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Article Provides Tips On How To Access Psychiatric Care

U.S. News & World Report (9/22, Schroeder) reports that due to a psychiatrist shortage and increased insurance coverage under the ACA, “increasingly many psychiatrists aren’t taking new patients because they’re at capacity.”

Figures released by the American Medical Association reveal “the number of adult and child psychiatrists increased by just 12 percent from 1995 to 2013, from 43,640 to 49,079, lagging far behind the 45 percent increase in total physician numbers and population growth in the US.”

The article advises patients who need to see a psychiatrist to speak first with their primary care physician, obtain a list of covered psychiatrists from their health insurer, check with academic medical centers, and if in the middle of a mental health crisis, head for the emergency department.

Renée Binder, MD, immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Association, explained, “All emergency rooms have access to psychiatric care,” which includes “a mental health team that’s on call and supervised by a psychiatrist.”

Related Links:

— “What to Do If You’re Having Trouble Getting in to See a Psychiatrist,” Michael O. Schroeder, , September 22, 2016.

Integrated behavioral health home improves mental health outcomes

Healio (9/22, Oldt) reports, “Receiving care from an integrated behavioral health home improved outcomes among individuals with serious mental illness,” researchers found after conducting “a randomized trial among 447 individuals with serious mental illness and at least one cardiometabolic risk factor.” The findings were published online Sept. 15 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association.

Related Links:

— “Integrated behavioral health home improves mental health, cardiometabolic outcomes,” Amanda Oldt, Healio, September 22, 2016.

High status job may hinder depression treatment response

Healio (9/22, Oldt) reports, “Individuals with depression who were in higher occupational levels had poorer treatment response and higher rates of treatment-resistant depression,” researchers found after evaluating “a large multinational sample of working individuals with depression who received at least one adequate treatment trial.” The findings of the 654-patient study were presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress.

Related Links:

— “High status job may hinder depression treatment response,” Amanda Oldt, Healio, September 22, 2016.

Many Parents Of Children With Autism Are Resorting To Alternative Treatments

In a 4,400-word article, The Atlantic (9/20, Opar) reports that many parents of children with autism are resorting to alternative treatments, such as consultations with psychics, “vitamin supplements, topical ointments, restrictive diets, chelation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, brain scans, a so-called detoxification system, and stem-cell therapy.”

In fact, “up to 88 percent of boys and girls with autism in the United States receive some alternative treatment,” studies have found. But, “few of these therapies have been adequately tested for safety or efficacy, many come with a hefty price tag, and some are downright dangerous.”

Related Links:

— “The Dangers of Snake-Oil Treatments for Autism,” ALISA OPAR, The Atlantic, September 22, 2016.

Binge Eating Disorder Associated With A Broad Range Of Other Illnesses

Medical Daily (9/21, Dovey) reports that binge eating disorder (BED) may be “linked to a broad range of other illnesses,” research suggests. People with “BED had a 2.5 times greater risk of also having an endocrine disorder and a 1.9 times increased risk of a circulatory system disorder,” while “obese people with BED had a 1.5 times increased risk of having a respiratory disease and a 2.6 times increased risk of having a gastrointestinal disease than those who were not obese,” the study found.

The findings of the 9,350-patient study were published online Sept. 19 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Related Links:

— “Binge Eating Disorder Linked To 44 Health Conditions In Recent Study,” Dana Dovey, Medical Daily, September 21, 2016.

Foundation News

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.

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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Our full collection of advertisements is online for you to Listen and download all our public service ads here!“.