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Wed June 10, 2015

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CHICAGO, June 10, 2015 — Patrice Harris, M.D., a psychiatrist and past member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Board of Trustees, was voted into office as Chair-Elect of the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees earlier today.

The Board of Trustees is an elected body of 21 physicians who guide the AMA as it sets standards and policy for the medical profession. “I am thrilled that Dr. Harris will serve as Chair-Elect on the AMA Board,” said APA President Renee Binder, M.D. “The APA Board of Trustees is looking forward to working with her as both groups strive to improve and advance the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 11, 2015

Thu June 04, 2015

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ARLINGTON, Va. June 4, 2015 – Today the American Psychiatric Association (APA) praised U.S. Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) for their reintroduction of comprehensive mental health reform legislation, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.

“The nation’s mental health system needs reform and investment—especially on behalf of patients and families living with serious mental illness. We applaud Representatives Murphy and Johnson,” said APA President Renée Binder, M.D. “Among the many important provisions of this bill are strengthening enforcement of mental health parity,...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 8, 2015

Thu May 21, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. May 21, 2015 — Renée Binder, M.D., began her one-year term as President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the conclusion of the APA Annual Meeting in Toronto on May 20, and Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., began her term as President-elect.

APA President Renée Binder, M.D.
APA President Renée Binder, M.D.

At the APA Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony, Binder said that the theme of her presidency of the world's largest psychiatry organization will be 'Claiming...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 21, 2015

Sun May 17, 2015

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TORONTO – Analysis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) communications effort about the Ebola outbreak in 2014 found significant room for improvement, including more focus on offering people things to do and less over-reassurance. During the recent Ebola crisis, significant mental health distress was found in individuals who had the disease, were quarantined, worked with people with Ebola or feared acquiring the disease.

Researchers Daniel Witter, M.D., Ph.D., Kyle Dalton and Joseph Thornton, M.D., evaluated CDC’s communication strategy based on guidelines on infectious disease risk communication...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 18, 2015

Sun May 17, 2015

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TORONTO – Important risk factors for suicide are often missed in emergency room assessments, according to research being presented at the American Psychiatric Association's 168th Annual Meeting. More than 40,000 people in the United States die by suicide each year and suicidal behavior is one of the most common reasons for emergency room visits. A great deal of research has focused on the ability to predict death by suicide. However, despite understanding of a number of identifiable risk factors, completed suicide remains essentially unpredictable with current tools and assessments.

Researchers Taras Reshetukha, M.D...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 18, 2015

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