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Childhood Psychological Problems Create Long-Term Economic Losses

A first-of-its-kind study examining the long-term economic consequences of childhood psychological disorders finds the conditions diminish people’s ability to work and earn as adults, costing $2.1 trillion over the lifetimes of all affected Americans. People who suffer from childhood conditions such as depression and substance abuse are less likely to be married, attain less education […]

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Dr. Margaret Stuber

Adult Survivors Of Childhood Cancers 4 Times More Likely To Develop PTSD

Young adult survivors of childhood cancers are four times more likely to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than their control group siblings, a Childhood Cancer Survivors Study has found. The study focused on 6,542 childhood cancer survivors over 18 who were diagnosed with cancer between 1970 and 1986 and 368 of their siblings as a […]

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Rapid Antidepressant Action Of Common Medication Confirmed

Confirming results from earlier research, a clinical trial of treatment for major depression showed that the medication scopolamine, commonly used for motion sickness and as a sedative, could lift symptoms of depression within days, far faster than current antidepressants. Though the study was small, the magnitude of scopolamine’s effects in comparison with placebo suggests that […]

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Exposure To Prenatal Smoking May Lead To Psychiatric Problems

It is well-known that maternal smoking during pregnancy can have long-term effects on the physical health of the child, including increased risk for respiratory disease, ear infections and asthma. New research shows that prenatal smoking also can lead to psychiatric problems and increase the need for psychotropic medications in childhood and young adulthood. (read the […]

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The Role Of Mental Health Support and Self-Help Groups In The U.S. Healthcare System

There is an increasing awareness of the role that mental health support and self-help groups play in recovery from mental illnesses. Mental health support and self-help groups, historically considered as an alternative to traditional mental health treatment, are now recognized as partners in the continuum of mental health care*. The National Survey on Drug Use […]

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Excellent Free Resource: An Introduction To The Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity Act of 2008 And How It Affects Psychologists

Many psychologists have by now heard of The Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity Act of 2008. Basically, this Act tries to prevent discrimination against Americans with mental healthcare needs through the use of biased insurance policies. Historically, physical health insurance coverage provided superior benefits and fewer restrictions than mental health. Psychologists and consumer advocates have fought […]

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