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Mental illness leading cause of disability in youth    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mental health problems such as depression account for nearly half of all disability among young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to a new study from the World Health Organization. Researchers looked at data from 191 countries and estimated the number of years of good health lost to disability resulting from disease and injury. Among adolescents and young adults, 45 percent of disability was related to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental disorders. More

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Mothers play important role in recovery from mental illness
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Negative family attitudes can have an adverse effect on recovery from mental illness, according to a new study. Researchers found that although family members, particularly mothers, often provide much needed support for the mentally ill, they can also be the source of negative attitudes that stigmatize these patients and impede their recovery. More

Demographics influence mental health in black males
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Researchers have discovered demographic factors significantly affect mental health concerns among black men. The researchers determined advanced age was linked to better mental health status as older men had fewer depressive symptoms, lower levels of psychological distress and lower odds of having a major depressive disorder than their younger counterparts. Unfortunately, a lower socioeconomic standing, including lower levels of education, unemployment and poverty, was associated with poorer mental health status. More

Women soldiers mentally resilient as men
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Women soldiers are as resilient in handling combat stress as the men they serve with, according to a new study of U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They suffered from comparable levels of combat stress and post-deployment mental health problems as their male counterparts. "Contrary to popular belief, women who go to war respond to combat trauma much like their male counterparts," said Dawne Vogt, of the U.S. Veterans Affairs' National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. More

Integrated care clinics improve access for veterans
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Veterans Affairs clinics that integrate primary and mental health care are more successful at getting veterans mental health and social work evaluations than a standard VA primary care clinic, according to a study of Iraq and Afghanistan vets. Under the integrated care model, all patients who screen positive for mental illness are referred immediately by their primary care physician to a mental health provider and a social worker. All visits take place during the same appointment, in the same clinic, with no waiting. More

New depression screening tool gauges progress
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A new screening tool could help primary care physicians manage their depressed patients by evaluating how much an individual's condition has improved, according to new research by the developers of the test. The study authors recommend that primary care physicians use the new Remission Evaluation and Mood Inventory Tool in conjunction with the widely administered nine-item Patient Health Questionnaire. More

New Orleans' mental health court helps those who can't help themselves
The Times-Picayune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New Orleans' mental health court, a program that was launched nearly a decade ago but faltered after Hurricane Katrina and lay dormant over the past few years for lack of funding, was recently revived with a $100,000 federal grant. The idea: Devote "wraparound" resources — housing, transportation, health care, treatment, counseling — to mentally ill, nonviolent probationers instead of jail. More

Mergers reducing number of agencies likely to oversee mental health services in North Carolina
Winston-Salem Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
North Carolina appears at least halfway toward its goal of reducing the number of local entities that offer behavioral health services. The primary goal of the controversial program is combining the management of Medicaid and state funds at the community level to reduce costs and add more accountability and consistency to mental health reform. The General Assembly is trying to carve out at least $40 million from behavioral health expenditures to help ease the state budget shortfall. More

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