mental health

Twenty-two percent of all U.S. injuries in the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). If you or a family member were impacted, were you aware of the potential consequences of those injuries? The most common comorbid condition with a TBI is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Of soldiers with TBI, more than 40% have also been diagnosed with PTSD. The problem is that PTSD cannot be seen, and so we wait on individuals to report symptoms, but by then it’s often too late! According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, as many as 22 veterans committed suicide per day in 2013. What if a blood test could tell you who is at risk? My research...
Mental health in this country is not getting the attention it deserves, says Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30). During Research!America’s 29th Annual Meeting of Members on March 14 in Washington, D.C., Rep. Johnson stressed the importance of early intervention and “assertive community treatment” to successfully address mental illness nationwide. “Each time we see massive incidents, we get concerned about [mental illness] again,” Rep. Johnson said. “But without those massive incidents, we still have the problem and don’t want it to be manifested in that fashion before we give it attention.” She was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting. Following Rep. Johnson’s remarks, a...
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) will be the keynote speaker at Research!America’s 29 th Annual Meeting of Members on March 14 from noon to 2 p.m. ET at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The annual meeting will include election of directors, reports from leadership and a panel discussion about mental health. Rep. Johnson, Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and a member of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, will share insights from Capitol Hill on issues relevant to our nation’s scientific enterprise. Experts from across the mental health and neuroscience research continuum will participate in a panel discussion...
Rethinking the ways in which we address mental health issues is critical in the development of new and innovative technologies, treatments, and strategies. Instead of simply providing a diagnosis, treatment strategies should focus on the entire community of individuals affected by mental illness, said Dr. Arthur Evans, CEO of the American Psychological Association. At the “Tackling Mental Health Through Innovation” forum hosted by CQ Roll Call on September 19 in Washington, D.C., Evans emphasized the importance of intervention strategies as a top priority to ensure at-risk individuals receive necessary care. “Let’s make sure that within the community we have the infrastructure, the...
There was a time when people didn’t know that suicide is preventable. Before suicide prevention research began in earnest, people were afraid to even talk about suicide, because they thought they could cause someone to die by suicide if they spoke the word: that it would put the idea in their head, and the person in distress would act on it. The only time the brain was even mentioned was if there was physical damage to the brain as the result of a suicide attempt. People placed social judgments on those with mental health conditions because they didn’t understand that the brain is an organ that can be remedied, just like other organs. Research, a guided process of inquiry, has led us to...
One in five Americans suffer from mental illness but less than half receive treatment. Teresa Pasquini, whose son was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 16, spoke about the difficulties in accessing treatment at a program about mental health at the Newseum in Washington D.C. on July 18 sponsored by The Hill . “He has fallen through every crack of our system,” Pasquini said. “We are dealing with a system of lucks and heroics rather than a continuous system of care.” Pasquini, an advocate for mental health, joined federal and state leaders, health officials, caregivers and academics for the discussion titled, The State of Mental Health: Challenges and Solutions, supported by Janssen...
This blog post is part of a weekly series focusing on different aspects of public health leading up to Public Health Thank You Day on Monday, November 21, 2016. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD and visit www.publichealththankyouday.org for more information. Deaths in the United States due to prescription and illicit opioid overdoses have quadrupled over the past 17 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 78 Americans die each day from overdoses of drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, and heroin. Over the course of the opioid crisis, sales of prescription opioids in the U.S. have nearly quadrupled , but the amount of...
Mental health is a major health issue in the United States, as 43.8 million Americans suffer from diseases such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Over 50% of Americans who suffer from mental disorders do not receive any form of treatment or health services. Mental health has become a considerable issue for veterans returning from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As of 2015, up to 23% of those who have returned from these two countries have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans display a similar trend for lack of treatment as is seen in the general population. Even more alarming, of those who sought treatment in 2008, slightly over 50% received just minimally...
This blog post is part of a weekly series focusing on different aspects of public health leading up to Public Health Thank You Day on Monday, November 21, 2016. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD and visit www.publichealththankyouday.org for more information. As a clinical psychologist who treats children and their families, I have the privilege of helping children gain better understanding of themselves, as individuals and in the context of their family, school and community. The opportunity to intervene in multiple settings can enhance outcomes and is one of the most interesting and challenging aspects of my work. However, such coordination of care is beyond the...
Mental Health Awareness Week in early October is an important marker that helps all of us shed light on the multifaceted problems associated with mental illness and the important work being done to alleviate suffering. Just consider these devastating facts and statistics: - Suicide is among the top ten causes of death in the U.S. - One in four people worldwide suffer from some type of mental illness, and two-thirds of them do not get the treatment they need. - Everyday we hear about mass shootings, a rise in heroin addiction, young people lured into terrorist groups, veterans suffering with PTSD, and increases in depression and anxiety among children and adults. Clearly, mental illness is a...

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