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Is Technology Good or Bad for Mental Health?
Noah Rue  | The Doctor Weighs In
Yes, there are a number of legitimate reasons to be concerned about the negative impact of technology on mental health, but labeling tech as uniformly bad ignores many identifiable upsides.

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5 Ways Drugs and Alcohol Affect Your Mental Health
Andrew Macia  | The Doctor Weighs In
Many use drugs and alcohol as a way to self medicate and manage stress,...

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What Happened When a Prison System Offered Addiction Treatment?
Andrew Joseph  | STAT Health
A study showed recently released inmates are 130 times more likely than the general population to overdose in the two weeks after release. Rhode Island decided to try and change those outcomes.

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Smartphone Syndrome: A Millennial Mental Health Crisis
Thomas G. Kimball, PhD  |  The Doctor Weighs In
Are smartphones a good example of technological progress that improves society? If they are, is the rapid and unmanaged growth of such devices a net positive? 

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Why Don't Americans Get Regular Mental Health Checkups? It's Complicated
Nicole Spector  |  NBC News
Mental illness costs...

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Worsening Anxiety May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's
Janice Wood  |  PsychCentral
Research suggests deposits in the brain manifest first as anxiety and depression, with later potential to develop into cognitive impairment and perhaps Alzheimer’s.

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Ignoring Your Mental Health Is Risky Business
Greg Smith, MD  |  KevinMD.com
No, human beings are not machines, but there is a price to be paid for failing to maintain both. Take care of yourself to lessen the potential for a dramatic breakdown.

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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
Jean M. Twenge  |  The Atlantic
Use of smartphones quietly exceeded 50 percent of the...

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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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