DoD and VA kick off new Interagency Coordination of Complex Care Effort

The Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced its ongoing effort to ease the transition for service members who require complex care management as they transition from the DoD system of health care to VA or within each system. The effort is designed to ease the burden for service members and Veterans,Read More

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1 Photo, 6 Words. #VetoViolence: Suicide Prevention

In August 2015, CDC and SAMSHA asked you to create unique photos/images with 6 words on how you prevent suicide. Here is your response. Print PDF

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Prevalence of Healthy Sleep Duration among Adults

Research shows that short sleep duration (<7 hours per night) is associated with greater likelihoods of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, frequent mental distress, and death. The first state-specific estimates of the prevalence of a ≥7 hour sleep duration in a 24-hour period show geographic clustering of lower prevalence estimates forRead More

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A BRIGHT Technological Future for Mental Health Trials

Playing games, watching movies, and paying bills through smartphones and tablets has become commonplace. Americans are used to doing almost everything through the technology in their pockets. Is mobile mental health research the next frontier in this smartphone revolution? Based on Dr. Patricia Areán’s  pioneering BRIGHTEN study, research via smartphone app is already a reality.Read More

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Symptoms Outdo Diagnoses in Predicting Bipolar Disorder in At-Risk Youth

Three types of symptoms emerged as powerful predictors of whether a youth with one parent with bipolar disorder will go on to develop the disorder, according to a study of 391 at-risk youth. The findings offer a much more specific roadmap than previously available for assessing risk of bipolar disorder early in at-risk youth, andRead More

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Psychophysiology: Special Issue Features RDoC Initiative

The March 2016 issue of the journal Psychophysiology will be a special one focused on NIMH’s Research Domain Criteria (RDoC)initiative. As special editors of the issue, Drs. Christopher Patrick and Greg Hajcak offer a fresh perspective on the initiative and a platform for discussion among researchers involved in RDoC-related research. RDoC is a research frameworkRead More

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Mental Health Caregivers under “High Emotional Stress”

It may not come as news to anyone who cares for a mentally ill loved one that the stress is enormous, but a new survey of 1,600 unpaid caregivers still contains startling – and sobering – findings about the toll such caregiving takes on those of us in this role. Three-quarters of the participants reportedRead More

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WORLD BIPOLAR DAY

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World Bipolar Day is celebrated annually on March 30, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who is believed to have had bipolar disorder. World Bipolar Day is a day to remember that those who have bipolar disorder are capable of achieving great things and to remind them that they are not alone, for the generalRead More

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HOW TO START AND GROW A SA GROUP

By Margery Wakefield Welcome to SA (Schizophrenics Anonymous)! I understand that you want to start an SA group, and that is great! This is a brief primer on how to do just that. First, some background about myself. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 19. I went through a period of denial, but finallyRead More

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Interview: Mental Health, Gun Violence and The Constitution

After the December 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, President Obama told the reporters at his White House press conference he was tired of having to take the podium and discuss yet another senseless massacre. “We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in theRead More

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