisis that now takes...
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Child Psychiatry Lacks Popularity

In the United States, we have a long history of leaving people with mental illness behind. Two of the major causalities for this is the fact that there is a huge stigma associated with mental illness and it is an extremely difficult to gain access to adequate care. The result is that millions of Americans...
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Will You Take The Pledge To Fight Mental Health Stigma?

“It is an odd paradox that a society, which can now speak openly and unabashedly about topics that were once unspeakable, still remains largely silent when it comes to mental illness.” – Glenn Close Men·tal ˈmen(t)l/ adjective of or relating to the mind. Health helTH/ noun the state of being free from illness or injury....
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Low-Level Drug Offenders Still Face Prosecution

Anyone who has any experience with addiction, whether personal use or knowing someone who has struggled with the insidious disease, is likely aware that there is little someone with a substance use disorder wouldn’t do or say in order to maintain their habit. This is not the result of a lack of willpower, constitution or...
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Smokers May Have Increased Risk of Mental Health Disorders

In the 21st Century it probably goes without saying that the vast majority of adults are aware of the health risks associated with smoking cigarettes. If you were to ask a smoker, former smoker or non smoker about the potential dangers of smoking they would probably answer you by listing a multitude of cancers and...
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Innovative Technologies for Mental Illness

Mental health is extremely complicated, and can be difficult to treat effectively. While behavioral health therapies have made leaps and bound over the last several decades, there is still a lot more that can be done, especially when you compare the aforementioned field with other areas of the healthcare sector. Fortunately, the millions of Americans...
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