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Persistent cannabis use linked to violence in mental health

Healio (10/11, Oldt) reports, “Patients recently discharged from acute psychiatric care were more likely to exhibit violent behaviors if they reported continued cannabis use,” researchers concluded after analyzing “data from the MacArthur Risk Assessment Study for 1,136 psychiatric patients recently discharged.” The findings were published online Sept. 21 in Frontiers in Psychiatry: Forensic Psychiatry.

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— “Persistent cannabis use linked to violence in mental health,” Dugré JR, et al., Healio, October 11, 2017.

Talk Therapy May Relieve Menopause-Related Sleep Problems And Depression

HealthDay (10/11, Preidt) reports, “Talk therapy may help relieve menopause-related sleep problems and depression, [according to] a new study” that was scheduled to be presented at the North American Menopause Society’s annual meeting. Patients who underwent “four cognitive behavioral therapy sessions targeting insomnia and hot flashes in a small group of menopausal women…had improvements in sleep and depression, and the results were similar regardless of depression severity.” According to HealthDay, “a small group” of women took part in the study.

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— “Talk Therapy May Help Menopause Woes,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, October 11, 2017.

Treatment Responses To Citalopram May Be Comparable Among Younger And Older Adults With MDD

Healio (10/10, Oldt) reports, “Treatment responses to citalopram were comparable among older and younger adults with major depressive disorder [MDD],” researchers concluded after analyzing data on some “2,280 nonpsychotic adults, of whom 106 were older adults, with DSM-4-TR-defined MDD.” The findings were published online in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

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— “Citalopram similarly effective for depression in older, younger adults,” Steiner AJ, et al., Healio, October 10, 2017.

Older Adults Face Challenges In Receiving Mental Healthcare Services.

U.S. News & World Report (10/11) reports many older adults struggle to receive mental healthcare services because of factors such as being “hindered by modern culture perpetuating the stigmas and misconceptions of ageism and mental health issues; social isolation; high health care costs; and a dwindling supply of geriatric caregivers for America’s growing older population.” The article says HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Health Resources and Services Administration are working to expand access to mental healthcare at the primary care setting.

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— “A Look Into Older Adults’ State of Mind,” Katelyn Newman, U.S. News & World Report, October 11, 2017.

Analysis: American Teenagers Suffering From Severe Anxiety

The New York Times (10/11, Denizet-Lewis, Subscription Publication) examines severe anxiety among teens in a 7,600-word article. The piece profiles teens who have struggled with severe anxiety and their treatment, such as medications, hospitalizations, and residential treatment facilities. The article mentions that “anxiety is the most common mental-health disorder in the United States, affecting nearly one-third of both adolescents and adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.” The piece also discusses current research and studies on anxiety.

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— “Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?,” BENOIT DENIZET-LEWIS, New York Times, October 11, 2017.

Foundation News

Foundation’s Oral History Project To Go Online

As reported in the Maryland Psychiatric Society News, the Foundation’s Oral History Project is well on its way. The project is designed to collect fascinating stories about psychiatrists from different backgrounds who entered a career path that brought them to Maryland. There are nineteen interviews already archived at MPS, and the Foundation is seeking more. You can find more information about the project as well as get information on contacting the Foundation here:

Oral History Project

Latest Foundation Radio Ad Discusses Police Training and the Mentally Ill

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on how police in Baltimore are being trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of a whole range of mental health conditions and hopefully avoid tragedies.

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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.

New Foundation PSA Examines College and Drug Use

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations. When does most drug abuse start in college? Right now – finals and summer. According to studies half a million students started drug and alcohol abuse just in the past year. The PSA examines prevention and treatment, especially at this early age.

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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.

John Lion, M.D. Wins 2017 Anti-Stigma Advocacy Award

The Board of Directors of the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry voted in February to present its 2017 Anti-Stigma Advocacy Award to Dr. John Lion for his piece, “Steadfast talking is the only cure for suicide” published December 18, 2016 in the Baltimore Sun. The board felt it reassured readers that even serious mental illness like depression can be overcome, even if there are setbacks along the way that evoke suicidal thoughts.

The award was established to recognize the article that best fulfills the following goals:

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 which the foundation plans to award at the April 27 Maryland Psychiatric Society annual meeting. The 2016 winner was Amy Marlow, whose article “My dad killed himself when I was 13. He hid his depression. I won’t hide mine.” was published February 9, 2016 in the Washington Post.

Amazon Smile Celebrates With Extra Donations For Organizations

Amazon celebrated its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) On March 16th, 2017. The ACSI surveyed over 10,000 customers to measure perceptions of quality and value across retailers nationwide. March 16th only, Amazon donated 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Maryland Foundation For Psychiatry Inc.

While the amount is lower now, you can still make your purchases count at