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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3, 2021 – The December 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 December issue is dedicated to “New Insights into Major Depression and the Treatment of Bipolar Depression,” including:

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Dec 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2, 2021 – According to a new poll, Americans are five times more likely to say their level of stress increases rather than decreases (41% to 7%) during the holidays. This year, top areas of concern are contracting COVID-19 during gatherings (38%), and finding (40%) and affording (46%) gifts. The unvaccinated are less worried than the vaccinated about contracting COVID-19 (28% to 43%). Additionally, nearly half of adults (47%) are anxious about missing family members around the holidays.

The poll, conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) was fielded between November 17-21, 2021, among a nationally representative sample of 2,119 adults.

“This holiday season, as many are returning to pre-COVID traditions like seeing family and shopping, it’s...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Dec 2, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 29, 2021 – Referrals from primary care providers (PCPs) to Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) programs increased and involved more complex mental health concerns, particularly regarding mood and anxiety, during the pandemic, according to a new study published online today in Psychiatric Services. These trends underscore the importance of these programs to supporting the growing need for children’s mental health care.

PMHCA programs provide training, consultation, and resource-referral support to primary care providers (PCPs), thereby increasing children’s access to mental health care. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration began providing support for PMHCAs in 2018 and expanded the effort in...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 22, 2021 – More Americans than ever are placing bets on sports online, according to many recent reports. The vast majority of people who gamble are able to do so without any long-lasting problems, but research has shown that up to 1 percent of the population currently has a gambling disorder. Gambling disorder involves repeated, problem gambling. Despite significant personal and familial problems caused by the individual’s behavior, those with gambling disorder struggle to control their gambling.

In the midst of the widespread adoption of online gambling, APA Publishing has released the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 22, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 19, 2021 – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Build Back Better Act, which, among its $2 trillion in spending, includes significant needed investments in mental health and substance use disorder care. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) applauds the House for including these provisions in the Act and urges the Senate to ensure they are retained in the final reconciliation package.

Among the many health care provisions APA supports are those expanding:

    • Mental Health Parity: The 2008 federal parity law requires that insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) services be no more restrictive than coverage for other medical care. Full compliance with this law has yet to be achieved but is essential given the...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 19, 2021

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