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The American Psychiatric Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting features nationally recognized experts in psychiatry and mental health policy, research and clinical practice presenting in hundreds of sessions and new research posters. Special sessions will feature Atul Gawande, M.D., surgeon and best-selling author with a bold vision for changes and improvements in health care, and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Psychiatry: Claiming our Future.”


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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 28, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – Today the American Psychiatric Association issued the following statement from its president, Renée Binder, M.D., in reaction to President Obama’s announcement today on gun violence and mental health:

We welcome the announcement from President Obama to make needed investments in mental health and curb the epidemic of gun violence in our country. Gun violence is a public health problem and needs to be addressed as such. We support the president’s efforts to expand background checks, propose policies that respect physician-patient confidentiality, and increase funding for mental health services by $500 million. We will work with Congress to make that funding proposal a reality, as we also work with allies in Congress who are championing comprehensive...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 5, 2016

Arlington, Va. – The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has announced its list of the 10 most clinically important psychiatry research articles of 2015, and four of the 10 were published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP). No other journal published more than one of the selected studies.

The complete list appears at the NEJM Journal Watch Psychiatry website.

Two of the AJP studies were about promising new treatments. Helen Lavretsky et al. found that combining the antidepressant citalopram with methylphenidate, a stimulant, enhanced the response of geriatric patients with depression. The article by...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 4, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the following statement from APA President Renée Binder, M.D., on Senate passage Thursday night of S. 993, the “Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act,” introduced by Senators Al Franken (D-Minn) and John Cornyn (R-Texas):

“Jails and prisons have become the front lines of treatment for mental illness despite being ill-equipped to do so. In 44 states, the largest facilities housing people with severe psychiatric illness are prisons or jails,” Binder said. “This bipartisan legislation will help improve mental health services in the criminal justice system and reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails and prisons.”

The legislation extends the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act , including support for...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Dec 17, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va., — Congressman Tim Murphy recently issued a statement regarding HR 2646, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015, in which he said in part: “We’ve worked around the clock to find common ground and still seek to do all we can to meet the needs of committee members. I strongly encourage all who have specific language to engage so we can reach a consensus on comprehensive mental health legislation that will save lives, prevent crises, fund services and treatment, get people out of jails, and promote recovery before stage four, just as we do with every other chronic disease and condition.”

Today, American Psychiatric Association CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., joined other mental health organizations in praising the scheduled markup and the commitment to working...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 5, 2015



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