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Delay In School Start Time May Lead To Better Mental Health And Focus Among Teens, Study Suggests.

Reuters (12/1, Kennedy) reports that research indicated “teens in Hong Kong whose high school delayed the start of the day by just 15 minutes got to sleep a little longer, were late to school less often and showed better mental health and focus.” The findings of the 1,377-student study were published online Nov. 16 in Sleep Medicine.

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— “Small delay in school start time may improve teens’ sleep and focus,”Madeline Kennedy, Reuters, December 01, 2016.

Women Who Have Experienced A Miscarriage Or Ectopic Pregnancy May Be At A Greater Risk For PTSD, Small Study Suggests.

Healio (12/1, Tedesco) reports, “Women who have experienced a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy are at a greater risk for” post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) “and should be screened regularly for the condition,” researchers concluded after conducting “a prospective survey study to examine the type and severity of emotional distress that women with an early pregnancy loss (n = 128) experience compared with women with viable ongoing pregnancies (n = 58).” The findings were published online Nov. 2 in BMJ Open.

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— “Miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy associated with PTSD, “Alaina Tedesco Healio, December 01, 2016.

Some Chronic Insomniacs Who Use An Automated Online Therapy Program May See Improvement Within Weeks, Study Suggests.

The New York Times (12/1, A14, Carey, Subscription Publication) reports that research indicated “more than half of chronic insomniacs who used an automated online therapy program reported improvement within weeks and were sleeping normally a year later.” The findings were published online Nov. 30 in JAMA Psychiatry.

HealthDay (11/30, Reinberg) reports that in “the study, more than 300 adults were randomly assigned to the six-week program,” called SHUTi (Sleep Healthy Using the Internet), “or to online patient education about improving sleep.”

Healio (11/30) reports that “participants who received SHUTi exhibited greater improvement in insomnia severity (P < .001), sleep-onset latency (P < .001) and wake after sleep onset (P < .001), compared with those who received online education.” The investigators found that “treatment effects were maintained at 1-year follow-up, with 56.6% of the SHUTi group achieving remission status and 69.7% identified as treatment responders at 1 year based on Insomnia Severity Index data.” Psychiatric News (11/30) reports the authors of an accompanying editorialobserved that the study’s “results provide an indication that the benefits conferred by SHUTi are not diminished by the presence of either psychiatric or medical comorbidities.” Related Links:

— “Insomniacs Are Helped by Online Therapy, Study Finds,”Benedict Carey, The New York Times, December 1, 2016.

Frequent Posting On Facebook May Be Associated With Increased Rumination And Depression, Review Indicates.

USA Today (11/30, Hafner) reports, “Frequent posting on Facebook” may be associated with “increased rumination and depression,” researchers found after reviewing “studies from 14 countries entailing 35,000 participants between ages 15 and 88.” The review’s findings (pdf) were published in the November issue of the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

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— “Comparing yourself to Facebook friends is a recipe for depressionComparing yourself to Facebook friends is a recipe for depression,”Josh Hafner, USA Today , November 30, 2016.

Fewer People Having Difficulty Paying For Medical Bills, Report Shows.

The NPR (11/30) “Shots” blog reports, “The number of people who have trouble paying their medical bills has plummeted in the last five years as more people have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and gotten jobs as the economy has improved.” A report “from the National Center for Health Statistics released Wednesday shows that the number of people whose families are struggling to pay medical bills fell by 22 percent, or 13 million people, in the last five years.” This year, about “20 million people…have health insurance because of the ACA, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.” That figure “includes about 10 million people who gained coverage through the expansion of Medicaid and another 10 million who buy insurance on the Obamacare exchanges or are young adults covered through their parents’ insurance.”

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— “Millions Of People Are Having An Easier Time Paying Medical Bills,”Alison Kodjak, NPR, November 30, 2016.

Foundation News

“This is My Brave” Event Coming December 7

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This is my Brave – Baltimore event will be held Wednesday, December 7.
Doors Open at 5 PM – Show starts at 6 PM at Towson University’s West Village Commons, Towson, MD 21252. The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry is supporting this inspiring, monologue-based production featuring people sharing their stories of living with and recovering from mental illness through original essay, poetry, dance and music.

Foundation Establishes Anti-Stigma Advocacy Award

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry has established the Anti-Stigma Advocacy Award. It is designed to recognize a worthy piece published in a major newspaper that accomplishes one or more of the following:

  • Shares with the public their experience with mental illness in themselves, a family member, or simply in the community.
  • Helps others to overcome their inability to talk about mental illness or their own mental illness.
  • Imparts particularly insightful observations on the general subject of mental illness.
  • A Maryland author and/or newspaper is preferred.

The award carries a $500 prize, and has its own dedicated page here.

The winner for 2016 is Amy McDowell Marlow.

My dad killed himself when I was 13. He hid his depression. I won’t hide mine.
Published February 9, 2016 in the Washington Post

In this piece, Ms. Marlow gives a very poignant description of dealing with her own depression and emotional experiences beginning in childhood while dealing with a parent’s depression and eventual suicide.

New PSA Examines Prisons, Inmates and Mental Health

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on mental health care in the United States prison system. It examines the problem of mental illness being the reason for incarceration in the first place, and the lack of care once a person is behind bars.

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You can listen to the ad using the player in the upper right of the website’s homepage. All past public service spots are also available for listening or to download on our Radio Advertisements page.

Follow the Foundation on Twitter!

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc. now has it’s very own Twitter account. You can follow us there to get the latest news about what we’re doing as well as be notified of the psychiatric news we mention here and when a new radio spot goes online. Just click the button below or in the left column to add us to your Twitter feed!


New MFP Public Service Ad Looks at Civil Unrest Effects on Children

Sadly, the civil unrest in Baltimore this spring has psychologically harmed some of our children. Our latest public service advertisement looks at the effects of civil unrest on young minds, not just from seeing or experiencing actual violence, but also to being exposed to it through the media.

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