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November 3, 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 found that these individuals were often stigmatized because of their mental illness. In 301 online news reports, I found 231 examples of stigmatizing language.

This stigmatization Read More

    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 leaders are working toward reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and have forged a tentative bipartisan agreement to stabilize the insurance markets.

    CHIP Reauthorization Update

    The CHIP Read More

    October 25, 2017 | By News Desk (Patch Staff)

    Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants co-founders, Drs. Alec L. Miller and Lata K. McGinn recently celebrated the grand opening of the Schwartzberg Training Center, a new mental health training facility in White Plains. Sixty colleagues and friends attended the event including Harris and Nicole Schwartzberg for whom the Center is named, and mental health advocates actress Glenn Close and New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

    The opening of the Center comes at a Read More

    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 first described in people experiencing schizophrenia before the advent of first-generation antipsychotics, but the clear majority of these movement symptoms currently are induced by medicines. TD can be Read More

    September 26, 2017 |

    There are hundreds of symptoms which can indicate a mental health issue is developing, but it can be difficult to know when to pay attention to them and when they are not a concern.

    Here is a relatively simple way to be able to assess whether you are experiencing mental health symptoms which you should not ignore and for which you may want to seek help.

    First, these are the five general aspects of Read More

    September 28, 2017 | By Jaques Black

    As the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse disorders gains parity within the healthcare environment, new approaches are evolving to accommodate the particular needs of these patients. Facility design for these patients must balance the need to provide a healing environment with adequate security for patients, families, visitors, and staff.

    While there are new behavioral healthcare facilities being constructed, much of our work at Environments for Health Architecture (E4H) has been in redesigning and Read More

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