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Let’s Talk About LGBTQIA+ & Mental Health

As we celebrate Pride Month, PsychU will be joining the LGBTQIA+ community in raising awareness of what it means to be LGBTQIA+ identified. This infographic resource provides information around who… Read More

Keeping Your “High Performers” From Burnout

Burnout is a word we’ve heard often in the past 14 months. In one 2021 study across different industries, age groups, and experience levels, 52% of employee respondents said they were feeling burned out, up from… Read More

Nurse Wellness: A Call To Action

Worldwide, nurses are on the frontlines caring for the sick and injured of society. The presence of COVID-19 and the global pandemic have shined a light on nurses’ heroic efforts… Read More

Maternal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

This podcast features Dr. Lisa Weinstock, a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist, discussing mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. As many as 15% of women experience… Read More

Disclosing To Others Fact Sheet

Ideally, the people around you will understand your illness and encourage you. But the important people in your life might not know much about mental illness. They may want to… Read More

Mindfulness In The Treatment Of PTSD

Up to 75% of individuals in North America experience trauma at some point in their lives. Rape, combat, childhood abuse—all are sources of trauma that can give rise to post-traumatic… Read More

My Promise As A Mental Health Nurse

In 2015, I embarked on an academic journey at the University of San Francisco where I completed my master’s degree in nursing and continued on to pursue my doctor of… Read More

Caregiver Wellness & Self-Care

Renée Cavallaro, a licensed clinical social worker, explains wellness and self-care, as well as why both are important for caregivers. In addition to providing some examples of self-care, Renee gives… Read More

The Health Plans Have It!

During the last decade, the number of states that have moved to include behavioral health in their Medicaid health plan contracts has almost doubled. In 2011, only 15 (25%) states… Read More

Telehealth User Satisfaction Is High

User satisfaction is high among consumers who have used telehealth services, according to a J.D. Power survey. The overall customer satisfaction score for telehealth services is 851 (on a 1,000-point… Read More

Sleep In Behavioral Health

In this podcast, Sana Johnson-Quijada, MD, highlights the importance of sleep in overall behavioral health and discusses goals for better sleep quality. Sleep impacts hormones and neurotransmitters. Implementing and maintaining… Read More

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Dr. Nicole Meade discusses suicide awareness and prevention, a topic that is extremely important to our community. Dr. Meade examines suicide statistics and terminology, such as why the phrase “committed… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Opioids

Hear from Chip Meyer, Ph.D., a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., as he examines the historic medical utilization and underlying neurobiological mechanisms of opioids. Explore… Read More

Pain Medication Questionnaire (PMQ)

The Pain Medication Questionnaire (PMQ) is a 26-item instrument designed to identify patients on a continuum from low to high risk for opioid misuse. The original study which validated the… Read More

Is There Value In Staffing Ratios?

Where do mandated staffing ratios fit in value-based care? Do lower staffing ratios for clinical professionals improve the quality of care? The data isn’t clear about the benefits of lower… Read More

Brief Risk Interview© (BRI)

The Brief Risk Interview© (BRI) was developed as a protocol to determine potential patient risk of violating a treatment agreement related to prescription opioids and risk of future opioid misuse.… Read More

Cut Down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE)

The Cut Down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-Opener (CAGE) was designed to screen patient risk for alcohol abuse and dependence in the clinical setting. This version of the tool is a brief… Read More

Resilience: How Nature & Nurture Shape Us

Why any given experience should induce one person to adapt, while another is edged toward a maladaptive stress response that could ultimately lead to psychiatric illness, is not clearly understood.… Read More

Comorbid Medical Illness In Bipolar Disorder

Key Messages This study measured rates of medical illnesses in patients with bipolar disorder (BD) and assessed potential associations between medical disease burden and the clinical course of BD. Compared… Read More

In Integrated Care, One Size Does Not Fit All

Background & Purpose Integrated care is the systematic coordination of general and behavioral health care, encompassing primary care, substance abuse, and mental/behavioral health services.1 In a new study, “Outcomes of… Read More

The Comorbidity Between Depression & Diabetes

Key Messages Depression and diabetes commonly co-occur, yet much uncertainty remains regarding the epidemiology, causation, outcomes, and treatment of this comorbidity. Findings from this review indicated that the relationship between… Read More