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In-Person CBT More Effective Than Web-Based Guided Self-Help For Binge-Eating Disorder In Overweight Or Obese Adults

Reuters (8/2, Seaman) reports, “People should opt for face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] if they’re looking for the fastest way to address their binge eating disorder,” researchers concluded.

Healio (8/2, Oldt) reports, “In-person cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] was more effective than internet-based guided self-help for binge-eating disorder in overweight or obese adults,” researchers found after conducting a “randomized clinical trial among 178 adult volunteers with full or subsyndromal binge-eating disorder from seven university-based outpatient clinics.” The findings were published online Aug. 2 in JAMA Psychiatry.

Related Links:

— “Face-to-face therapy best to treat binge eating disorder,” Andrew M. Seaman, Reuters, August 2, 2017.

Teens More Likely Than Adults To Abuse Inhalants

Healio (8/1, Oldt) reports that teenagers “were more than twice as likely to abuse inhalants in 2015 than adults,” a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found after analyzing “data from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health for individuals aged 12 to 17 years.” The report can be accessed here.

Related Links:

— “Inhalant abuse twice as common in adolescents vs. adults,” Lipari RN, Healio, August 1, 2017.

Following Season Finale Of “13 Reasons Why,” Internet Suicide Search Queries Higher Than Expected

In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (7/31, Murgia) reports that the season finale of the Netflix TV series “13 Reasons Why” in which a 17-year-old girl kills herself may “have triggered suicidal thoughts in its viewers, many of whom are young people.” Researchers found that “overall,” Internet “suicide queries were 19 percent higher in the 19 days following the series’ release, reflecting 900,000 to 1.5 million more searches than expected.” The findings were published online July 31 as a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Reuters (7/31, Rapaport) reports that Kimberly McManama O’Brien, PhD, LICSW, “co-author of an accompanying editorial (7/31) and a psychiatry researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston,” said in an email to Reuters, “The choice to graphically depict the suicide death of the star of the series was a controversial decision.” O’Brien added, “Research has shown that pictures or detailed descriptions of how or where a person died by suicide can be a factor in vulnerable individuals.”

Also covering the story are the Washington Times (7/31, Kelly), the AP (7/31, Tanner), AFP (7/31), TIME (7/31, Schrobsdorff), HealthDay (7/31, Mozes), Healio (7/31, Tedesco), and Medical Daily (7/31, Delzo).

Related Links:

— “A million more web searches about suicide after ‘13 Reasons Why’,” Lisa Rappaport, Reuters, July 31, 2017.

Symptoms Of Autism Often Less Obvious In Girls Than Boys

In its “Shots” blog and on its “Morning Edition” program, NPR (7/31, Neighmond, Greenhalgh) reports that while boys, who are diagnosed with autism 4.5 time more frequently than girls, “appear to be more vulnerable to the disorder,” there is “some evidence that the gender gap may not be as wide as it appears.” Autism specialist and psychiatrist Louis Kraus, a psychiatrist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, explained “that’s because the symptoms of autism are often less obvious in girls than they are in boys. Girls can be better at blending in.”

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— “‘Social Camouflage’ May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls,” Patti Neighmond and Jane Greenlaigh, NPR, July 31, 2017.

White House Commission Urges Trump Declare Opioid National Emergency

USA Today (7/31, Estepa) reports that the White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis “called for a national emergency over the opioid epidemic in a report released Monday.” The interim report from the commission described the crisis as “unparalleled,” and said that by declaring a national emergency, “President Trump’s cabinet would be able to take action and would force Congress to find funding for solutions.” The report states, “It would also awaken every American to this simple fact: If this scourge has not found you or your family yet, without bold action by everyone, it soon will. … You, Mr. President, are the only person who can bring this type of intensity to the emergency and we believe you have the will to do so and to do so immediately.”

The New York Times (7/31, Goodnough, Subscription Publication) says the panel also “proposed waiving a federal rule that sharply limits the number of Medicaid recipients who can receive residential addiction treatment.” In addition, it recommended “expanding access to medications that help treat opioid addiction, requiring ‘prescriber education initiatives’ and providing model legislation for states to allow a standing order for anyone to receive naloxone, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses.”

The Washington Post (7/31, Ingraham) reports the commission’s report’s recommendations include “encouraging the development of non-opioid pain relievers,” broadening “good Samaritan” laws, and “mandating that every local law enforcement officer in the nation carry naloxone.”

Related Links:

— “Commission urges President Trump to declare emergency over opioid crisis,” Jessica Estepa, USA Today, July 31, 2017.

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.

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

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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