Monthly Archives: January 2012

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The Coming Transformation Of Public Addiction Treatment – Health Affairs Blog

One more reason to support Health Care Reform…. Under the Affordable Care Act, the broad expansion of Medicaid in 2014 is expected to double the number of non-elderly adults with behavioral health disorders who will be covered by the program. … Continue reading

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Eight percent of Californians need mental-health care – latimes.com

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This is the challenge ahead for those delivering newly created services with funding from the CA Mental Health Services Act, voted into being by voters in 2004 as Prop 63, as a 1% tax on millionaires. There’s a large back … Continue reading

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Call to action: Oppose H.R. 3699, a bill to block public access to publicly funded research (Alliance for Taxpayer Access)

We pay for it, so let’s keep scientific research in the public domain. This is a bill to keep it in the hands of big research publishers who charge thousands of dollars for a subscription to newest studies. A new … Continue reading

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Moderate Drinking and Miscarriage Linked : Discovery News

Now for some bad news — it’s unfortunately the only conclusion you can come to after reading this study…that no drinking is okay while pregnant, not even two glasses a week. MentalHealthMomBlog. Contrary to previous findings, having two alcoholic drinks … Continue reading

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Don’t Dally on SSRI Dosing for Anxious Kids : Clinical Psychiatry News

A study of 488 children given either an SSRI alone or SSRI and psychotherapy for anxiety showed that the dose should be higher than often given, and that best results (symptoms controlled with no or few adverse effects) for those … Continue reading

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The Red Flags of Cyber Bullying

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The Red Flags of Cyber Bullying. I have written that bullying is one of the most dangerous risk factors for triggering serious child and teen mental disorders (including depression, even psychosis and schizophrenia in a genetically vulnerable person) and, as … Continue reading

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Children’s A.D.D. Drugs Don’t Work Long-Term – NYTimes.com

“Among all children, including all socioeconomic groups, the incidence of A.D.D. is estimated at 8 percent. What we found was that the environment of the child predicted development of A.D.D. problems. In stark contrast, measures of neurological anomalies at birth, … Continue reading

From Los Angeles Parent_A Mother Knows: 10 Things You Can Do to Safeguard Your Child’s Mental Health

From the moment he was handed to me in the delivery room, Alex seemed not happy to be here. His eyes were bottomless, his expression grave. A dear friend of mine took one look at him and said he must be “an old soul.” He spent his first three months writhing and screaming inconsolably, the word colic wholly insufficient to describe our collective suffering. It wasn’t until six years later, after his brother Sammy arrived, that I realized just how different Alex was compared to other babies. Sammy cried only when he was hungry or wet. He made easy eye contact and loved to be stroked, hugged, and kissed – all the things Alex recoiled from as an infant.

via A Mother Knows: 10 Things You Can Do to Safeguard Your Child’s Mental Health.

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PLoS ONE: Familial Linkage between Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Intellectual Interests

Students aspiring to technical majors (science/mathematics/engineering) were more likely than other students to report a sibling with an autism spectrum disorder (p = 0.037). Conversely, students interested in the humanities were more likely to report a family member with major … Continue reading

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Recovery To Practice E-News–Advocacy as a Path to Recovery

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Only in the last few years have I realized guilt had become my final and most tenacious addiction. The cure was letting go of the facade of “normalcy” and publicly telling my story. That led to a professional U-turn, where … Continue reading