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March, 2011



Martinez Appointed to National Committee on Mental Health Care Needs of Older Americans

University of Texas at Austin News

March 2, 2011


AUSTIN, Texas - The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences has appointed Dr. Octavio N. Martinez Jr. to a 16-member national consensus committee that will study the mental health care needs of older Americans and how best to meet those needs.





Texas comptroller backs use of rainy day fund for current year deficit

Austin American-Statesman

March 3, 2011


The push to use some of the state's rainy day fund to help erase the $4.3 billion deficit in the current budget got a boost Thursday from Comptroller Susan Combs.  ...House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, said he wanted a report from Combs to let members know that the state has been diligently cutting spending, and yet the deficit persists.



Texas Lawmakers Debate How to Curb School Bullying

Texas Tribune

March 3, 2011


...A bill by state Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, expands the definition of bullying and includes a section on cyberbullying. It would allow school officials to move bullies to separate classrooms - existing law permits that only for victims - and would require districts to report incidents of bullying to the state.





Judge: Lawsuit Against Janssen May Proceed

Texas Tribune

March 4, 2011


A district judge has ruled the Texas Attorney General's Office may continue its legal challenge gainst the drug company Janssen over its schizophrenia drug Risperdal. Texas' lawsuit alleges Janssen used false advertising and offered trips and kickbacks to state health officials to get Risperdal listed on the Texas Medication Algorithm, which mandates the use of certain drugs for adults whose medications are paid for by the state.



Menninger Clinic set to proceed with new Houston campus

Houston Business Journal

March 3, 2011


The Menninger Clinic is finally preparing to break ground on a new 144-bed complex near the Texas Medical Center that was delayed due to the recession.  ...The new mental health clinic will be built on 50 acres of land on South Main Street near the corner of South Post Oak Road. adviser conducts life-saving live chat

United States Air Force

March 3, 2011


Randolph Air Force Base, Texas (AFNS) --'s internet advisers, or "chatters", answer a variety of questions from the online public, but on rare occasions, they are asked to help save a life.  ...Mr. Shimp did the chatting and speaking, while Ray Korleski and Todd Goins assisted him in contacting appropriate base command posts. The three chatters wasted no time so the distraught Airman could get the help he needed immediately.



County officials weigh in on proposed budget cuts to health, human services

McKinney Courier Gazette

March 3, 2011


Medicaid provides 3.5 million Texans with access to health care but the Senate's proposed budget would cut Medicaid by 29 percent, causing concern to those who rely on the program for nursing home and long-term care services and health care.



Participants Needed For Novel Intervention Study For Treatment-Resistant Depression

The Cypress Times

March 4, 2011


HOUSTON, TX - The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is currently conducting several clinical research studies offering novel interventions for patients with treatment-resistant depression. The goal is to reduce the time when patients are at greatest risk for serious consequences of depression such as suicide.



Texas Deputy Hit by Plate During Standoff

March 2, 2011


HOUSTON -- A man held a SWAT team at bay for hours after investigators went to a Northeast Houston apartment complex to arrest him, detectives said.  ...The suspect was carried out on a stretcher and his hand suffered injuries when he broke the window to escape, officials said. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Family members said the man suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.





Army can't track mental health records of deployed soldiers

March 3, 2011


Between 20 percent and 30 percent of troops who have served combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from mental health problems, but a Nextgov investigation shows the Army currently has no way to consistently track the mental health status of soldiers deployed to the two countries and the service finds itself overwhelmed by paper records.



Oklahoma Panel Aims At Cutting Prison Spending, Overcrowding

News On 6

March 3, 2011


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Overcrowding in Oklahoma's prisons has reached "critical capacity" while spending on the correctional system is "eating into all other priorities," a panel of experts told Oklahoma legislators this week. The panel, which has been studying effective strategies for improving the system, said Oklahoma should learn from the efforts of states like Texas. In that state offenders have been diverted into mental health and drug treatment programs, provided more opportunities for rehabilitation and use probation and parole mechanisms to avoid the costs of building new prisons.



Mental health centers scrutinized for Medicare fraud

Los Angeles Times

March 3, 2011


Outpatient mental health centers in Florida are under scrutiny by Medicare due to "widespread" questionable billings at many of them, a chief fraud investigator said. The oversight stems from a scheme in which the nation's largest mental health operator, Miami-based American Therapeutic Corp., collected $84 million over eight years through alleged phony billings. Medicare shut down its seven offices from South Florida to Orlando in October and charged 20 people last month, including six psychiatrists and psychologists.,0,5820073.story



Depression After Miscarriage

The New York Times

March 3, 2011


Periodically when I write about miscarriage on Motherlode, a debate breaks out in the comments between those who see losing a pregnancy as a lasting tragedy in their lives and those who wonder why those women can't see the loss as "nature's way" and move on. A study released today in the online version of the British Journal of Psychiatry hints at  a similar debate in the psychiatric community as well.



