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2009-05-07 07:00:00

New data reveal lower dropout rates and improved social and emotional well-being for youth in system of care programs WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Systems of care--coordinated networks of community-based mental health services and supports for children and youth with serious mental health challenges--are able to dramatically improve the academic, behavioral and emotional performance of participating youth according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health...

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2009-05-06 09:05:29

Blocking errant protein could stem runaway brain activity in psychosis A study on schizophrenia has implicated machinery that maintains the flow of potassium in cells and revealed a potential molecular target for new treatments. Expression of a previously unknown form of a key such potassium channel was found to be 2.5 fold higher than normal in the brain memory hub of people with the chronic mental illness and linked to a hotspot of genetic variation. An extensive series of experiments...

2009-05-01 11:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New advances in research on brain disorders offer the promise of more personalized treatment for individuals suffering from mental illnesses, according to scientists addressing the first Domenici Neuroscience Symposium in Washington today. The symposium featured scientists from such leading neurodiagnostic facilities as the Mind Research Network (MRN), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and...

2009-04-07 09:44:00

ATLANTA, April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Late in 2007, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) announced that it was cutting its hourly therapy reimbursement rate for clinical psychologists by approximately 19%. This new rate is about the same as you pay your auto mechanic or home handyman per hour. However, unlike your mechanic, BCBSGa wants to pay licensed psychologists about half of what they were paid 10 years ago by BCBSGa. In 1998 clinical psychologists were reimbursed by...

2009-04-02 13:00:00

Press conference preceding the David Lynch Foundation "Change Begins Within" benefit concert in New York to include local psychiatrist BETHESDA, Md., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal will be among the distinguished speakers at a press conference on Friday, April 3 from noon to 1:00 pm EDT. Other speakers will include Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Russell Simmons and the concert sponsor, David Lynch. This news conference, which may be viewed online at...

2009-01-16 09:38:33

DALLAS "”"” In a national clinical trial, adolescents with moderate to severe depression first given a placebo treatment and then an antidepressant medication alone or in combination with therapy responded just as well over the long term as participants who received active treatment throughout the study, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report. Researchers found that at the end of nine months, children and teenagers first given placebo treatment for 12 weeks and then...

2008-12-16 14:49:21

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is more common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and is estimated to affect 2 percent of the population. In a new study, a University of Missouri researcher and Dutch team of research collaborators found that genetic material on chromosome nine was linked to BPD features, a disorder characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image and behavior, and can lead...

2008-12-15 09:00:00

Achievements of Past Century Include Major Milestones in the Advancement of Rights and Treatment for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mental Health America, today announced the launch of its Centennial Year: "Celebrating the Legacy, Forging the Future." The 100-year history of Mental Health America is the remarkable story of one person who turned a personal struggle with mental illness into a national movement and of the millions...

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2008-12-03 09:53:32

Study finds that few receive appropriate treatment for disorders Though effective treatments are available for individuals suffering from chronic depression and anxiety, very little is known about how often these treatments are used or how prevalent these conditions are among the nation's general population. But in a first-of-its-kind study, UCLA researchers have developed estimates for both the prevalence of chronic psychiatric illness in the general population and how often individuals...

2008-10-03 15:00:06

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congress passed mental health parity today, taking a great step forward in the decade-plus fight to end insurance discrimination against those seeking treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. The legislation is part of the new bill that includes tax extenders, changes to FDIC limits and the financial rescue plan. When enacted, this legislation will require that health insurance equally cover both mental and physical health. The...


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