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Depression Stigma Drops For First Time In U.S.

A recent survey found the first evidence of significant decreases in public stigma toward depression in the U.S. Between 1996 and 2018, respondents reported increasing beliefs that mental health problems… Read More

ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 2

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with a large proportion having another mental or behavioral disorder1. Additionally,… Read More

ADHD Interview With Dr. Newcorn: Part 1

It is estimated that ~6 million children have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the US with a large proportion having another mental or behavioral disorder1. Additionally,… Read More

Neurocircuitry Of Depression

During this webinar our speakers will begin with a brief overview of the history of neurocircuitry therapeutics. They will then introduce the core brain networks, and the current state of the… Read More

NAMI: It’s Okay to Talk About Suicide

In this fact sheet “It’s Okay to Talk About SUICIDE,” created by The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), provides prevalence and high-risk population data on suicide in the United… Read More

Psychotherapies For Mood Disorders & Schizophrenia

In the last decades, psychotherapy has gained increasing acceptance as a major treatment option for mood disorders and schizophrenia. This presentation will review the American Psychiatric Association (APA) clinical practice… Read More

Webinar Summary – Mental Health Journey: Voices From Individuals With Lived Experience On Self-Disclosure, Recovery, & Hope

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/mental-health-journey-voices-from-individuals-with-lived-experience-on-self-disclosure-recovery-hope/?collection_id=27536. Talking about mental illness… Read More

Mental Health Awareness Month 2021 Toolkit

Mental Health America (MHA) started Mental Health Month in 1949 to communicate the importance of mental health to overall health. MHA insights about the factors that lead to mental health for… Read More

B4Stage4 – Where To Get Help

When you’ve decided to seek help for a possible mental health condition, knowing what resources are available and where to start can be tricky. This webpage, developed by Mental Health… Read More

The Current State Of Women’s Mental Health

During this discussion, our panelists engage in a dialog reflecting on the research which underscores how women may be disproportionately affected by the current state as compared to men. They… Read More

“I’m here…”: Making Connections

Maria Margaglione, of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), and Jeff Fink, owner of Go Fetch Wellness, talk about DBSA’s “I’m here…” campaign. People with mental health and addiction… Read More

Neuropsychiatric Symptoms (NPS) During COVID-19

Dr. Jeffery Cummings and Dr. George Grossberg will engage in a presentation and discussion of a hypothetical case of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms (NPS) in a patient in residential facility during COVID-19… Read More

Telemedicine & Medication Adherence

Nonadherence to psychotropic medication is one of the major obstacles when treating mental illnesses. Approximately 60% of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia discontinue their medication within 90 days of prescription. For… Read More

A Vicious Circle: Suicidality & Stigma

The irony is painful: Suicidal behavior is highly stigmatized, but stigma itself may increase suicidality. The complex, reciprocal relationship between the two is the focus of two recent journal articles:… 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

Impact & Trauma Of Racism

Many Black people in the U.S. are born into a life of trauma, stemming from a history of repression, violence, and injustice. This trauma is not something any of us… Read More

2020 BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit

Each July, Mental Health America (MHA) aims to shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities, and others that face disproportionate… Read More

“I’m here…”: Peer To Peer – How To Help

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) recognizes mood disorders affect millions of people, yet the stigma surrounding it causes barriers to communication and knowledge about mental health conditions. Here is… Read More

Role Of Pharmacogenetics Testing In Psychiatry

Joseph Goldberg, MD, and Lisa Goldstone, PharmD, MS, discuss the benefits and limitations of pharmacogenetics testing on current psychiatric practice based on recent evidence from clinical trials as well as… Read More

Digital Endpoints & Medication Optimization

In this presentation Dr. Timothy Aungst, Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, discusses the importance of medication optimization and digital technology. Dr. Aungst… Read More

The Pharmacist’s Perspective During The Pandemic

In this presentation, Dr. Timothy Aungst, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, discusses the importance of medication optimization and digital technology. Dr.… 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

Opioid Use & Suicidal Behaviors

Connections between opioid misuse and suicidal behaviors have been explored, but a team of researchers, led by Hillary Samples of the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of… Read More

Mixicity In Depression

Researching depressive mixed states of bipolar depression and major depressive disorder began in the late nineteenth century in Europe and mid-twentieth century in the United States. Depressive mixed state refers… Read More

American Foundation Of Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has been a supporting organization of PsychU since 2018. Dr. Jill Harkavy-Freidman sat down with PsychU to talk about how an individual can… Read More

Utilizing PsychU As A Resident

Dr. Pankaj Manocha, MD shares his perspective as a member of PsychU during his fellowship. Dr. Manocha attended his first PsychU live event discussing treatment implications for bi-polar depression, major… Read More

A Prescription For Pharmacist Intervention

Despite the well-known prevalence of mental health conditions, they are woefully undertreated. Consider this: About one in five Americans has a behavioral condition, but fewer than half—only 41%—receive treatment of… Read More

Interacting With First Responders

Approximately 15% of men and 30% of women jailed have a serious mental illness (SMI).1 Educated first responders can potentially safely de-escalate situations involving a behavioral health crisis. Crisis Intervention… Read More

Interacting With First Responders

Approximately 15% of men and 30% of women jailed have a serious mental illness (SMI).1 Educated first responders can potentially safely de-escalate situations involving a behavioral health crisis. Crisis Intervention… Read More

How Do Bipolar Disorder Type I & Type II Differ?

