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By On February 7th, 2017

Orange is the New Psychiatric Hospital

Between 1960 and 1980, 80% of the long-term psychiatric beds in the U.S. were eliminated. We all applauded that as a productive move towards de-institutionalization and in supporting people with mental health problems in the community. The reality is that the state hospital of the 1960’s has been replaced with prison. Conservative research indicates that…

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By On February 14th, 2015

The Circle Game of Blame While People Remain Desperate for Treatment

As the need increases for mental health and substance abuse treatment, facilities that provide such treatment are closing their doors.  Just this week, I heard a news story about thousands of people in Alabama who are currently receiving treatment, but have been told that in less than a week, Alabama Psychiatric Services will be shutting down…

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By On August 24th, 2013

Social Factors Impact Health

I think most of us would agree with the statement that if you don’t have access to adequately nutritious food your health will be negatively impacted.  In a medical setting, it would seem imperative for a doctor to find out information about the patient’s social situation in an effort to get the full picture of…

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By On November 20th, 2012

Depression Highlights Costly, Avoidable Health Risks

Depressed workers make up about 11-percent of the work force and that adds up to a lot of medical spending for employers. According to a study published in Health Affairs, those suffering depression spent almost 50-percent more than their nondepressed counterparts. As David Pittman reports for Medpage Today, more than 22-percent of annual healthcare spending…

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By On July 13th, 2012

Coverage for Mental Health Issues May Improve for Many Americans

At the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of continuing their positive national movement towards ensuring that mental health and addictions receive similar recognition as other medical conditions, which will allow more Americans the much needed insurance coverage they deserve. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been aiming…

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