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Screening children for mental health issues may not guarantee care, by Chelsea Conaboy. Boston Globe, November 25, 2013.  “Six years after the state launched an unprecedented effort to address the mental and developmental needs of young children, doctors in Massachusetts are screening more children for behavioral health concerns than any other state.”

Mental health advocates: Shortage of beds could mean more violence, by Ray Sanchez and Rose Arce. CNN, November 20, 2013.  “The incident renewed public attention on a chronic shortage of beds for the mentally ill -- an alarming national trend that mental-health advocates say is responsible for a long list of violent acts. Research from the nonprofit Treatment Advocacy Center found that the number of state psychiatric beds decreased nationwide by 14% from 2005 to 2010. In 2005, there were 50,509 state psychiatric beds, compared with 43,318 in 2010. In 1960, by comparison there were 535,000 public psychiatric beds nationwide.”

Reframing the gun control debate: Is mental health the next focus?, by Ashley Killough. CNN, September 20, 2013.  “Now, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, wants to re-introduce a mental health measure that had overwhelming support across party lines earlier this year. Co-authored by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, the legislation calls for more training and familiarity with services in schools and communities. The measure was added as an amendment to the broader gun control package in the Senate earlier this year, and while the chamber approved Ayotte's amendment by a wide margin, 95-2, the overall package failed. The mental health legislation went nowhere.”

Mental health clinics cited, by Chelsea Conaboy. Boston Globe, June 20, 2013.  “Dozens of therapists who were unlicensed or improperly supervised routinely treated mentally ill patients at three clinics owned by a major provider of care to low-income people in Massachusetts, state records show. The findings last year, described in documents obtained by the Globe and filed as part of a lawsuit, highlight a two-tier system in which low-income patients often are treated by mental health workers with less training and expertise than caregivers for privately insured patients.”

Treatments of physical and mental health are coming together, by Anna Gorman. Los Angeles Times, June 09, 2013.  “As the nation seeks to extend healthcare coverage to millions of new and in many cases chronically ill patients, one of the great parallel challenges to controlling costs and improving delivery of care will be managing the mental health problems of people like Hunter. Already, about 2 million patients a year receiving care at government-subsidized community health centers also must be treated for depression, anxiety and other mental conditions, according to the National Assn. of Community Health Centers.”

Handshakes Make a Difference for Social Connections, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, October 22, 2012.  “In the new paper published online and for the December print issue of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, researchers studied the neural impact of a handshake and how important the practice is to the evaluations we make of subsequent social interactions.”

Different Views of Child Behavior Can Aid Diagnosis, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, November 02, 2011.  “Emerging research suggests clinicians may benefit from conflicting reports of a child's behavior.”

Don't Worry, Be Happy: Understanding Mindfulness Meditation, by Association for Psychological Science. October 31, 2011.  “In times of stress, we're often encouraged to pause for a moment and simply be in the 'now.' This kind of mindfulness, an essential part of Buddhist and Indian Yoga traditions, has entered the mainstream as people try to find ways to combat stress and improve their quality of life. And research suggests that mindfulness meditation can have benefits for health and performance, including improved immune function, reduced blood pressure, and enhanced cognitive function.”

Teens' IQ May Rise or Fall Over Time, by Maia Szalavitz. Time Magazine, October 21, 2011.  “The brain undergoes more change in adolescence than at any other time of life, save before birth and during infancy. That may help explain why teenagers' IQ can fluctuate significantly over time, as a new study finds, registering large enough changes to move a child from "average" to "gifted" or in the other direction, to below average intelligence.”

Americans' Mental Health Disabilities on the Rise, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, September 26, 2011.  “A new study discovers American adults are reporting an increase in mental health disability compared to prior decades.”

Brain wiring continues, by Raquel Maurier. University of Alberta, September 22, 2011.  “The human brain doesn't stop developing at adolescence, but continues well into our 20s, recent research from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta demonstrates.”

Mental Health Care Reform Urged by Top Scientists, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, September 14, 2011.  “Psychotherapy experts say that as Americans work to reform the medical care system, they should also redesign how mental health care is delivered.”

