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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

Sun May 17, 2015

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TORONTO – New research presented here at the American Psychiatric Association's 168th Annual Meeting explored the recruitment strategies of both international and domestic extremist groups. Through a literature review focusing on Islamic groups abroad and white power groups within the United States, medical student David Brown found that both groups "portray... themselves as victims of an oppressive force who must assume the role of heroes or champions to a global threat."

This new research argues that effective counter-terrorist tactics should undermine the “champion” narrative and emphasize non-violent alternatives...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 18, 2015

Thu May 07, 2015

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Erin Connors, 703-907-8562
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Resources from American Psychiatric Foundation Help Parents and Educators Support Children’s Mental Health

ARLINGTON, Va. – Each year, the American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) works with thousands of health providers, parents and school districts to raise awareness of children’s mental health issues. Today, this work will take center stage during the 10th annual National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and APF are co-hosting Strengthening Communities by Integrating Care, a celebratory event in Washington, D.C., along with the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 7, 2015

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