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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 6, 2021 – A new review study looking at the current state of neuromodulation therapies being used to treat depression, including rTMS, ECT and others, is available online today in the December issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry.

For many decades, psychiatric treatment has been primarily focused on the development of medications and the development of psychotherapies. A third type of approach gaining attention in recent years is based in the concept that “that psychiatric dysfunction results from abnormal communication within a network of brain regions that regulate mood, thought, and behavior,” the authors write.

The development of a number of neuromodulation and neurostimulation therapies, the authors note...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Dec 6, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3, 2021 – The December 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. The December issue is dedicated to “New Insights into Major Depression and the Treatment of Bipolar Depression,” including:

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Dec 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2, 2021 – According to a new poll, Americans are five times more likely to say their level of stress increases rather than decreases (41% to 7%) during the holidays. This year, top areas of concern are contracting COVID-19 during gatherings (38%), and finding (40%) and affording (46%) gifts. The unvaccinated are less worried than the vaccinated about contracting COVID-19 (28% to 43%). Additionally, nearly half of adults (47%) are anxious about missing family members around the holidays.

The poll, conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) was fielded between November 17-21, 2021, among a nationally representative sample of 2,119 adults.

“This holiday season, as many are returning to pre-COVID traditions like seeing family and shopping, it’s...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Dec 2, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 29, 2021 – Referrals from primary care providers (PCPs) to Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) programs increased and involved more complex mental health concerns, particularly regarding mood and anxiety, during the pandemic, according to a new study published online today in Psychiatric Services. These trends underscore the importance of these programs to supporting the growing need for children’s mental health care.

PMHCA programs provide training, consultation, and resource-referral support to primary care providers (PCPs), thereby increasing children’s access to mental health care. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration began providing support for PMHCAs in 2018 and expanded the effort in...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 22, 2021 – More Americans than ever are placing bets on sports online, according to many recent reports. The vast majority of people who gamble are able to do so without any long-lasting problems, but research has shown that up to 1 percent of the population currently has a gambling disorder. Gambling disorder involves repeated, problem gambling. Despite significant personal and familial problems caused by the individual’s behavior, those with gambling disorder struggle to control their gambling.

In the midst of the widespread adoption of online gambling, APA Publishing has released the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 22, 2021



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