Researchers look for ingredients of happiness around the world, by Diana Yates. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 29, 2011.  “In a new study, researchers at the University of Illinois put Maslow's ideas to the test with data from 123 countries representing every major region of the world.”

Turning to Software to Help Treat Brain Injuries, by Gordy Slack. New York Times, June 17, 2011.  “Finding any sort of treatment for traumatic brain injuries, much less a cure, has not been easy. But some neuroscientists now see great potential in techniques of manipulating the brain's "neuroplasticity," its propensity to rearrange its neuronal structure in response to behavior and stimuli.”

Need Therapy? A Good Man Is Hard to Find, by Benedict Carey. New York Times, May 21, 2011.  “Men earn only one in five of all master's degrees awarded in psychology, down from half in the 1970s. They account for less than 10 percent of social workers under the age of 34, according to a recent survey. And their numbers have dwindled among professional counselors.”

Has Psychiatry Really Abandoned Psychotherapy? Behind the New York Times Story, by Ronald Pies. Psych Central, April 04, 2011.

The Wrong Type of Talk Therapy, by Keely Kolmes. New York Times, March 18, 2011.  “Consumer review sites like Yelp are a wonderful resource if you're trying to find a reliable plumber or good hair salon. And they provide a great forum for customers looking to rant or rave. However, as these sites begin to cover more aspects of consumer life, complications arise - as, for instance, when people review confidential mental health care services.”

Talk Doesn't Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy, by Gardiner Harris. New York Times, March 05, 2011.  “Medicine is rapidly changing in the United States from a cottage industry to one dominated by large hospital groups and corporations, but the new efficiencies can be accompanied by a telling loss of intimacy between doctors and patients. And no specialty has suffered this loss more profoundly than psychiatry.”

Provider Shortage Leaves Parents Searching, Doctors Overwhelmed, by Deborah Becker. WBUR, February 03, 2011.  “More often than not what many parents hear when they are looking for a children's mental health care professional is a voice recording saying the doctor isn't in.”

Mental Health Screening Exposes Access Problems, by Monica Brady-Myerov. WBUR, February 02, 2011.  “Diagnosing a mental illness in a child is extremely challenging.”

Parents Divided by the Medication Debate, by Monica Brady-Myerov. WBUR, February 01, 2011.  “Giving a child drugs to manage a mental illness is a difficult, personal decision. Here are two families who have struggled with it, and made different choices.”

One Family's Traumatic Struggle For Mental Health Care, by Deborah Becker. WBUR, January 31, 2011.  “The peaceful sound of wind chimes at the front door of the Cadogans well-appointed Sudbury home is deceiving. The family has been struggling to deal with the mental health needs of one of the children.”

The Politicized Mind, by David Brooks. New York Times, January 10, 2011.

What's A Mental Disorder? Even Experts Can't Agree, by Alix Spiegel. NPR, December 29, 2010.  “The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or DSM, updated roughly every 15 years, has detailed descriptions of all the mental disorders officially recognized by psychiatry”

Mental Health Needs Seen Growing at Colleges, by Trip Gabriel. New York Times, December 19, 2010.  “Stony Brook is typical of American colleges and universities these days, where national surveys show that nearly half of the students who visit counseling centers are coping with serious mental illness, more than double the rate a decade ago. More students take psychiatric medication, and there are more emergencies requiring immediate action.”

Psychotropic Meds for Foster Kids Controversial, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, September 24, 2010.  “Over the past decade, use of psychotropic medications for youth has more than doubled. For foster children, the rates are much higher, with an astonishing 13 to 52 percent of foster kids receiving the medications, as compared to 4 percent of the general youth population.”

Mental health messages actually increase stigma, by Marissa Cevallos. Orlando Sentinel, September 16, 2010.  “The message that “mental illness is just a disease” isn’t reducing stigma. It’s actually making the stigma worse.”

Chronically distressed Type D people carry higher heart/mental health risks, by Deb Pressey. The News Gazette, September 15, 2010.  “While Type A people are characterized by impatience, ambition and competitiveness and Type B people have a more laid back approach to life, the Type D personality is marked by negative emotions, pessimism and social awkwardness, according to the American Heart Association.”

