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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today urged Congress to take several measures to curb the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a continuance of expanded telehealth rules, the enforcement of the parity law that requires insurers to cover mental health the same as physical health, as well as the collection and analysis of detailed data on the racial disparities in the mental health effects of COVID-19.

APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H., made these recommendations today during testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health. The virtual hearing, titled "High Anxiety...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 30, 2020

JUNE 16, 2020 - The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the National Medical Association (NMA) stand together in expressing our condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the family of George Floyd. His murder was a senseless act of violence that we forcefully condemn.

Systemic racism is evident in America, as seen by police violence against Black Americans, including young children (Tamir Rice), those inside their own homes (Breonna Taylor), those shot in the back (Rayshard Brooks), as well as others involved in harmless acts (Eric Garner). Systemic racism is also apparent in the health disparities in Black communities as evidenced by their much higher mortality rates from COVID-19. We cannot and will not accept this.

As organizations whose members care for the underserved and ethnic minority patients, both the APA...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 16, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16, 2020 – Research out today identifies traits among high-risk adolescents associated with increased risk for gun use. Among high-risk adolescents, those with greater callous-unemotional traits were more likely to carry a gun and to use a gun during a crime over a four-year period following an initial arrest, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Callous-unemotional traits refer to individuals with limited guilt, reduced empathy, reduced displays of appropriate emotion, and a lack of concern over performance in important activities. An estimated 25% - 30% of adolescents with serious conduct problems have callous-unemotional traits and they have more persistent and severe aggression and worse treatment outcomes than adolescents without callous-unemotional traits....

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 16, 2020

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statements to mark the end of Dr. Patrice Harris’ one-year tenure as president of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest medical society with roughly 250,000 members. Dr. Harris is a Fellow of the APA and is a practicing psychiatrist, trained in child/adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

“We applaud Dr. Harris for the completion of a successful year as the leader of the AMA ,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “She served during a trying time in medicine as the COVID-19 pandemic began to arrive on our shores. She led the AMA as it pushed for resources for doctors on the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 8, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 4, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued guidance on the admittance and release of psychiatric patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is in response to efforts to either deny admittance to or prematurely release psychiatric patients under the guise of avoiding COVID-19 infection.

“It is simply irresponsible to prematurely release patients with serious mental illness from psychiatric inpatient settings into communities ill-prepared to treat them,” said APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. “Every patient should be in an environment where they receive treatment, care and supervision appropriate to their needs. Inpatient psychiatric units and hospitals are not hotbeds of COVID-19 infection, and in many instances are the safest alternative in the community.”

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 4, 2020



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