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The Los Angeles Times (6/19, Simmons) reports that young women in the US “are poorer than their mothers and grandmothers were when they were young, more likely to commit suicide and be shut out of high-paying tech jobs – an overall demise in well-being since the Baby Boom generation, according to” the findings of a report from the Population Reference Bureau. The report, called “Losing Ground: Young Women’s Well Being Across Generations in the United States,” revealed that “social and structural barriers continue to obstruct the advancement of female members of Generation X and millennials.”
— “Young American women are poorer than their moms and grandmas, and more likely to commit suicide,”Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times , June 19, 2017.
MD Magazine (6/19, Bender) reports researchers “found that 46 percent of patients receiving antidepressant medication for major depression experience emotional blunting.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after conducting an Internet-based survey among “66,000 individuals in the US, 40,000 in the UK and 98,000 in Canada.” The findings, which appear online, will be published in October 15 issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders.
— “Half of Patients on Antidepressants Experience Emotional Blunting,”Kenneth Bender, MD Magazine, June 19, 2017.
Vox (6/19, Belluz) reports there appears to be “relatively strong evidence linking a mother’s infection with the rubella virus during pregnancy to an increased risk of autism in her baby,” but the “evidence for other viruses – such as influenza, or herpes – is much less clear.” Alice Kau, PhD, program director for research on autism at the National Institutes of Health, said, “Some studies show some associations [between infections and autism] and others don’t. … The findings are mixed.”
— “Researchers have ditched the autism-vaccine hypothesis. Here’s what they think actually causes it,”Julia Belluz, Vox , June 19, 2017.
The AP (6/19, Johnson) reports that “only 1 in 4 teens and young adults with opioid addiction receive recommended treatment medication despite having good health insurance,” according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The study “suggests doctors are not keeping up with the needs of youth caught up in the worst addiction crisis in U.S. history.”
Reuters (6/19, Rapaport) reports that the study also found “younger teens, females, and black and Hispanic youth were less likely to get medication for opioid use disorder than older youth, males and white people.”
HealthDay (6/19, Reinberg) and MedPage Today (6/19, Walker) also cover the story.
— “FEW OPIOID-ADDICTED YOUTH GET STANDARD TREATMENT MEDICATION,”Carla K. Johnson, AP, June 19, 2017.
Healio (6/15, Oldt) reports, “Chronic physical illness in childhood,” particularly cancer, “was associated with increased risk for depression and anxiety in adulthood,” researchers found in a meta-analysis of 34 studies including 45,358 youngsters. The findings were published online April 27 in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
— “Childhood chronic illness increases risk for adult depression, anxiety,”Amanda Oldt, Healio, June 15, 2017.
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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The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on guns and mental illness, and specifically on the role guns play in depression and suicide.
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The Maryland Parity Project is an initiative of the Mental Health Association of Maryland that “works to educate insured Marylanders of their new rights in accessing mental health and addiction treatment under The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.”
Their website says understanding the complex system of state and federal rules governing mental health coverage can be very difficult. Their staff hopes to alleviate concern and stress by answering questions for insured Maryland citizens. They will provide case assistance as well as evaluate complaints, help with appeals to an insurer’s decision, and assist filing complaints with the proper government authority.
You can find more information at their website here: Maryland Parity Project
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The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on the real statistics concerning mental illness and violence. It discusses the problem of cuts in mental illness coverage by insurance companies and less focus by government.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Foundation’s 2013 Outstanding Merit Award.
The annual Outstanding Merit Award is given for a worthy endeavor in Maryland that accomplishes one or more of the following:
- Increases public awareness and understanding of mental illness
- Enhances the quality of care for psychiatric illness
- Reduces the stigma of mental illness
Nominations for this award of $1000 are being invited from the entire Maryland community. A short nomination form must be submitted with a cover letter by March 1, 2013, to the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, 1101 Saint. Paul Street, Suite 305, Baltimore, MD 21202-6405. The form is available as PDF or Word document.