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Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2021 – Americans are currently facing several ongoing disasters that have caused death and suffering, such as COVID-19, the wind-down in Afghanistan, floods, fires, hurricanes and gun violence. While many Americans are mourning, some may experience prolonged grief disorder, which is characterized by incapacitating feelings of grief.

Prolonged grief disorder was recently added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a volume published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) that defines and classifies mental disorders. It can happen when someone close to the bereaved person has died within at least 6 months for children and adolescents, or within at least 12 months for adults.

In prolonged grief disorder, the bereaved individual may experience intense longings for the deceased or preoccupation with thoughts of the deceased, or in...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 23, 2021

Washington, D.C., Sept. 22, 2021 – A new book from APA Publishing, Technological Addictions, is a wake-up call alerting the medical community—and society at large—to the addictive potential of technology. Edited by Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., and James Sherer, M.D., the book provides context and understanding around potential addiction to a variety of technologies, along with discussion of assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

As technology becomes increasingly integrated into every facet of modern life, technological addictions are also becoming increasingly prevalent. The book addresses the difference between the functional, healthy engagement with technology—ubiquitous and necessary in our everyday lives—and...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 22, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 14, 2021 – The September issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are available online.

The American Journal of Psychiatry is the most widely read psychiatric journal in the world. The September issue offers a collection of articles on improving treatment outcomes for various disorders, including opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder, ADHD, anorexia nervosa, and cardiovascular disease in people with psychiatric disorders. Among the research featured in the September issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry:

  • Disparities in Screening and Treatment of...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 14, 2021

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Washington, D.C., September 10, 2021 — Today 18 organizations announced their support for the Collaborate in an Orderly and Cohesive Manner (COCM) Act which will improve access to evidence-based mental health and substance use care by supporting and investing in the implementation of the Collaborative Care Model in primary care offices.

In the Collaborative Care Model, a primary care physician, a...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 10, 2021

Washington, D.C., Sept. 10, 2021 – As we approach the 20th anniversary, the American Psychiatric Association pauses to mourn the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. We send our thoughts and support to the family members and friends of those who died, as we reflect on our own indelible memories of that day.

We salute the first responders in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania who bravely put themselves into harm’s way to rescue as many people as they could. We think of the efforts of psychiatrists and mental health clinicians in those regions, who from the very beginning treated many who suffered from trauma, from substance use disorders, and from other mental illness as a result of this tragedy. We remember the service members who deployed across the world in the resulting wars, and the families they had to...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 10, 2021

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