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Stigmatizing Media Portrayals: What Can We Do?

November 1, 2017

October 23, 2017 | By Emma Frankham The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and more »

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Mental Health On Capitol Hill Update

This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill. Now, the White House has announced plans that would make significant changes to mental health coverage. Meanwhile, congressional more »

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Texas creates task force to address students’ post-Harvey trauma

October 11, 2017 | By Aliyya Swaby When the clouds darken and rain starts pouring down, many Houston-area elementary school students get nervous and start to sob — a sign of the long-lasting effects of watching the water levels rise during and after Hurricane Harvey. For Donna Wotkyns, a licensed social worker in Houston, that more »

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Older Adults More Likely to Disclose Suicidal Thoughts As They Age

October 4, 2017 | news.utexas.edu Suicide among older adults is a growing public health issue. Conditions associated with aging such as chronic pain, diagnosed or perceived terminal illness, social isolation and the death of friends and family can push older Americans toward ending their lives. A new study by social work researchers at The University more »

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FDA Approves Medications For Tardive Dyskinesia

October 3, 2017

September 28, 2017 | By Ken Duckworth, M.D. Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a movement disorder that occurs in some people who take first-generation antipsychotics (such as haloperidol, chlorpromazine), and to a lesser degree, second-generation antipsychotics (such as aripiprazole or paliperidone). TD results in repetitive, involuntary movements commonly of the face, lips and limbs. Movement disorders were more »

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