Poor, infirm say Cuomo Medicaid plan hurts them

San Antonio Express News

March 3, 2011


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Patients facing chronic diseases such as lupus, kidney transplants, mental health disease and others living with HIV or AIDS said Thursday that the state's cost-cutting will deprive them of needed medications.





Ruling won't stand in way of healthcare reform implementation

Los Angeles Times

March 3, 2011


Reporting from Washington - Handing the Obama administration a legal victory, the federal judge in Florida who ruled the new healthcare law unconstitutional has cleared the way for continued implementation of the sweeping overhaul. In a ruling released Thursday, Judge Roger E. Vinson, one of two federal judges who have said that the federal government cannot require Americans to get health insurance, stood by his Jan. 31 conclusion that the insurance mandate invalidates the whole law. But he backed the administration's request that his earlier ruling be stayed while appellate courts review the constitutionality of the new law.,0,7204404.story





Taking a scalpel to the healthcare system

Los Angeles Times

March 3, 2011


Former Tennessee Gov. Philip Bredesen proposes a Social Security-like trust fund to collect payroll taxes and issue medical vouchers to every American. That would do away with private health insurers - making it something worth considering.,0,1032271.column





Susceptibility Factor for Bipolar Disorder Identified

Science Daily News

March 3, 2011


A new study provides fascinating insight into the genetic basis of bipolar disorder, a highly heritable mood disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of mania and depression. The research, published online February 24 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, identifies a previously unrecognized susceptibility factor for bipolar disorder.



Widespread cortical changes in pediatric bipolar disorder with psychosis

Med Wire News

March 4, 2011

Children with bipolar disorder (BD) who also experience symptoms of psychosis show widespread cortical changes relative to their mentally healthy peers, research shows.



Vocational rehabilitation benefits schizophrenia patients

Med Wire News

March 4, 2011


Vocational rehabilitation improves cognition and reduces symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, say Brazilian researchers ."Recent studies estimate that approximately 80% of the patients with schizophrenia present a significant cognitive deficit when compared to healthy persons, and this deficit may affect up to 98% of patients when premorbid functioning is considered," observe Danielle Soares Bio and Wagner Farid Gattaz from the University of São Paulo.



'Racial Battle Fatigue' Seems to Fuel Anxiety Disorder Among African-Americans

Psych Central News

March 4, 2011


Emerging research suggests chronic exposure to racial discrimination is analogous to the constant pressure soldiers face on the battlefield.And, just as soldiers experience debilitating stress when they return home, African-Americans face race-based battle fatigue, according to Penn State investigators.



How Depression And Anxiety Differentially Influence Physical Symptom Reporting

Medical News Today

March 4, 2011


Researchers have for decades hypothesized that negative emotions lead to inflated reports of common physical symptoms, like headaches or an upset stomach. But a new University of Iowa study suggests that two negative emotions depression and anxiety influence symptom reporting in different ways. Published in the latest issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the study indicates that people who feel depressed report experiencing a higher number of past symptoms. People who feel anxious, by contrast, report more symptoms in the present moment.





Ruminating Spirit: Jodie Foster on Depression, Healing and the Human Condition

NAMI Advocate

Winter 2011


The Beaver, an upcoming comedy-drama directed by and co-starring Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster, is the story of a man living with depression and its impact on his family. The film explores the complexity of personal challenges many people struggling with depression encounter as they journey on their path to healing.



Coping Strategies for Grandparent Caregivers

NAMI blog

March 4, 2011


In my work at the NAMI HelpLine, I have come to realize the important role that grandparents play when mental illness affects the family. Normally, grandparents play a special, dynamic and important role in the lives of their grandchildren, frequently providing unconditional love. They are often a link to the family's history or act as a buddy, hero, mentor or role model. When serious mental illness occurs in the family, however, there are times when grandparents have to step into a new and unexpected role-raising their grandchildren while caring for their adult child living with a mental illness. In this case, grandparents can become the family anchor.



Self-empowerment: Conquering the stigma within

from the Winter 2011 issue of esperanza


When Stacy G. was diagnosed with depression, the Calgary mother of two rejected the notion. In her family, mental illness was either a taboo topic or ridiculed with terms like "nut cake" or "nut job." Stacy blamed her persistent sadness and negativity on a stressful job and pledged to banish this "crappy thing" from her life through sheer determination.


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