Is There a Stigma Against Open Discussions about Mental Illness Online?

While more people are becoming sympathetic toward those who struggle with mental illness, there is still push back against “over-sharing” about personal experiences online. About 1 in 5 U.S. Read more: https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2017/09/02/is-there-a-stigma-against-open-discussions-about-mental-illness-online/

Stress of Spousal Caregiving Can Be Eased By Appreciation

Taking care of an ailing spouse is no easy matter, and the stress many Americans experience as a caretaker is extreme. Yet University of Buffalo researchers noted that helping behaviors, which are at the core of caregiving, typically relieve stress. Read more: https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/08/29/stress-of-spousal-caregiving-can-be-eased-by-appreciation/125286.html

Caregivers’ Fatigue, Sadness Can Lead to More ER Visits for Disabled Spouse

Emergency room staff call it a “pop drop.” That’s when a disabled older person comes in for medical attention, but it seems like the person who takes care of them at home is also seeking a break from the demands of caregiving. Read more: https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/08/27/fatigue-sadness-of-caregivers-leads-to-more-er-visits-for-older-disabled-people/125155.html

D.A.A.D. Dilemma

Depression beginning in anger plagues my life and leads to thoughts of self-destruction. I battle with these three issues everyday. Being bi-polar, depression is a common feeling. Over the past months, as I struggle with physical ailments, the sense of loss and meaningless often overwhelmed me. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-bipolar-coaster/201708/daad-dilemma

Fatigue, sadness and poor health among the spouses who take care of disabled elders can mean higher Medicare bills for the patients

It's been hard to actually study the phenomenon. A new University of Michigan study suggests that tired family caregivers are associated with greater ER visits and higher overall health care costs for the person they care for. Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824090105.htm

Finding the Help That So Many Need

People from all walks of life grapple with serious personal challenges at some point, and seeking help with those is something no one should be ashamed of, says Aruna Kodali, M.D., a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with Centered Health. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/voices-in-recovery/201708/finding-the-help-so-many-need

Could nicotine reduction help curb addiction?

The study appears in JAMA Psychiatry. The Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (VCBH) at UVM focuses on the relationship between behavior and health, particularly in disadvantaged populations, a group that is "overrepresented" among smokers, according to the study's authors. Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170823184400.htm

Funding to Test Interventions to Help Individuals Who Cycle Through Multiple Community Systems

Each year, millions of people cycle through local jails, hospitals, and housing assistance services. According to the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), this cycle can lead to poor health and life outcomes for affected individuals, and it can also be costly for these public institutions. Read more: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/publications/observer/announcements/funding-to-test-interventions-to-help-individuals-who-cycle-through-multiple-community-systems.html

Medicaid patients continue high prescription opioid use after overdose

For every fatal opioid overdose, there are approximately 30 nonfatal overdoses. Nonfatal overdoses that receive medical attention represent intervention opportunities for clinicians to mitigate risk by reducing opioid prescribing or advocating addiction treatment. Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170822111036.htm

Neighborhoods with most overdoses are most lacking in treatment services

The researchers conducted a case study based on interviews with 61 individuals in Staten Island affected by the crisis, supplemented by a literature review and assessment of treatment capacity and distribution of services on the island. Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170822113013.htm