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

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Overcoming Life’s Obstacles by Shari Strong

 

SARDAA Health Storylines – Ready to name your moods?

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 help you name your feelings and describe why you feel that way. We know that by doing so you will learn a lot about yourself and be better able to understand your emotions and what causes them.

 

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!

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 early can increase a patient’s risk of symptom relapse or, in the case of group therapy, compromise the dynamic of the group.

“Unfortunately, there is no simple answer that explains CBT dropout,” psychologist Joshua Swift, Ph.D., head of the Psychotherapy Process and Outcome Research Lab at Idaho State University, told Psychiatric News. “There are many factors that stem from both the nature of talk therapy and the nature of the patient’s disease.”

To read more about the news update, please click here to visit psychiatryonline.org

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 awareness about diseases and drugs to treat them and thereby prompt some patients to visit a physician, the ultimate goal of DTCA is to drive demand for a product, which may affect the overall cost of drugs. A number of other resolutions and reports at the meeting were devoted to the issue of escalating drug prices.

To read more about the news update, please click here to visit psychenews.org

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. These individuals are estimated to be losing 28.5 years of life, primarily because of natural causes. Eighty-five percent of the premature deaths were due to largely preventable conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease.

To read the complete news story, please click here.

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 Care Pharmacy’s NEXUS 2015 Congress.

To read a detailed article, please click here.

 

What is an #UNselfie?

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.
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Why do you give?  It can be that you give through your volunteer efforts, cash, or a non-cash donation.
Here are a few reasons people give to SARDAA:
  • I give to SARDAA because I want to help individuals diagnosed with a schizophrenia-related brain illnesses.
  • I give to SARDAA because people deserve to be treated not punished.
After you have taken the picture, post the picture to your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and tag SARDAA (with Facebook tag the picture, with Twitter use @sardaa_org) using the hashtags #givingtuesday #unselfie

You can also email your unselfie to Nicole.dunavant@sardaa.org and we will post it for you!  Help us to spread the word about SARDAA.

Thank you for your support!

 

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. , of Columbia University and colleagues updated a previous analysis from 2001 to 2005 to include data from 2006 to 2009.

Overall, clozapine accounted for 4.8% of antipsychotic use in schizophrenia from 2006 to 2009, with a slight decline during this period (5.7% in 2006 to 4.3% in 2009). Clozapine was least commonly used in the Deep South (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama) and more commonly used in New England, the Rocky Mountain West, and Washington. The highest rate of clozapine prescribing was in South Dakota (15.6%) and the lowest was in Louisiana (2.0%).

The authors of the analysis noted several factors associated with low clozapine use: fiscal stress, inadequate staffing to monitor clozapine, patient reluctance about blood monitoring, and concerns over tolerability.

To read the complete article on Psychiatric Alert, please click here.

How to Help Save the Mentally Ill From Themselves

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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-year struggle with mental illness.

Matthew was a brilliant, warm, funny, compassionate and empathetic person. He was a national champion high school debater and celebrated standup comic who excelled in his studies at Princeton, then moved to Hollywood, where he and his debate partners created a sharp and witty show called “Master Debaters.”

At age 24, Matthew had a sudden psychotic break, and that began a difficult decade-long journey for him and for his family and friends. Whatever his illness — his condition was never formally diagnosed, but he probably suffered from bipolar disorder — Matthew was particularly afflicted by one component of his illness: anosognosia, the inability of a person to recognize that he or she is ill. Since Matthew was over 18, neither family members nor professionals had any legal authority to get him treatment for the symptoms that kept him from living a stable life.

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