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Pre-conference workshop on April 9
Reid Wilson, Ph.D., author and anxiety expert, will provide an advanced workshop that outlines and demonstrates a rapid-gain treatment model for panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias and OCD. Earn 6 CE credits.
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Accelerated Treatment for Anxiety: Core Concepts, with Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
Reid Wilson, Ph.D., sums up the fundamentals of tackling the most common condition confronting psychotherapists. In this lively new video, combining a live presentation with an accompanying case demonstration, he illustrates the core concepts of his groundbreaking technique and paradoxical twist in exposure therapy.
Depression & Anxiety — The official journal of ADAA
Depression & Anxiety
Toward a Greater Understanding of Mental Health Issues in Today's Military
This issue of Depression & Anxiety (D&A) presents important new information from the remarkable scientiﬁc team assembled to study mental health and suicide in the U.S. Army.
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SPARK Talks: Suicide Prevention, Innovation and Action
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention Resource Center announces the launch of a new video series, SPARK Talks: Suicide Prevention, Innovation and Action. SPARK Talks are short, provocative, action-oriented, realistic, and knowledgeable videos of leaders in the suicide prevention movement. Each of these innovators describes a new development or direction in the field that can have an impact on suicide and issues a call to action.
National center for post-traumatic stress disorder: Animated whiteboard videos
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has released new "whiteboards" — short animated videos that combine narration with hand-drawn images — about PTSD. The series can also be found and shared easily on YouTube.
Advancing Research for Neurological Diseasess Act of 2015
American Brain Coalition
On Jan. 13, Representatives Michael Burgess, R-Texas, and other elected officials introduced H.R. 292, the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act of 2015. H.R. 292 would create a surveillance and data storage system through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track the incidence and prevalence of neurological diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, and other relevant information. This new system will collect accurate information that enable the field to evaluate and understand important aspects of these brain diseases such as variances in gender and ethnicity, how diagnosis and patient treatment varies by region, and how these trends change over time.
We need your help making this plan a reality. Ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 292, the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act of 2015 today.
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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS
Getting mental health services can be hard, despite law requiring parity
The Washington Post
Even though more Americans than before have access to health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, getting mental health services can still be challenging.
Chronic pain not only hurts, it also causes isolation and depression; But there's hope
The Washington Post
Chronic pain frequently is accompanied by depression, which can include fatigue, anxiety and changes in mood, appetite and sleep. Sufferers have some of the lowest reported quality-of-life levels among people with major illnesses. Pain combined with depression can hold sufferers back from engaging in life, which may lead to damaged relationships and loss of employment.
Analysis: SSRIs raise gastrointestinal bleeding risk
The risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding is 1.55 times greater for patients taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors than for patients who have never been treated with the drugs, according to a review of data from 22 studies in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Acid-suppressing drugs appear to reduce the bleeding risks among SSRI users significantly, a subgroup analysis found.
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Reconceptualizing major depressive disorder as an infectious disease
Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders
In this article, an argument is made for a reconceptualization of major depressive disorder (major depression) as an infectious disease. It is suggested that major depression may result from a parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection and presents examples that illustrate possible pathways by which these microorganisms could contribute to the etiology of major depression. It is also argued that the reconceptualization of the human body as an ecosystem for these microorganisms and the human genome as a host for non-human exogenous sequences may greatly amplify the opportunity to discover genetic links to the illness. Deliberately speculative, this article is intended to stimulate novel research approaches and expand the circle of researchers taking aim at this vexing illness.
Combining benzodiazepines with other substances raises risks
Benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam, diazepam, clonazepam and lorazepam, are a class of drugs used to relieve symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks and seizures. They are usually safe when taken as prescribed and directed under a health professional's supervision. However, benzodiazepines can sometimes cause adverse effects — especially if used improperly, or in combination with substances like opioid pain relievers or alcohol. A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that 32 percent of hospital emergency department visits involving benzodiazepines resulted in serious medical outcomes such as hospitalization (or in rare cases, death).
Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications put teens at risk
Teens prescribed anxiety or sleep medications are more likely to abuse them later (compared to those who had never had a prescription). Teens reported they used these medications to self-treat insomnia or anxiety, or to get "high." This research, the first longitudinal study to examine nonmedical use and medical misuse of anxiety and sleep medications among adolescents, was conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan and funded by NIDA and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The findings highlight the need for prevention strategies targeting youth who may be at risk for prescription medication abuse.
Depressive symptoms and drug abuse in adolescents
Research has suggested that depressive symptoms are linked to the initiation of drug taking in adolescents. A recent study by researchers at the University of Southern California examined negative urgency — or acting rashly during periods of extreme negative emotion — as the mechanism linking depressive symptoms and substance abuse initiation.
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