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ARLINGTON, Va. – At the close of the APA Annual Meeting on May 18 in Atlanta, Daniel Anzia, M.D., assumed the role of Speaker of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Assembly of District Branches.

Anzia is psychiatry department chair at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill., and Associate Professor at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA and a past president of the Illinois Psychiatric Society. Anzia completed medical school at Stanford University and his psychiatry residency at Loyola University of Chicago.

“The Assembly is highly energized and focused on the needs of our APA members and our patients,” Anzia said. “We’re working more smoothly together with the Board of Trustees and the Councils. Alongside the usual...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 19, 2016

ATLANTA – People seeking treatment from a psychiatrist through the three largest carriers in the Health Insurance Exchange Network in metro Washington, D.C. face a very difficult time—86 percent of network psychiatrists were either not reachable or not able to schedule a new visit, according to new study released today by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

In response to frequent complaints that patients are unable to find available psychiatrists in their network, APA worked with the APA Foundation to conduct a study of the three largest health insurance...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 16, 2016

ATLANTA – For both men and women being married is associated with significantly reduced risk for alcohol use disorder compared to unmarried individuals. The protective effects of marriage are even stronger for people with a high family risk of alcoholism according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association, and released here at the APA’s Annual Meeting.

The authors, led by Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D., professor of psychiatry and human and molecular genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, sought to clarify the relationship between marriage and risk for alcohol use disorder. They examined data from more than three...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 16, 2016

ATLANTA – Nearly two-thirds of Americans say untreated mental illness has a significant negative impact on the U.S. economy and more than 75 percent believe mental health reform is important in addressing societal challenges like high suicide rates and access to care, but only 5 percent of Americans believe Congress has made mental health a top priority. This is according to a new national poll released today by the American Psychiatric Association.

Democrats and Republicans alike are lukewarm around which of the presidential candidates would “best ensure that the needs of those living with mental health issues are met.” Among the total sample, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton came in the highest at 21 percent (36 percent among all Democrats), with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders a close second at 19 percent (30...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 15, 2016

ATLANTA – As part of the American Psychiatric Association’s annual “APA Gives Back” program, APA President Renée Binder, M.D., presented a donation of $20,000 to Skyland Trail during the Opening Session of the APA Annual Meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Now in its seventh year, APA Gives Back provides an opportunity for APA, its members, and Annual Meeting attendees to support a community mental health organization in the city hosting the Annual Meeting. Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized, nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults through evidence-based psychiatric treatment and education. Skyland Trail President and CEO Beth Finnerty and Chief Medical Officer Ray Kotwicki, M.D., M.P.H., an APA member, were on hand...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 15, 2016

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