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More Than Eight Million US Adults Suffering From Serious Psychological Distress

Reuters (4/17, Rapaport) reports, “More than eight million American adults suffer from serious psychological distress, and they’re less likely to access healthcare services than other people,” researchers found after examining “survey data on health care use from 2006 to 2014 for a nationwide sample of 207,853 US adults ages 18 to 64.” The study revealed that “people with serious psychological distress, which includes any mental illness severe enough to require treatment, are three times more likely to be too poor to afford care and 10 times more likely to be unable to pay for medications.” The findings were published online April 17 in Psychiatric Services, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association.

CNN (4/17, Scutti) reports, “The study may help explain why the suicide rate is up to 43,000 people each year, said” lead study author Judith Weissman, PhD, JD, a research manager at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. Weissman “noted that the affected groups are late baby boomers and Generation Xers,” people whom “‘some have described as experiencing not a better horizon but a worse horizon than their parents,’ she said.” Weissman added, “The Great Recession of 2008 had a tremendous impact on adults with serious psychological distress.”

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— “Mentally ill accessing less U.S. health care,” Lisa Rapaport, Reuters, April 17, 2017.

Unreliable food access linked to poor behavior, learning in kindergarten

Healio (4/14, Bortz) reported, “Inadequate access to food in early childhood was correlated with negative social-emotional and cognitive outcomes among children in kindergarten,” researchers found after examining “data on a recent birth group that were nationally representative to examine the connection between food insecurity and kindergarten skills, including reading, math and social-emotional outcomes.” The findings were published online in Child Development.

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— “Unreliable food access linked to poor behavior, learning in kindergarten,” Johnson AD, et al., , April 14, 2017.

Immaturity May Play Role When It Comes To AD/HD Diagnoses In Young Children

U.S. News & World Report (4/14, Reynolds) reports, “According to the American Psychiatric Association, “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [AD/HD] “affects approximately five percent of children.” The APA also “says” AD/HD “is often first identified in school-aged children when it leads to disruption in the classroom or problems with schoolwork.” In such cases, however, “the young age of a child may raise an important question: What role does immaturity play when it comes to” AD/HD diagnoses in young children? Some experts believe in “not rushing a child into school.” Some little ones are just not mature enough yet to handle a classroom environment and their behavior in the classroom may stem from immaturity, not AD/HD.

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— “Does Immaturity Play a Role in ADHD?,” Jennifer Lea Reynolds, U.S. News & World Report, April 14, 2017.

OA Patients Who Use Opioids Or Antidepressants Have Greater Risk Of Repeated Falls

MedPage Today (4/16) reported, “Low-extremity osteoarthritis (OA) patients who use opioids or antidepressants have a greater risk of repeated falls,” researchers found after studying “4,231 patients from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI).” The findings were published online in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

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— “Meds Contribute to Falls in OA,” Judy George, MedPage Today, April 16, 2017.

As People Grow Older, Common Risk Factors For Depression Change

Reuters (4/13, Kennedy) reports that as people grow older, “common risk factors for depression change,” researchers found after analyzing “data on more than 2,000 adults participating in two long-term studies of depression and anxiety.” The study also revealed that “when a risk factor is uncommon among peers – like widowhood or poor health in youth – it can have an outsized effect on depression risk.” The findings were published online April 7 in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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— “As people age, the factors that drive depression may shift,” Madeline Kennedy, Reuters, April 13, 2017.

Foundation News

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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Dr. Leon Levin, Honorary Director of the Foundation, Passes

[The following obituary is from Cremation and Funeral Alternatives as posted on Legacy.Com. You can find it there as well as a guest book to sign.]

Leon Levin, M.D.: A Life of Meaning May 22,1930-October 18, 2014

For Dr. Leon Levin, 84, finding the meaning in life, relationships, people, literature and film was synonymous with breathing. How could he do otherwise? A psychiatrist, a psychoanalyst, a scholar, a community servant, a film lover, a friend and a quintessential family man – it was the lens through which he looked. He had a natural sensitivity for depth, emotion, conflict, fear, hope, pain and was always curious and empathic. The close relationships with his family, Psychoanalysis and film served as his foundation. Many have echoed that Leon’s belief in them, inspired them to be their best selves. He touched generations in the most understated and gentle manner.
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Latest Foundation Radio Spot Examines Link Between Illness and Depression

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on how how various illnesses can be linked to depression. Being ill by itself can often be enough to cause depression, but many illnesses can affect the brain and lead to depression, too. The spot urges people to seek help when needed.

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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.