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Highlighted Stories: Mental Health Treatment in the US

5 Dec

Los Angeles Times – 7.6% of Americans are depressed, but few seek mental health treatment
About 1 in 13 Americans was suffering from depression at some point between 2009 and 2012, yet only 35% of people with severe depression and 20% of those with moderate depression said they had sought help from a mental health professional, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That’s troubling, the report authors write, because therapy combined with medication is “the most effective treatment for depression, especially for severe depression.” Drugs might be prescribed by a primary care doctor, but only a mental health specialist would conduct the type of therapy needed to get well.mental health

CURRENT RESEARCH: ADHD Diagnoses Up 70% Among African-American Children

7 Aug

According to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, more African-American kids are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some experts believe this trend is a result of increasing numbers of African-American parents getting their children evaluated for the disorder. However, there is a concern that children with histories of trauma, violence and abuse are being misdiagnosed (often post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms can be mistaken for signs of ADHD).

CURRENT RESEARCH: Teen Eating Disorders increase suicide risk

30 Jul


A recent study on African American girls shows that individuals with eating disorders are likely to internalize their dissatisfaction and anxiety, resulting in a higher risk of suicide. The results of this study will give prevention scientist an opportunity to specifically target those at risk of psychiatric problems (suicide, depression, etc). The study also highlights the importance of developing prevention programs that are culturally relevant to minorities as well as white Americans.

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CURRENT RESEARCH: Suicide rates among baby boomers increases

23 Jul

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate for adults aged 50 to 64 rose 45 percent between 1999 and 2010, with higher increases for men in their 50’s and women 60 to 64. Notably, African-American men are three times more likely to commit suicide than African-American women (who are the least likely to commit suicide among nearly all demographics).


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