Lack of Sleep Linked to Mental Illness, by Amy Corderoy. Sydney Morning Herald, September 01, 2010.  “Young people who get very little sleep are much more likely to become mentally ill, Australian research shows.”

Being a Mama's Boy: Good for Your Health?, by Eben Harrell. Time, August 27, 2010.  “Being a mama's boy, new research suggests, may be good for your mental health.”

Ways People Help One Another with Mental Health Issues, by John Grohol. Psych Central, August 22, 2010.

Increasingly Mental Health Treatment Involves Drugs Alone, by Shaun Heasley. DisabilityScoop, August 20, 2010.

BP Criticized for Refusing Mental Health Support, by Shadra Bruce. Mental Health News Organization, July 30, 2010.  “BP has been the cause of incredible levels of stress and anxiety since the explosion of the DeepWater Horizon rig nearly 100 days ago, and while the company has stepped in to cover the costs of cleanup and provide some financial support to those who have lost their livelihoods, their recent refusal to assist with mental health treatment for those suffering from the effects of the spill has the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) up in arms.”

Mental health experts ask: Will anyone be normal?, by Kate Kelland. Reuters, July 27, 2010.  “An updated edition of a mental health bible for doctors may include diagnoses for "disorders" such as toddler tantrums and binge eating, experts say, and could mean that soon no-one will be classed as normal.”

Prime Number, by New York Times. New York Times, July 25, 2010.  “313: The number of drugs - a record high - under research and development to treat mental illness.”

Crisis in Mental Health Grows Whilst Spending is Cut, by Robert Valenzuela. News Fire, July 16, 2010.  “Increasing demands for health care services has gone up even in the face of the devastating global crisis - yet financially hard up care centers are downgrading their services, due to deep cuts in mental health appropriations from the government.”

Mental Disorders and/or Substance Abuse Related to 1 of Every 8 Emergency Department Cases, by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health News Digest, July 08, 2010.  “Nearly 12 million visits made to U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2007 involved people with a mental disorder, substance abuse problem, or both, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This accounts for one in eight of the 95 million visits to emergency departments by adults that year.”

Secondhand Smoke May Affect Mental Health, by Alice Park. Time Magazine, June 07, 2010.  “Now researchers at University College of London have quantified another health risk for those exposed to secondhand smoke: mental-health ills”

On the Verge of 'Vital Exhaustion', by Benedict Carey. New York Times, May 31, 2010.  “In recent years, psychiatrists in Europe have been diagnosing what they call "burnout syndrome," the signs of which include "vital exhaustion."”

Mind Over Meds, by Daniel Carlat. The New York Times, April 19, 2010.  “Over the course of the decade following my residency, my way of thinking about patients had veered away from psychological curiosity. Instead, I had come to focus on symptoms, as if they were objective medical findings, much the way internists view blood-pressure readings or potassium levels. Psychiatry, for me and many of my colleagues, had become a process of corralling patients’ symptoms into labels and finding a drug to match.”

PharmVille: Dr. Bob's Web Site, by Virginia Heffernan. The New York Times, April 12, 2010.  “Psycho-Babble, which given its subject and tone can seem like one of the Web's more gonzo enclaves, is actually an exceedingly conscientious experiment.”

Understanding Post-Adoption Depression, by Tara Parker-Pope. New York Times, March 31, 2010.  “New research shows that depression after the arrival of a child isn’t limited to birth parents: adoptive parents are also at risk for depression after bringing a child home.”

Google and Facebook raise new issues for therapists and their clients, by Dana Scarton. Washington Post, March 30, 2010.  “The tremendous availability online of personal information threatens to alter what has been an almost sacred relationship between therapist and patient. How and when a therapist should use the Internet -- and even whether he or she should -- are questions subject to vigorous debate.”

When Your Looks Take Over Your Life, by Jane Brody. New York Times, March 22, 2010.  “Though tens of thousands of Americans suffer from body dysmorphic disorder, only recently has research begun to shed light on it.”

Money: Nudging Schools to Help Students With Learning Disabilities, by Konrad Walecia. New York Times, February 26, 2010.  “Federal law says schools must provide an appropriate education for all children with learning disabilities, but parents can help by becoming advocates and experts.”

