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Representative Ted Lieu of California proposes mental-health legislation regarding the executive branch.

Congressman Ted Lieu and U.S.-presidential Mental Health

From the office of Congressman Ted Lieu, 33rd District of California (who replaces Representative Henry A. Waxman): We have been exploring legislation to create a Presidential Psychiatrist position in the White House Medical Unit, similar to the Presidential Physician position that already exists. Although the impetus has certainly been our current president, this concept has […]

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Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk

Violence by Raymond B. Flannery Ph.D., FAPM, Reviewed

From Holy Cross Alumni magazine, winter 2017, volume 51, number 1 “Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk By Raymond B. Flannery Jr. ’64 Lantern Books [distributor] In Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk, Flannery explores the question of violence and whether or not it […]

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The singer talks about battling posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Lady Gaga and PTSD

Huffington Post and other sources report on Lady Gaga’s appearance on Today discussing her battle with PTSD (see below). AMHF Books is one of the leading publishers of works (9) on PTSD, stress, and violence. In spring 2017, The American Mental Health Foundation will issue Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism by Dr. […]

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The saintly proponent of mental health

Patron Saints for People Suffering from Depression: 19 Million in the U.S. Alone

Depression, which can be paralyzing, is the most common emotional problem, certainly in the United States: by some estimates 19 million. But of course, it has an international, human dimension that transcends borders. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney was born near Lyons (Dardilly) on May 8, 1786. As a youngster, he worked the land while teaching other children […]

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Not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association...yet

Orthorexia Nervosa: Not in the DSM-5

At the recent meeting of the New England Psychological Association in Worcester, Massachusetts, Marist College student Francesca Treglia presented “Orthorexia Nervosa: Should this Classification Be in Any Updates of DSM-5?” Treglia received research supervision from William Van Ornum, Ph.D., FAPA, professor of psychology at Marist as well as professional advisory-board member of The American Mental […]

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The Sixth Annual Report of The American Mental Health Foundation

This is the sixth Annual Report of The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), a research organization formed in 1924, incorporated in New York State December 31, 1954. In 2017, AMHF celebrates 93 years of philanthropic service and activities—“Advancing Mental Health: A Century of Excellence in Mental Health Research.”   Vision: Building a More Compassionate Society—Get Involved!   Mission: AMHF endeavors […]

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At one time or another,  in every life, there is the need for "psychological first aid."

World Mental Health Day: October 10—Psychological First Aid

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on October 10, 2016, covers “psychological first aid.” Efforts in support of the day will focus on basic pragmatic psychological support by people who find themselves in a helping role—whether they are health staff, teachers, firefighters, community workers, or police officers. Despite its name, psychological […]

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Terrorism: An Overview

Where was God? Dateline: Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013 The day was perfect. Bright sunshine, a pleasant warmth. College student, Victoria McGrath, was excited. The Boston Marathon was a premier sports event. The crowd was excited as well. The enthusiasm was electric and Victoria positioned herself near the finish line, so as to have the […]

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E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., on the front lines, as is Rep. Timothy Murphy (R., Pa.)

U.S. Government Drops the Ball on Serious Mental-health Issues

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., says shame on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With a budget of $3.5 billion to reduce the burden of mental illness and substance abuse, SAMHSA has nonetheless never ascertained the prevalence (numbers afflicted) of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. […]

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Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk

New England Psychologist Reviews Violence by Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.

Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk by Raymond B. Flannery Jr., Ph.D., FAPM, June 2016 New England Psychologist Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This new publication by Raymond Flannery called Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk, serves as a useful handbook for understanding the […]

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