A Mother’s Message: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles by Shari Strong

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SARDAA Health Storylines – Ready to name your moods?

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The holidays can be a deeply emotional time for many of us. An emotion is a type of feeling and naming your emotions can help you better manage them. Brain scans show that putting negative emotions into words calms the brain’s emotional center. So use the Daily Moods health tool on SARDAA Health Storylines to helpRead More

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Watch video to learn more about SARDAA Health Storylines

Whether you are new to using the app or you have been using it for a while there is always more to learn. Click on the video below to learn more about using your SARDAA Health Storylines app! Print PDF

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Early Engagement Is Key to Preventing CBT Dropout

Early improvements in well-being may be more responsible for CBT discontinuation than the therapy not working, so therapists should work with patients to ensure a long-term plan for progress. Although cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective at treating a range of psychiatric disorders, many patients discontinue therapy prematurely. Withdrawing from therapy earlyRead More

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AMA Calls for Ban on Direct-to-Consumer Ads, Citing Impact on Drug Costs

The American Medical Association called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which oversees prescription drug advertising, to ban direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA), citing its effect on rising pharmaceutical prices. At the Interim Meeting of the AMA’s House of Delegates in Atlanta, in November 2015, delegates who voted for the resolution said that although DTCA may increase awarenessRead More

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Combating Early Death in People with Serious Mental Illness

A recent article  and commentary  in JAMA Psychiatry contain some disturbing statistics about early death for people with serious mental illness (SMI). Mark Olfson’s team followed a group of 1.1 million people with schizophrenia and found that, during the study period, they were more than 3.5 times more likely to die than the general population.Read More

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Largest Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder Caregiver Survey Reveals Overwhelming Burden and Inadequate Assistance

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced results of “A Large-Scale Survey of Caregivers of Persons with Schizophrenia and/or Schizoaffective Disorder Designed to Identify Unmet Needs” that showed caregiving is a significant burden and caregivers lack sufficient support and assistance. The study was recently presented at the Academy of Managed CareRead More

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What is an #UNselfie?

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It can be YOUR way of “giving.”  Take a picture of yourself with an explanation of why you give to SARDAA.  You can use SARDAA’s #givingtuesday template (Click here for the template), a blank piece of scrap paper, or add a frame to your pictures.   Why do you give?  It can be that youRead More

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Continued Low Rate of Clozapine Use and Wide Variability Found in State Medicaid Programs

Clozapine continues to be dramatically underutilized—despite it being the only drug approved for treatment-resistant schizophrenia—and there appears to be significant variation among states in its use for patients in the Medicaid program. That’s the finding from an analysis of Medicaid data in 46 states published Monday in Psychiatric Services in Advance. Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H.Read More

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How to Help Save the Mentally Ill From Themselves

By NORMAN J. ORNSTEIN Published in The New York Times MY older son, Matthew Ornstein, died at age 34 on Jan. 3 from carbon monoxide poisoning. It was accidental — he fell asleep in a tent with a propane lantern — but his death was shaped by a lack of judgment driven by a 10-yearRead More

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