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As Many As 46 States Have Enacted Measures For Assisted Outpatient Treatment

In a greater than 1,200-word piece, Scientific American (1/24) reports, “As many as 46 states have now enacted measures for” assisted outpatient treatment (AOT), “and these policies have garnered support from organizations including the American Psychiatric Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.” Nevertheless, “these laws are often underutilized,” partly due to a lack of “trained personnel and underfunding, but fierce opposition to AOT plays a part.” Some critics of AOT contend that the treatment “infringes on patients’ rights and harkens [sic] back to the days of asylums.”

Related Links:

— “How Community Mental Health Care Can Make a Major Difference,”Nathaniel P. Morris, Scientific American, January 24, 2017.

Gestational Diabetes And A Previous Bout Of Depression May Increase A First-Time Mother’s Risk Of Postpartum Depression, Researchers Say

HealthDay (1/23, Preidt) reports, “Gestational diabetes and a previous bout of depression can increase a first-time mother’s risk of postpartum depression,” researchers found after analyzing “data from more than 700,000 women in Sweden.” The findings were published online Jan. 18 in the journal Depression and Anxiety.

Related Links:

— “Gestational Diabetes a Risk Factor for Postpartum Depression: Study,”Robert Preidt, HealthDay , January 23, 2017.

Stress Of Managing Breast Cancer Care May Provoke Symptoms Of Anxiety In Partners, Caregivers, Study Suggests

HealthDay (1/23, Thompson) reports that research suggests “the stress of managing breast cancer care provokes symptoms of anxiety in more than 42 percent of partners and caregivers.” Investigators found that “this stress-induced anxiety can last years after their loved one’s illness.” Investigators came to these conclusions after surveying “289 partners of patients diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 or younger.” The findings are scheduled to be presented at a meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology.

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— “When Loved One Has Breast Cancer, Partner Suffers, Too,”Dennis Thompson, HealthDay, January 23, 2017.

Community-Based Programs Making Big Difference In The Lives Of People With Severe Mental Illnesses

In a 2,000-word piece, the Washington Post (1/21, Itkowitz) reported on how certain community-based programs are helping give people with severe mental illness “a chance to lead a meaningful life.” For example, the Way Station program, “which serves more than 5,000 people across Maryland,” is making a big difference in the lives of individuals with mental illnesses by using “social support systems to integrate people with mental illnesses into their communities.”

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— “His mental illness left him homeless. Then a unique program gave him his life back,”Colby Itkowitz, The Washington Post, January 21, 2017.

Infertile Women With Depression May Be Less Likely To Proceed With Fertility Treatments, Study Suggests

Reuters (1/20, Lehman) reported that a study suggests that infertile women “who are depressed are less likely to proceed with fertility treatments.” Researchers found that of the 416 women studied, “41 percent screened positive for depression.” The study’s lead author told Reuters Health in an email, “Our study revealed that women who have a screening test correlating with depression were less likely to proceed with infertility treatments, likely making it harder to achieve the ultimate goal of pregnancy.” The findings were published online Jan. 9 in the journal Human Reproduction.

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— “Depression may prevent infertile women from seeking treatment,”Shereen Lehman, Reuters, January 20, 2017.

Foundation News

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.

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