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Spending too much time scrolling through social media and watching more television has been linked with symptoms of depression in young people — and a new study reveals to what extent screen time and depression may be intertwined. For every additional hour young people spend on social media or watching television, the severity of depressive symptoms they experience goes up, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics recently.
The first large-scale trial of virtual reality therapy for serious mental health conditions has been launched in the U.K. Healthtech startup Oxford VR has teamed up with gameChange, a £4 million project funded by U.K. National Institute of Health Research, to test the technology and advance its roll out across the National Health Service (NHS).
Youth with chronic physical conditions (CPCs) are at an increased risk for mental illness, according to nationwide cohort data published in Pediatrics. In addition, activity limitations may contribute to the development of mental health conditions. Investigators abstracted data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), an annually conducted, nationally representative survey of the U.S. population.
Making medicines isn't about aesthetics. Your pill doesn't need to be pretty to work. But with mental health apps, good design is half the battle. App makers have to be able to translate traditional therapy techniques into easy exercises that people can flip through on their phones. They have to make it responsive and, in theory, they have to make it effective.
Millions of Americans use compounded drugs created by a pharmacist or physician who combines, mixes, or changes a drug's ingredients to meet individuals' needs. They trust the 7,500 or so compounding pharmacies that do this work. That trust is sometimes misplaced. In 2012, for example, contaminated steroid painkillers mass-produced by the now-defunct New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, killed more than 100 people and sickened more than 750 others in 20 states.
Two San Francisco supervisors agreed recently to postpone a sweeping ballot measure to overhaul the city's mental health care system, following weeks of heavy pushback from Mayor London Breed and the Department of Public Health. Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney originally wanted to place the measure on the November ballot, citing extreme urgency in mending the city's broken mental health care system.
A state Department of Mental Health patient suffocated to death earlier this year at the bottom of a dogpile of agency employees who failed to follow the department’s training on physically restraining patients. At least three of the employees involved in the death of 35-year-old William Avant had not been trained properly, according to an ongoing probe by state health regulators reviewed by The State as part of the newspaper's weeks-long investigation into Avant’s death.
With increased funding from the state, the St. Johns County School District is planning to add four more mental health professionals to assist students during the upcoming school year. The district is getting more than $135,000 in additional funding, thanks to a recommendation from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, and will be using that money to add two school psychologists and two behavior technicians.
A growing number of people in the St. Louis region are seeking mental health treatment in hospital emergency rooms, according to a recent report from the St. Louis and St. Louis County health departments. The report’s authors found the rate of people seeking mental health care in emergency rooms increased more than 40% in both the city and the county between 2010 and 2016, indicating people can’t get access to long-term care for chronic issues, health officials say.
Arlington County, Virginia, will hold a meeting this week to get public input on a new program designed to offer those with mental illnesses treatment instead of jail time when they're arrested. The idea behind what's known as "mental health court" is to waive incarceration if a person with a mental illness, convicted of a nonviolent misdemeanor, agrees to a treatment program supervised by a judge. The draft proposal has been criticized because it requires a guilty plea before a person can enter the program.
On Sept. 17-18, join PRA and the National Council for Behavioral Health for Hill Day 2019 in Washington, D.C. Registration for the Capitol Hill visits is free and includes breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Hill Day provides hundreds of behavioral health providers, consumers, family members, board members, administrators and community stakeholders access to sessions and workshops on federal behavioral health policy, followed by visits with their elected officials on Capitol Hill to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction treatment across the country.
The Commission has been hard at work improving the paths to PRA Certification! Fast-track pathways now allow those with an existing PRA credential to more easily seek dual-certification, and CPRP and CFRP pathways have been aligned to simplify the process for candidates. In addition, Eligibility Requirements have been adjusted to allow candidates to take their certification exam before meeting the work experience requirements for their selected pathway (those that pass will become official certified upon completion of work experience requirement).
PRA Certification examinations are now available 365 days per year! Candidates applying to sit for an exam will no longer need to choose a narrow testing window, allowing more flexibility for your busy schedules. If you sit for an exam, your results will be processed at the end of each quarter, with score reports arriving approximately one month following the end of each quarter (i.e. Jan-Mar exams will be scored and results sent around April 30).
When creating a universal diagnostic tool for psychiatric illness, imperfection is inevitable. Now in its fifth edition, the widely-used "mental health bible," known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), has had a slew of controversies and some want to do away with it entirely. As far back as 1968, experts have criticized the manual's myriad flaws, arguing that its "disjunctive" categories are "unusable in a scientific context." A detailed analysis of five key chapters in the current edition has now come to a similar conclusion.