Ready to set up your medication reminder?

Never forget to take your medication again. Here’s How: Go to the app store on your iPhone or iPad Click on the Updates button in the bottom right-hand corner Find your SARDAA Health Storylines App and press Update Once updated, go into your SARDAA Health Storylines App and click on your Medication Tracker Press UpdateRead More

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Scientists open the ‘black box’ of schizophrenia with dramatic genetic discovery

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For the first time, scientists have pinned down a molecular process in the brain that helps to trigger schizophrenia. The researchers involved in the landmark study, which was published Wednesday in the journal Nature, say the discovery of this new genetic pathway probably reveals what goes wrong neurologically in a young person diagnosed with the devastating disorder.Read More

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Study in mice shows how brain ignores distractions; NIH-supported scientists map out circuitry that may be involved in autism, ADHD, and schizophrenia

In a study of mice, scientists discovered that a brain region called the thalamus may be critical for filtering out distractions. The study, published in Nature and partially funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), paves the way to understanding how defects in the thalamus might underlie symptoms seen in patients with autism, attentionRead More

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Medicaid to Cover New Treatment for First Episode Psychosis Based on NIMH-Funded Research; Coordinated specialty care may become more readily available

On October 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted an informational bulletin to State Medicaid Directors about covering treatment for first episode psychosis. A key feature of this bulletin is CMS’ support for coordinated specialty care, the evidence-based treatment approach tested in the NIMH RAISE initiative. To read the informational bulletin,Read More

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Tragic Results when Individuals with schizophrenia-related brain disorders are left to deteriorate until their actions provoke a police response

People with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than other civilians approached or stopped by law enforcement, according to our new study. “Overlooked in the Undercounted: The Role of Mental Illness in Fatal Law Enforcement Encounters” urges lawmakers to reduce loss of life and the manyRead More

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Do something to move your health forward today

Regardless of where you are and what’s holding you back, use today as the catalyst to move your care in the right direction. Whether it’s going for a walk, or just getting out of bed, put your health in the palm of your hands and do something to better yourself. Studies show that keeping trackRead More

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Distinct ‘Biotypes’ Identified That Cross Clinical Psychosis Diagnoses

Three neurobiologically distinct psychosis “biotypes” have been identified that appear to cross clinical diagnostic boundaries for schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder with psychosis, according to a report appearing online in AJP in Advance. The study illustrates how distinct neurobiological biotypes can, through multiple pathways, lead to clinically similar psychosis manifestations. And the findings may leadRead More

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Advanced Training for Addiction and Mental Health Professionals

While addiction may be an equal-opportunity disease, it affects women differently than men especially with regard to co-occurring mental health conditions. Recognizing these differences can be critical in helping women find the most-effective diagnosis, care, and recovery support. Hear leading experts share their insight, perspectives, experience, and hope at the Betty Ford Center’s 2016 Women’sRead More

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Post Columnist Defends Deeds’ Lawsuit, Cites My Blogs Warning About “Streeting”

Here’s a brief extract from an intriguing blog article by PETE EARLEY. To read the complete article, please click here. Before anyone feels sorry for state mental health officials who are being sued by Virginia state Senator Creigh Deeds, they should do what my favorite columnist at The Washington Post has done. Take time to read several blogsRead More

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Get your eating habits on track this Winter

Unfortunately, with colder weather and shorter days, we often get distracted from focusing on the important aspects of our self care and forget keep up with our healthy habits. Meal tracking does more than just manage what you’re eating; it gives you insight onto how your body responds to different things. If you haven’t already,Read More

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