Electronic App May Help Schizophrenia Patients to Avoid Hallucinations

It turns out that the frontal lobe in the brains of schizophrenia patients does not function exactly the way it should. As a result, these patients have a lesser degree of impulse control and are unable to filter out their inner voices. “Every one of us hears inner voices or melodies from time to time. The differenceRead More

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Mental Health Now Covered Under ACA, but Not for Everyone

Several states are trying new experiments to ensure complete coverage, while others opt out altogether. Mix mental illness with politics and the business of health insurance, add heavy doses of stigma and judgment, and it’s not surprising that providing mental and behavioral health treatment is as complicated as ever, despite promising language in the AffordableRead More

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Murphy Discusses ‘Helping Families’ Legislation at APA Assembly

Patients with serious mental illness have a right to treatment and a right to get better. That’s what Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) said in an address this morning to the APA Assembly, in which he discussed the bill he is sponsoring in Congress titled the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” (HR 3717). TheRead More

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I am My Brother’s Keeper

I first came to understand mental illness through my brother’s experience. Never understanding what mental illness was until years later, I came to know my brother’s diagnosis as severe bipolar disorder. Watching my brother struggle is similar to observing a roller coaster: he will have manic episodes where he speaks quickly and paces up andRead More

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Steps Forward in Maryland

Our neighbor Maryland has long been among the very worst states in the union for those who cannot seek or agree to essential treatment for their severe mental illness. Marylanders in this condition (and the families who love them) currently face a tragic triple whammy: 1. A hospital commitment standard requiring a finding of “dangerRead More

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Rep. Peters Introduces Bipartisan ‘National Mental Health No Stigma Week’ Resolution

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced bipartisan legislation, as part of his efforts to promote wellness, to designate the first full week of May each year as “National Mental Health No Stigma Week.” As of introduction, 54 Members of Congress have signed on as supporting co-sponsors of the bill, and 34 medical, academic, and professional associations have statedRead More

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Colleagues Toast Dr. Torrey’s Career Achievements

Last Thursday, some of the world’s top mental illness researchers and advocates gathered at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to celebrate the many achievements of Dr. E. Fuller Torrey and to applaud him towards his continuing career with a Festschrift. Colleagues offered moving reflections on their relationships with Dr. Torrey, who has inspired,Read More

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Casual Marijuana Use Linked to Brain Changes

Using marijuana a few times a week is enough to physically alter critical brain structures, according to a new study published Tuesday in The Journal of Neuroscience. ….The study found volume, shape and density changes in two crucial brain areas — the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala — involved with emotion and motivation and some typesRead More

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Study Finds Most People Have Obsessive Behaviors or Thoughts

94% of the population experiences unwanted, intrusive thoughts. So, if you are one to check whether your hands are clean, imagine your house might be on fire, or worry that the gas or propane has not been turned off, you are not alone. Researchers clarify that the often devastating diagnosis of OCD is not a resultRead More

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