Traditionally, bipolar disorder type II (BDII) has been thought to be less severe—and less disabling—than bipolar disorder type I (BDI). Experts believe this characterization might be attributed to the fact… Read More

Types Of Mental Health Professionals Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of the different types of mental health professionals. Resource:Types of Mental Health Professionals (PDF). Download… Read More

Major Depressive Disorder In Chronic Kidney Disease

Major Depressive Disorder affects more than 260 million people worldwide1. The reported prevalence of depression in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) ranges from 20-65%2. This webinar provides an overview… Read More

CPAP Provides Relief From Depression

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment provides relief from depression in those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is true irrespective of how well CPAP treatment improved sleep status. There… Read More

Anxiety In Major Depressive Disorder

Dr. Deidra Couch explains the prevalence of anxiety in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), discusses the clinical prognosis of comorbid anxiety with MDD, and identifies rating scales that assess anxiety and… 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

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

Meet The Treatment Team: Physician Assistant

In this interview, Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, discusses the role a physician assistant plays in the mental health team. Physician assistants have a broad-base, primary care medical background in… Read More

Introduction To Marijuana

Marijuana has become an ubiquitous topic of conversation, which is likely fueled by the changes and proposed changes to legislation throughout the United States. Tune in as Dr. Becky Wong,… Read More

Do You Have A SDH Screening Tool?

Depression, alcohol dependency, risk of suicide, childhood trauma — clinical professionals and provider organizations employ a variety of assessment tools and standardized questions to screen consumers for the drivers of… Read More

The Neurobiology Of Endocannabinoids

Hear from Chloe Liu, Ph.D., a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., as she examines the historical research discoveries and underlying neurobiological mechanisms of the endocannabinoid… 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

Gender Differences In Depression

The prevalence of depressive disorders is higher in women than men. Why? Many factors are thought to contribute to the divergence, including biological and clinical presentations. Understanding these variances may… Read More

Webinar Summary – Gender Differences In Depression

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/gender-differences-in-depression/. On March 7, 2019,… Read More

Webinar Summary – Resilience: How Nature & Nurture Shape Us

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/resilience-how-nature-nurture-shape-us/. On February 26, 2019,… Read More

Depression: From Molecule To Man

Dr. Mark M. Rasenick examines the impact of depression in molecules, rodents, primates, and humans from a biological, genetic, and epigenetics perspective. Dr. Rasenick identifies the importance of research derived… Read More

Webinar Summary – Psychiatric Illness Identification & Treatment For Mass Casualty Event Survivors & First Responders (Emergency Relief Series Part 2)

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/psychiatric-illness-identification-treatment-mass-casualty-event-survivors-first-responders-emergency-relief-series-part-2/. This presentation was the… Read More

Webinar Summary – Mental Health Considerations After A Natural Disaster: Clinical Pearls For Those In Nature’s Path (Emergency Relief Series Part 1)

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/mental-health-considerations-natural-disaster-clinical-pearls-natures-path-emergency-relief-series-part-1/. On October 30, 2018,… Read More

Neuromodulation Techniques: State Of The Science

Clinicians managing patients with behavioral health issues are presented with various diagnostic and treatment challenges, spanning the areas of neurobiology, adherence, safety, and medication tolerability. Currently available pharmacotherapeutic, psychotherapeutic, and… Read More

Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10)

The Kessler Psychological Distress 10-Item Scale (K10) is the full version of the scale, designed to measure anxiety and depression. The self-administered scale includes 10 items to measure an individual’s… Read More

Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K6)

The Kessler Psychological Distress 6-Item Scale (K6) is an abbreviated version of the Kessler 10, which was designed as a brief, simple, and reliable instrument to measure anxiety and depression.… Read More

Biomarkers For Depression: An Interview With Robin Nelson, MD

During this interview, Robin Nelson, MD discusses the article summary “Biomarkers For Depression: Recent Insights, Current Challenges & Future Prospects” which can be viewed here: https://psychu.org/biomarkers-depression-recent-insights-current-challenges-future-prospects/. Read More

