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Gender dysphoria no more a mental disorder; its reclassification by WHO to help fight stigma
06-26-18 Category: Mental Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that it will not consider gender dysphoria as a mental disorder anymore, reclassifying it as a sexual health condition. Renaming it as “gender incongruence,” this major revision has been incorporated in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a standard diagnostic […]

Trump administration’s new rule rolls back ACA protections
06-21-18 Category: Mental Health

A new comprehensive rule by the Donald Trump administration will make it easier for millions of small businesses and self-employed people to purchase health insurance plans that bypass several requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by not only reducing the costs, but also the benefits to the policy holders. The new rule, issued on […]

California State University in dire need of mental health counsellors
05-10-18 Category: Mental Health

There is no denying the fact that mental health disorders have become a burgeoning problem in the United States. And it’s not just the elderly who are getting affected, even youngsters in their prime are increasingly facing the brunt of various mental issues. Students of various university campuses have the advantage of seeking help from […]

NYC’s first lady and Sacramento Mayor discuss mental health initiatives

In a recent meeting of the Center for American Progress (CAP), New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg discussed several strategies to boost mental health care in the real world. McCray, wife of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, spoke about how mental health problems affected her family, especially her daughter […]

Aetna prior-authorization practices come under lens as California begins probe
02-21-18 Category: Mental Health

Aetna’s prior-authorization practices have come under the lens after a former medical director of the insurance company admitted that he never reviewed patients’ medical records when deciding to approve or deny care. In the wake of such blatant violation of laws, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said his department is probing into Aetna’s practices to […]

California to face shortage of mental health professionals, says report
02-15-18 Category: Mental Health

California may face a significant shortage of trained mental and behavioral health care professionals in the next one decade, leaving minorities and rural populations underserved, according to a recent report by the Healthforce Center at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). The report found that the Golden State will have 41 percent less psychiatrists than […]

New behavioral health model can improve lives of chronic mental health patients

Adults with chronic mental health disorders face a reduced life span compared to the general population, increasing the need for a robust behavioral health care model. Acting on that line, the Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, which is a part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Insurance Services Division, came up with a […]

New bill seeks life ban for mentally ill patients on owning guns in California

Californians suffering from severe mental problems may be barred from possessing firearms for life under a bill proposed by a state legislator in an attempt to reduce the number of suicides. The bill – AB-1968 – introduced by Assemblyman Evan Low on Jan. 31, 2018, would apply to those individuals deemed by the courts to […]

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can provide breakthrough in PTSD treatment
01-23-18 Category: Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health

In what could be one of the most revolutionary approaches to treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA alongside psychotherapy in a controlled setting could be the most effective treatment for the problem. Scientists across North America, including researchers from the Canadian province of British Columbia, are gearing up for the third and […]

Feds freeze national registry for addiction and mental health programs

Federal health officials have frozen the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) housed within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The registry was launched in 1997 to provide a robust database containing hundreds of professional mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs already examined and validated by an independent […]

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