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How the Loss of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led to a Mental Health Crisis
Samantha Rafelson  |  NPR.org
Earlier reductions in psychiatric beds has given rise to more homeless, increased pressure on emergency rooms, and more frequent incarceration of the mentally ill.

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Are Mass Murderers Insane? Usually Not, Researchers Say
Benedict Carey  |  NY Times
Experts say most mass killers act on an intense feeling of injustice—only about 20 percent are psychotic—making it difficult to use mental illness as a predictor. 

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How Is Mental Health Care Failing American Patients?
Linda Girgis, MD  |  KevinMD
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 10 million...

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Psychiatrists Can't Stop Mass Killers
Richard A. Friedman, MD  |  NY Times
Between 1982 and 2017 there were 92 documented mass killings in the U.S. Only 15 percent of the perpetrators had any previous brush with the mental health system.

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The Storm After the Storm: A Disaster's Mental Toll
Kathleen Doheny  |  WebMD
The trauma associated with a natural disaster starts with the actual event, but it can continue long after as post-traumatic stress disorder.

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The Psychological Aftermath of Hurricanes
Susan Scutti  |  CNN
After Katrina, incidences of PTSD among the local population increased from 15 percent to 21 percent. Will we see the same after Harvey and Irma?

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Interrupted Sleep May Lead to Alzheimer's
Tara Bahrampour  |  Washington Post
Studies show a connection between disorders like sleep apnea and the amount of amyloid, a dementia biomarker, that accumulates in the brain. 

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Shortage of Psychiatric Beds Shifts Burden of Care
California Healthline
In Sonoma, one of America’s great wine-producing regions, a county that had 60 psychiatric beds for low-income patients 11 years ago now has none. Where did they go? 

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A New Bill Wants to Incentivize Psychiatrists, Hospitals to Adopt EHRs
Stephanie Baum  |  MedCity News
In the wake of the opioid crisis, Congress tries again to make EHR adoption universal by introducing legislation that would incentivize psychiatrists and mental health hospitals.

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Shame of Our Cities: Neglect of the Mentally Ill
Allen Frances, MD  |  HuffPost
Underfunded treatment, recovery and housing for the mentally ill makes the United States the worst place to have a mental illness. Can you guess the best place to be mentally ill?

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This Should Scare You More Than Terrorism: The Opioid Epidemic
Real Leaders  |  RealLeaders.com
The U.S. is one of only two developed countries that permit direct marketing of pharmaceuticals to consumers. Many of those consumers are dying at unprecedented rates. 

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Artificial Intelligence Can Now Predict Suicide with Remarkable Accuracy
Olivia Goldhill  |  Quartz
Trials suggest machine-learning algorithms...

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Behavioral Health: Fixing a System in Crisis
Steven Ross Johnson and Harris Meyer  |  Modern Healthcare
Chronic illness accounts for about 86 percent of the trillions in annual healthcare spending, yet we still can’t manage mental illness, the single greatest contributor to chronic conditions. 

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Congress Must Include Mental Health Coverage
John Figueroa  |  The Hill
The American Health Care Act allows states to remove insurance...

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Rural Telemedicine for Mental Health Surges
Katherine Igoes  |  Harvard Medical School News
The growth of telemedicine is dramatic but also uneven, with a 45 percent growth...

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Parity Not Apparent: Mental Illness Still Not Receiving Equal Attention
Irv Lichtenwald  |  HITInsight Blog
Congress has passed legislation...

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What Your Therapist Doesn't Know
Tony Rousmaniere  |  The Atlantic
Is therapy more art than science? That prevailing belief has prevented the...

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5 Ways Technology Makes Behavioral Health Care Better
D'Arcy Gue  |  HITInsight Blog
In behavioral health specifically, healthcare IT enables much-...

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Addiction Is a Chronic Brain Disease, Not a Character Flaw
Thomas G. Kimball, PhD  |  The Doctor Weighs In
What addiction...

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Can Digital Solutions Be the Answer to Mental Health Issues?
Reenita Das  |  Forbes
With global costs estimated at $6 trillion by 2030, mental illness is arguably the world’s greatest health concern. Perhaps new digital treatment tools can help stem the tide. 

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Depression Is as Bad for Your Heart as Obesity or High Cholesterol
Amanda MacMillan  |  Health.com
A German study shows depression is responsible for around 15 percent of...

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How Technologies Are Helping to Improve Mental Health Care
Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD  |  The Huffington Post
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How Health Plans Drive EHR Adoption in Behavioral Health
Sara Heath  |  EHR Intelligence
When health plans support access, assessment and...

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