Neuroinflammation & Psychiatric Illness

Key Messages Multiple lines of evidence support the role of neuroinflammatory processes in the pathogenesis of psychiatric illnesses. Neuropsychiatric disorders are frequently found among patients with autoimmune conditions; in addition,… Read More

Looking Beyond Mood & Psychosis: A Focus On Neurocognition

Historically, cognitive impairment was considered an artifact of patients’ symptoms, attention, or motivation problems, and as such, was an underappreciated feature of schizophrenia. However, recent research has shown cognitive impairment… Read More

Opinions On The Treatment Of MDD

As part of PsychU’s growth and prominence in the mental health community, three large panel presentations were conducted in New York City, Raleigh, NC, and the Los Angeles area discussing… Read More

Major Depressive Disorder With A Seasonal Pattern

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), includes information about major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern, its symptoms, potential treatment, and tips of planning… Read More

Depression Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of depression, its symptoms, causes, and diagnosis, and potential treatment options available. Resource: Depression Fact… Read More

Self-Harm Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of self-harm, why people commit self-harm, treatment and coping alternatives, and tips on helping someone… Read More

Dual Diagnosis Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of dual diagnosis (for mental illness and substance abuse disorders), its prevalence, symptoms, and potential… Read More

Sleep Disorders Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of sleep disorders and how they can affect mental illness, their causes and effects, and… Read More

Suicide Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of suicide, contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, warning signs and risk factors,… Read More

Mental Health Facts In America

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides statistics on mental illness in the United States, including additional information on the impact and consequences of mental… Read More

Multicultural Mental Health Facts

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), shows statistics on the prevalence of mental illness and use of services within different groups of individuals and mentions… Read More

Mental Health: Know The Warning Signs

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides a general set of symptoms that may indicate the presence of a mental health condition, as well… Read More

Taking Charge Of Your Mental Health

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides information on finding a specialist, making your mental health care appointment count, potential questions to ask your mental… Read More

What Is Mental Health Parity?

This infographic, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), discusses what mental health parity is, the rules health plans must follow related to federal and state parity laws,… Read More

Mental Health: Managing Stress

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides an overview of stress, how it may affect someone, and tips for reducing stress or getting help.… Read More

Mental Health: How To Find Help

This fact sheet, created by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), provides tips on reaching out for help with a mental illness. Resource: Mental Health: How To Find Help… Read More

Mental Health Screening Tools

This webpage, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), includes Mental Health Screening Tools for individuals to answer to determine if they are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Read… Read More

Life With Depression

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), part of their Mental Health Toolkit, provides patient statements on what life with depression feels like and tips for tackling depression… Read More

Stop Thinking Stupid Thoughts

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), part of their Mental Health Toolkit, provides a simple practice to help combat self-stigmatizing thoughts. Resource: Stopping Stupid Thoughts (PDF). Originally published… Read More

Think Ahead

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), part of their Mental Health Toolkit, is a worksheet you can use to prepare or plan ahead to organize your thoughts… Read More

What’s Underneath

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), part of their Mental Health Toolkit, provides a simple practice to slow down and identify how you’re feeling in order to… Read More

What’s With The 4.2%?

The most surprising study result I’ve come across during the past couple of weeks was this — only 4.2% of adult consumers receive depression screenings during primary care visits (see 4.2%… Read More

Making Yourself A Priority

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

Accept Help When It’s Offered

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

In The Workplace

In these videos, meet a group of individuals who either live with mental health issues, or care for someone who does. They share helpful personal insights and remind the world… Read More

Mental Health Month 2016 Toolkit

This downloadable resource, developed by Mental Health America (MHA), provides outreach ideas, items for advocates, fact sheets, and handouts about mental illness. Resource: Mental Health Month 2016: Outreach Toolkit (PDF). Originally… Read More

The State Of Depression In America

This video, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and hosted by Mike Wallace, discusses the state of Depression in America, and reflects the unmet need to examine all… Read More

Struggling In Silence

All over the world, many individuals with mood disorders struggle in silence. This interview, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), highlights Linea Johnson as she shares her personal… Read More

Molly Explains Why She Advocates

This interview, developed by Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), with Molly Jenkins, highlights Ms. Jenkin’s experiences and her passionate reasons for being a mental health advocate. Listen To The… Read More

Advanced Receptor Psychopharmacology

This video is part 3 of a series on Basic & Advanced Concepts In Psychopharmacology, from the Psychopharmacology Collection. This video provides an overview of some of the different signaling… Read More

Advanced Neurotransmitters & Neuroglia

This video is part 2 of a series on Basic & Advanced Concepts In Psychopharmacology, from the Psychopharmacology Collection. This video reviews neurotransmitter receptor subtypes, provides an overview of neurotransmitter… Read More

Depression Self-Assessment

This self-assessment, part of the Mental Health Screening Tools developed by Mental Health America (MHA), includes questions for individuals to answer to determine if they are experiencing symptoms of depression,… Read More

