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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29, 2021 – As heat waves, hurricanes and fires are impacting millions across the country, the American Psychiatric Association offers some tips and resources on coping with the mental health impacts of aftermath of disaster-related trauma.

Disasters and other traumatic events can have tremendous psychological impacts on those who are affected directly and indirectly. Following a disaster, most will ultimately do well and return to their previous level of functioning. However, many people will initially experience distressing thoughts, feelings, and physical symptoms and may engage in risky behaviors to help cope. Common reactions in adults after a disaster may include trouble sleeping; feeling sad, depressed, irritable or numb; having trouble concentrating; having headaches, stomachaches...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 26, 2021 – Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers to put patients as well as residents of long-term care facilities first and take all steps necessary to ensure their health and well-being.

Because of highly contagious variants, including the Delta variant, and significant numbers of unvaccinated people, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are once again rising throughout the United States.1 Vaccination is the primary way to put the pandemic behind us and avoid the return of stringent public health...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 26, 2021

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 19, 2021 – The July 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. Its July issue offers a collection of articles discussing the impacts of structural racism, socioeconomic deprivation and stigmatization on mental health. This includes the article From Womb to Neighborhood: A Racial Analysis of Social Determinants of Psychosis in the United States, which...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 19, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 16, 2021 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report this week revealing a 30% increase in overdose deaths in 2020 compared to 2019. This constitutes the largest increase in at least 50 years and represents the deaths of more than 93,000 Americans from drug overdoses.

“This week’s CDC report is a devastating reminder that the opioid crisis continues and, as we suspected, reached tragically high levels during the pandemic,” said American Psychiatric Association (APA) President Vivian Pender, M.D. “It’s critical that policymakers continue to take action to save lives, and that families and patients know that treatment works.”

APA renews its calls for:

  • Improved access to mental health...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 16, 2021

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