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Recovery Update features the most recent articles from throughout the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. Stay up to date on all the latest mental health news through this weekly newsletter.

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Psychologist Douglas Amorim, from Cuiabá, Brazil, has created a photo essay called "Depressive Intimacy" to draw attention to issues of mental illness and suicide. "I wanted to visually portray this anguish for those who’ve never suffered with it," said Amorim. This post contains images some may find distressing.
Few Armed Forces personnel seek help for mental health disorders and novel approaches will be needed to encourage personnel at risk of PTSD, anxiety and alcohol abuse to seek treatment. A trial testing a potential post-deployment screening program for UK Armed Forces personnel, based on a computerized assessment and tailored mental health advice, found it was not effective in reducing symptoms of mental health disorders or encouraging personnel to seek help, compared to the general mental health advice which is the standard of care in the U.K. military.
Extremely low birth weight babies may be at increased risk for mental health problems later in life, a new review suggests. Researchers examined 41 studies conducted from 1990 to 2016. The studies included more than 2,700 extremely low birth weight babies (less than 1,000 grams, or just over 2 pounds) and more than 11,000 normal birth weight babies in the United States, Canada and 10 other countries.
Yes, President Trump is shaking up Washington, but some things definitely need to be shaken up. At long last, a bipartisan bill paves the way for genuine reform of our atrocious mental-health system.
The state of New Hampshire is being watched closely for the way it manages mental health issues in the wake of a $30 million settlement in 2013. The state settled a major class-action lawsuit over its treatment of residents with serious mental illnesses. The $30 million settlement comes with strings attached, including a quarterly review to assure that state is keeping its end of the bargain. But the latest review said the state is still falling short. The state has expanded mental health services in some ways. A mobile crisis response team in Manchester is available to react in minutes.
More than 272,000 Texans could lose access to mental health and substance abuse treatment if one of the lesser known guarantees of the Affordable Care Act goes away with the law's repeal and is not replaced.
The secretary of the Agency of Human Services said his staff and other stakeholders will do a "deep dive" into systemic issues in how Vermont delivers mental health treatment. Al Gobeille told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Feb. 9 that he and his staff would begin working with others this week to look at how to improve treatment.
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Have you ever been reading a page of a book, but you zone out and don't recall anything you've just read? Are you ever driving a familiar route, only to realize you haven't really been focusing on the road the entire time? This is sort of what it's like to have dissociative identity disorder (DID), according to several people Business Insider interviewed who live with the disorder as well as a psychologist who specializes in treating it. The only difference is it happens all the time, and in these moments someone else takes over. Non-violent and seemingly normal anecdotes like these from people who have multiple personalities — or "alters" — are a far cry away from the character(s) represented in "Split," the new film starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 individual personalities.
There's a saying in the black community that what goes on inside the house shouldn't be taken outside the house, and mental health has always been the secret many black people didn't take outside. In Darnell Lamont Walker's documentary "Outside the House," he's breaking down the barriers and stigmas when it comes to black people discussing their mental-health issues, and confronting the problem head-on.
Amy Morin writesAs a psychotherapist, I often get an inkling into which local businesses promote good mental health and which ones don't based on who comes into my office. Companies who glorify a workaholic mentality or those who have abusive leadership, for example, often have multiple employees engaged in treatment for mental health problems. Of course, due to confidentiality rules, employees have no idea their co-workers — sometimes half of their team — are in treatment as well. But psychotherapists see the patterns and the clear link between employee mental health and the workplace.