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Mental health parity law brought no cut in benefits
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Most employers (96 percent) that offered mental health and substance use insurance coverage before the mental health parity law have continued to offer the same coverage, according to a new government report. The Government Accountability Office report examined the extent to which employers provide mental health and substance use treatment to their employees and how that coverage has changed since the passage of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. More


Rise in PTSD cases from 2 wars strains resources
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Ten thousand combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder flooded into Veterans Affairs hospitals every three months in 2011, pushing the number of patients ill with the disorder above 200,000 and straining resources, Department of Veterans Affairs data show. The increase is more than 5 percent per quarter, and it occurs as the VA struggles to move veterans quickly into therapy. More

Study finds how child abuse changes the brain
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Children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of activity in their brains as soldiers exposed to combat, scientists said in a new study. The study suggests that both maltreated children and soldiers may have adapted to become "hyper-aware" of danger in their environment, the researchers said. More

Childhood disorder prompts study of infection link to mental illness
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Cases of children suddenly exhibiting obsessive-compulsive disorder after strep have led to studies that reinforce the belief that some mental illnesses can be triggered by an immune response. More

Depression may slow exercise recovery
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Exercise is known to ease the symptoms of depression. But does depression change the way the body responds to exercise? A new study suggests that clinical depression may hamper the body's ability to recover from physical activity, prolonging the amount of time it takes for a depressed person's heart rate to slow down and return to normal after a workout. Although it may sound minor, some research suggests that a difference of even just a few beats a minute during postexercise recovery is associated with a shorter life span. More

Depression, partner conflict raise suicide risk for pregnant women, new moms
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Major depression and conflicts with intimate partners increase the risk of suicide among pregnant women and new mothers, a new study indicates. In the analysis, more than half of the women who killed themselves had a known mental health diagnosis. The study also found that new mothers who committed suicide were more likely to be depressed in the two weeks before they killed themselves. More

California mental health needs high, treatment low
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About 2 million Californians are under stress and need some kind of mental healthcare — and are not getting the help they need, according to a new study. "Men are less likely to seek and receive the care they need, and immigrants definitely aren't getting their care needs met," University of California, Los Angeles, researcher David Grant said. "And even native-born Latinos and Asians are unlikely to seek treatment, so that's a definite target for the state to consider." More

California's Cedars-Sinai to cut most psychiatric services
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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California will close its inpatient and outpatient psychiatry programs over the next year, a move prompted by significant shifts in the healthcare system, hospital officials said. The decision was driven by hospital finances and changes to the delivery and organization of healthcare services nationwide. Patients will gradually transition to other facilities, while the hospital will retain psychiatric services in the emergency room, cancer center and other clinical areas. More

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