Pregnancy: Some Depression Relief, Without Drugs, by Roni Caryn Rabin. New York Times, February 24, 2010.  “A study found that acupuncture designed specifically for depressive symptoms seemed to help pregnant women.”

For Many Latina Teens, Gang Life Adds to Stress, by Meribah Knight. New York Times, February 20, 2010.  “The experiences of a young Hispanic girl, formerly a gang member, typify the pressures such girls face.”

Hidden Clues, by Lisa Sanders, M.D. New York Times, December 04, 2009.  “Would a doctor have looked at Sherlock Holmes and seen a condition to diagnose?”

Surgery for Mental Ills Offers Both Hope and Risk, by Benedict Carey. New York Times, November 26, 2009.

How to Find Mental Health Care When Money Is Tight, by Lesley Alderman. New York Times, November 20, 2009.  “Hot lines, online groups and organizations that charge fees on a sliding scale are options for finding help.”

Treating Dementia, but Overlooking Its Physical Toll, by Tara Parker-Pope. New York Times, October 19, 2009.  “Dementia, often viewed as a disease of the mind, is also a progressive physical disease.”

Psychologists Reject Gay 'Therapy', by Associated Press. New York Times, August 05, 2009.  “In a resolution, the American Psychological Association rejected reparative therapy, which says gay men and lesbians can change their sexual orientation.”

Suicide Warnings for 2 Anti-Smoking Drugs, by Gardiner Harris and Duff Wilson. New York Times, July 01, 2009.  “Federal drug regulators warned that patients should be watched closely for signs of serious mental illness.”

Documentary Asks, "After Prison, Then What?" The Answer Is Often More Prison, by Ginia Bellafante. New York Times, April 27, 2009.

Mass. mental health system gets a 'B', by Craig Douglas. Boston Business Journal, March 16, 2009.  “Massachusetts was one of only six states to receive a "B" grade by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for its public mental health care system.”

The Americanization of Mental Illness, by Ethan Watters. New York Times, January 08, 2009.  “In recent years, American ideas about psychiatric disorders have spread around the globe. Is that really good for the world’s mental health?”

Getting childhood mental health care right, by Lisa Przystup. Milford Daily News, December 26, 2008.

Bailout Provides More Mental Health Coverage, by Robert Pear. The New York Times, October 06, 2008.  “ The new law, which will affect more than one-third of all Americans, comes after 12 years of advocacy by friends and relatives of people with mental illness and addictions.”

To tell the truth, by Michael Jellinek, M.D. The Newton Tab, September 02, 2008.

Transition to College, by Michael Jellinek, M.D. The Newton Tab, August 05, 2008.

A leap in mental care for children, by Roselynn Carter. Boston Globe, July 10, 2008.  “In the 31 years since I chaired the first presidential commission on mental health, medical science has made significant strides in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental illnesses. Living in recovery from a mental illness is now not only possible, but expected. Even children and adolescents diagnosed with mental disorders go on to lead healthy, productive lives.”

The Teenage Brain, by Erin Graham. Children's Hospital Boston: DreamOnline, July 01, 2008.

Do as I do, by Michael Jellinek, M.D. The Newton Tab, May 29, 2008.

Kids and self esteem, by Michael Jellinek, M.D. The Newton Tab, March 04, 2008.

Screening Kids' Mental Health, by Karen Brown. WBUR, February 28, 2008.  “Recently, the state started requiring that all pediatricians screen their young medicaid patients for mental health problems....some worry the screenings could put more stress on a mental health care system that's already under strain.”

Mental screening for young to begin: Mass. doctors to offer questionnaires for children on Medicaid, by Carey Goldberg. Boston Globe, December 27, 2007.

Whose Game is it, Anyway? A Guide to Helping Your Child Get the Most From Sports, Organized by Age and Stage, by Richard Ginsburg, et al. 2006.

When does your mental health become a problem?, by BBC. BBC, 2013.  “People often experience sadness in response to difficult life events, but when does this become a mental health problem? One in four people are expected to experience a mental health problem, yet stigma and discrimination are still very common. Myths such as assuming mental illness is somehow down to a 'personal weakness' still exist.”

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