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Babies Of Confident, Enthusiastic Dads May Be Less Likely To Develop Behavioral Problems Later, Study Suggests.

HealthDay (11/22, Mundell) reports that “babies of confident, enthusiastic fathers were less likely to develop behavioral problems by age 9 or 11,” researchers found after studying “more than 10,000 children and their parents.” The findings were published online in BMJ Open.

Related Links:

— “‘Enthusiastic’ Dads May Mean Less Troubled Kids: Study,”E.J. Mundell, HealthDay, November 22, 2016.

Having A Strong Social Network May Be Associated With Lower Risk For PTSD Among Disaster Survivors, Study Suggests.

Healio (11/22, Oldt) reports, “Having a strong social network was associated with lower risk for” post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) “among survivors of a major bushfire disaster,” Australian researchers found. The findings of the 558-participant study were published online Nov. 14 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association.

Related Links:

— “Strong social ties protective against post-disaster PTSD, depression,Healio, November 22, 2016.

Transitional Care Clinic Helps Treat Patients With Serious Mental Illness Until They Can Find Regular Care.

Kaiser Health News (11/22, Szabo) reports on “a transitional care clinic at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which annually treats up to 1,500 patients with serious mental illness until they can find regular care.” By treating patients with mental illness, the clinic helps them from “winding up in the” emergency department. The article adds, “More than half of emergency room physicians said their local mental health system has gotten worse in the past year, according to a survey of 1,716 members of the American College of Emergency Physicians, released” last month. The survey revealed that 75% of ED physicians “said on their last shift, they saw at least one psychiatric patient who needed to be hospitalized.”

Related Links:

— “Clinics Help Keep People With Serious Mental Illness Out Of ER,”Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News, November 22, 2016.

Men Who Behave Like Promiscuous Playboys Or Feel Powerful Over Women May Be More Likely To Have Mental Health Problems Than Men With Less Sexist Attitudes

Reuters (11/21, Wulfhorst) reports, “Men who behave like promiscuous playboys or feel powerful over women are more likely to have mental health problems than men with less sexist attitudes,” researchers found after examining “results of more than 70 US-based studies involving more than 19,000 men over 11 years.”

HealthDay (11/21, Mozes) reports the findings were published online Nov. 21 in the Journal of Counseling Psychology.

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— “Playboys and misogynists more likely to have mental health problems: study,”Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters, November 21, 2016.

Kids Who Play “Choking Games” Alone May Be More Likely To Be Suicidal And May Face Greater Risk Of Injury, Death, Research Indicates

Reuters (11/21, Rapaport) reports children “who play ‘choking games’ to achieve a euphoric high are more likely to be suicidal and face a greater risk of injury and death when they play alone,” researchers found after examining “survey data collected from almost 21,000 Oregon teens” in eighth grade “in 2011 and 2013.”

HealthDay (11/21, Mozes) reports investigators found that “teens who had tried the practice alone were almost five times more likely to have thoughts of suicide than those who had done it in groups, and more than twice as likely to say they were in poor mental health overall.” The findings were published online Nov. 19 in Pediatrics.

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— “Choking game riskiest when kids play alone,”Lisa Rapaport, Reuters, November 21, 2016.

Foundation News

2012 Outstanding Merit Award Entries Open Now

Nominations are now being accepted for the Foundation’s 2012 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 $500 are being invited from the entire Maryland community. A short nomination form must be submitted with a cover letter by March 1, 2012, 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.

Foundation’s Latest Radio Spot Examines Disaster and Crisis

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc. recently began airing a new public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations. It focuses on the psychological effects of disasters such as the recent tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan as well as the toll personal crises can take on the mind.

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.

Adolescent Depression Awareness Program Wins 2010 Outstanding Merit Award

At the MPS annual meeting in April, the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry presented its 2010 Outstanding Merit Award to the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program of the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins.

The Board was particularly impressed with this outstanding program, which through student, parent and teacher education seeks to increase awareness of adolescent depression and bipolar disorder while reducing the stigma associated with these illnesses.

In addition, the foundation awarded Honorable Mentions to the Southern Maryland Community Network in Prince Frederick, which offers essential services to persons with severe and persistent mental illness, and to Helping Other People through Empowerment, Inc. Wellness and Recovery Center in Baltimore, which assists adults with mental illness in becoming empowered to rejoin mainstream society by increasing awareness of available resources through peer support.

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry established the annual Outstanding Merit Award for a worthy program 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

The award, open to the entire Maryland community, carries a prize of $500.

Related Links:

Johns Hopkins Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP)
Southern Maryland Community Network
Helping Other People through Empowerment

Honorary Director Dr. Eugene Brody Passes

Eugene B Brody, M.D., honorary director of the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, passed away on Saturday, March 13, 2010. As noted in the Baltimore Sun, Dr. Brody was “a globally known mental health figure who had been chairman of the department of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and later was dean for social and behavioral studies.”

A more complete obituary from LexisNexis can be found at AllBusiness.Com which chronicles his postgraduate work at Yale University School of Medicine and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, his work during World War II as a captain in the Army Medical Corps serving as chief of the neuropsychiatric service in hospitals of the European command, through his work with America’s inner cities and much much more. He served as psychiatric consultant to the international military tribunal that conducted the war-crime trials of former Nazi military and civilian officials at Nuremberg.

Related Links:

Eugene Brody Obituary, Baltimore Sun, March 17, 2010.
Eugene B. Brody: An ‘international star in psychiatry,’ he served as a department head and dean at the University of Maryland, Fred Rasmussen, LexisNexis, March 17, 2010.

APA Psychiatric News Covers Love from Depression

The American Psychiatric Association’s Psychiatric News for February 5, 2010, featured the Foundation’s Love From Depression outreach campaign. Besides Love from Depression, the article describes other outreach programs the Foundation has done and continues to do, ranging from public service announcements on radio, clinician meetings, and the Outstanding Merit Award.
Related Links:
– “Innovation Marks Foundation’s Public-Education Outreach,” Rich Daly, Psychiatric News, February 5, 2010
Love From Depression
Foundation Radio Ads
Outstanding Merit Award 2010