When mental health consultation team worked closely with the hospital staff teaching specific interventions to be used with patients diagnosed with both a mental illness and a developmental disability, the use of restraints was eliminated for these patients over a two-year period.
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Leaders discuss how disasters affect individuals and to present lessons learned from recovery operations in response to the 2004 tsunami.
Virginia's mental illness treatment laws are among the most restrictive in the nation. To get help via involuntary commitment, the state requires someone obviously incapacitated by the symptoms of an illness like schizophrenia to be an immediate physical danger to themselves or others.
The tragic results of this archaic law are seen every day across the Commonwealth, but drew national attention in the aftermath of the murders at Virginia Tech. The stories that play out every day in our homes and towns draw little national media attention, but create much pain.
Washington Post examined the issue of suicide among young Hispanic women.
Older adults with diabetes and depression are half as likely to die when they receive depression care management than depressed patients with diabetes who do not receive depression care management.
Some black and minority ethnic groups are three or more times more likely than average to be admitted as inpatients in mental health and learning disability services.
When a severely mentally ill child over 18-years old refuses treatment, what can parents do? If the illness is life-threatening or poses harm to others, involuntary commitment for inpatient care is an option. However, for most parents, helping their grown child may require a host of intervention techniques, crisis services, and community support. What sets mental illness apart from physical illness is that a common response of the psychotic person is to avoid treatment and deny any illness.
A behavioral therapy designed to treat children diagnosed with social phobia helped them overcome more of their symptoms than the antidepressant fluoxetine.
The majority of Hurricane Katrina survivors who developed mental disorders after the disaster are not receiving the mental health services they need.
Troops returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with mental illness are receiving different levels of disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
People eligible for the surgery often have a history of mental health problems or eating disorders.
Netsmart announced the availability of four video case studies featuring idea sharing and insight from four progressive, successful behavioral and public health organizations.
Department of Veterans Affairs at a hearing examining the issue of suicide.
The life risks that insurance covers -- death, financial hardship, serious illness and reduction in standard of living -- are on the minds of Americans, more so than people in 10 other countries surveyed.
Breaking the Silence conference aimed to address an often hidden and still taboo topic within the African-American community: mental illness and the dangers of not treating it.
Why do mental illness and drug addiction often go together? New research reveals that this type of dual diagnosis may stem from a common cause: developmental changes in the amygdala, a walnut-shaped part of the brain linked to fear, anxiety and other emotions. A full report on why these "comorbid" disorders may develop appears in the December Behavioral Neuroscience, published by the American Psychological Association (APA).
A new report provides a state-by-state analysis of how Medicaid agencies are exercising their responsibilities for mental health services.
Although many of the children who were displaced after Hurricanes have returned to their home communities or home states, they still face inadequate housing, unsafe communities, and inadequate access to comprehensive medical and mental health care.
At least 46,600 Gulf Coast children are experiencing mental health problems and other serious aftereffects of the 2005 hurricanes.
In the first month after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and surrounding areas in August 2005, 17% of the city's residents reported serious mental illness.
Experts discuss the effects of natural and manmade disasters on mental health during a time of global climate change.