Interview With Robin Nelson, MD

In this short interview, Robin Nelson, MD, PsychU Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) Section Editor and Psychiatrist affiliated with DRG Behavioral Health, LLC and Caron Treatment Centers, shared his impressions of… Read More

Interview With Christine Moutier, MD

In this interview, Christine Moutier, MD, a Psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, shares her expert perspective on suicide and discusses the AFSP and their… Read More

Psychiatric Emergency & Crisis

Ahmed Raslaan Nizar, MD shares his perspective on psychiatric emergencies and crisis management in this audio interview. Dr. Nizar is the Medical Director at Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), an… Read More

Immunology Of Major Depression

Key Messages Evidence has indicated that the inflammatory system may play a key role in major depression (MD). Characteristics of immune activation have been observed in MD, and several cytokines… 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

Inflammation In Neurological & Psychiatric Diseases

Key Messages This review article examined findings on the relationship of inflammation with neurological and psychiatric disorders. Several lines of evidence supported the role of inflammation in the pathophysiology of… Read More

Pharmacokinetics: The Basics

During this recorded presentation, Jacquelyn Canning, PharmD, BCPP, provided a brief overview of the basics of pharmacokinetics. The presentation’s objectives included: Explain the concept and clinical relevance of pharmacokinetics Describe… Read More

The State Of Mental Health In America (2017)

An interview with Paul Gionfriddo, President & CEO of Mental Health America (MHA), regarding the release of MHA’s report, The State of Mental Health in America, 2017. Mr. Gionfriddo provides… Read More

Depression, Serotonin & Tryptophan

Key Messages Research into the pathophysiology of depression has moved beyond the serotonergic system to examine the interplay of wider body systems and processes. This article reviewed recent literature pertaining… Read More

Introducing Frameworks In Health & Quality

Introducing Frameworks In Health & Quality. Originally published as part of the FRAMEWORKS in Health and Quality – Value of Collaborative Care in Major Depressive Disorder. Read More

Depression: From Psychopathology To Pathophysiology

Key Messages This review aimed to provide a coherent view of the underlying psychopathology and pathophysiology of depression by integrating findings from cognitive psychology and neurobiology. Cognitive psychology has developed… Read More

Depression & Cardiovascular Disease

Key Messages Depression has been shown to predict cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence and severity. This article reviewed research examining the inter-relationship between CVD and depression. Depression is a risk factor… Read More

Getting Ready For The Era Of Genetic Code

“The world’s last trillion-dollar industry was made out of computer code. The world’s next trillion-dollar industry is going to be created out of genetic code.” – Alec Ross, author of The… Read More

Inflammation, Heart Disease, & Depression

Key Messages Cardiovascular disease and depression commonly co-occur, and this comorbidity is thought to be bidirectional, with psychological stress appearing to play a fundamental role in both conditions. Psychological stress… Read More

The Evolving Psychopharmacology Of Major Depressive Disorder

During this recorded presentation, David Scheiderer, MD, provided a brief overview of the psychopharmacology of major depressive disorder. Key points included: Monoamine Imbalance Theory Alternative Hypotheses Theoretical Receptor-Mediated Physiological Effects… Read More

Time To Stop Settling For Less?

Day-one of ECNP 2015 and balmy weather in Amsterdam did not distract a large number of eager delegates from attending and adding their voice to one of the opening satellite… Read More

Treating Depression: What To Do & When To Do It

Interview with Professor Roger McIntyre, University of Toronto, Canada In my clinical experience, one in two patients with MDD does not reach our therapeutic objective. These patients with suboptimal response… Read More

Not Magic But Logic

An interview with Professor Michael Thase, Director of the Mood and Anxiety Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, USA Depression is a state of negative expectations… Read More

The Importance Of Norepinephrine In Depression

Key Messages The hypothesis that impaired serotonin (5-HT) and/or norepinephrine (NE) neurotransmission underlies depressive disorders continues to be central to treatment approaches. Several lines of evidence support a role for… Read More

Webinar Summary – Measuring Outcome In The Treatment Of Depression: Why You Should Do It & How You Can Do It – A Focus On Measurement-Based Care

This summary was developed utilizing the full recorded presentation of this webinar. You can access the full sourcing, polling results, recording, or presentation slides here: https://psychu.org/measuring-outcome-in-the-treatment-of-depression-why-you-should-do-it-how-you-can-do-it-a-focus-on-measurement-based-care/. On September 16, 2015,… Read More

Study Shows Depression Intervention Benefits Employers

The American Psychiatric Association released a national study in Psychiatric Services in Advance, a peer-reviewed journal, that detailed a multi-site, randomized, controlled trial involving middle-aged workers and how their depression… Read More