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Fear Circuitry, Dysphoric PTSD Symptoms May Become More Strongly Connected As Time Passes After Traumatic Injury, Study Indicates

Healio (12/19, Oldt) reports, “Fear circuitry and dysphoric PTSD symptoms became more strongly connected as time passed after traumatic injury,” researchers concluded after conducting “a prospective cohort study of 1,138 individuals recently admitted with traumatic injury to major trauma hospitals across Australia.” The findings were published online Dec. 14 in JAMA Psychiatry. The author of an accompanying editorial observed, “Intrusions and physiological reactivity to reminders of the trauma scored high on centrality metrics, indicating that activation of these two symptoms are especially likely to activate other symptoms in the network,” whereas “successful early intervention targeting these symptoms would likely prevent the full syndrome of PTSD from emerging.”

Related Links:

— “Links between fear circuitry, PTSD symptoms strengthen over time,”Amanda Oldt, Healio, December 19, 2016.

ED Visits For Attempted Suicide Most Common Among Women, Teens, And During Late Spring, Study Indicates

Healio (12/16, Oldt) reported emergency department (ED) “visits for attempted suicide were most common among women, individuals aged 15 to 19 years and during late spring, particularly May,” researchers found after analyzing data on some “3,567,084 suicide attempt-related ED visits.” The findings were published online Nov. 17 in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.

Related Links:

— “Suicide attempts more common in women, teens,”Amanda Oldt, Healio, December 16, 2016.

APA Declares Ethical Opposition To Psychiatric Participation In Assisted Suicide Or Euthanasia For Non-Terminal Patients

In the Washington Post (12/15, Lane) “PostPartisan” blog, Washington Post editorial writer Charles Lane writes, “This past weekend, the American Psychiatric Association gave final approval to a policy statement declaring its ethical opposition to psychiatric participation in assisted suicide or euthanasia for a non-terminal patient.” The statement reads, “The American Psychiatric Association, in concert with the American Medical Association’s position on Medical Euthanasia, holds that a psychiatrist should not prescribe or administer any intervention to a non-terminally ill person for the purpose of causing death.”

Related Links:

— “At last, American psychiatrists speak out on euthanasia,”Charles Lane, The Washington Post, December 15, 2016.

Thousands Of Children Traumatized By Opioid Abuse Crisis

In a front-page story, the Wall Street Journal (12/15, A1, Whalen, Subscription Publication) reports that as opioid abuse has pushed US overdose rates to record levels, it has left thousands of traumatized children in its wake. Many states have seen the number of children in foster care skyrocket, and hospitals are treating dozens of opioid-addicted newborns each year. According to social workers, the problem is greater than anything seen during the crack cocaine and methamphetamine crises.

Related Links:

— “The Children of the Opioid Crisis,”Jeanne Whalen, The Wall Street Journal, December 15, 2016.

Study Shows Some Airline Pilots Have Depressed, Suicidal Thoughts

CNN (12/14, Scutti) reports a recent study found hundreds of commercial pilots “may be clinically depressed.” Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health warned that many depressed pilots “may decline seeking treatment due to fears of negative career consequences, such as being grounded.” Out of about 1,848 participants who answered questions about mental health, 233 pilots, or 16 percent, met the criteria for likely depression, while 75 pilots, or 4.1 percent, “reported having suicidal thoughts within the previous two weeks.”

Reuters (12/14, Rapaport) reports senior study author Joseph Allen said that with about 140,000 active pilots flying more than 3 billion people globally each year, “the survey results should put the airline industry on notice that many pilots need better access to mental health screening and treatment.” The findings notably come “a year and a half after a Germanwings co-pilot who suffered from depression deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps, killing 150 people.”

Related Links:

— “Airline pilots anonymously report suicidal thoughts, study finds,”Susan Scutti, CNN, December 14, 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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