Category Archives: Medical

New at “Watch…”: Mental Illness On Trial

Mental health care? For too many, what actually occurs is mental illness criminalization. How could this be? A new video from The Treatment Advocacy Center, called Mental Illness on Trial, explains how. In 1963, President Kennedy signed  The Community Mental … Continue reading

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Telepsychiatry: The New Wave for the Underserved

Two weeks ago PsychOdyssey attended a talk at NAMI New York Metro about telepsychiatry, a new and fast developing field in psychiatry. The presenter was Mr. Samir Malik, Co-Founder and CEO of 1DocWay, a fascinating start-up telepsychiatry technology company. Lack … Continue reading

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New York Times: New Study Stresses More Talk Therapy and Family Support For Schizophrenia Treatment

Today on Page One, The New York Times reported important findings of a major new study about the treatment of schizophrenia–news that all families in the maelstrom should hear and take to heart. The gist: less medications, more talk therapy … Continue reading

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New at Link… National Transitions of Care Coalition

As every family in crisis knows, a bane of navigating the maelstrom is the atrocious state of care transition. Parents frequently complain of the difficulties with connecting to the services to which their loved ones are referred. Doctors discharging from ERs … Continue reading

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Will Medicaid’s Changes in New Jersey Improve Outcomes? PsychOdyssey presents at PRA Recovery Workforce Summit

Implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is bringing big changes to the nation’s Medicaid system. In many states, the changes include a) moving Medicaid funded behavioral health to managed care, b) expanding Medicaid’s roles by 25%, … Continue reading

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New Video: Dr. Kellner of Mt. Sinai describes ECT as “much safer, more tolerable”

ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), formerly known as “shock treatment”, has a fearsome reputation. Many recall the dramatic scene from the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest where patient McMurphy winds up stupefied and dull after being forcibly administered ECT. While … Continue reading

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New Book Review: The Anatomy of Evil

Reading a book called The Anatomy of Evil would be a challenge in any normal time. It is especially trying just now in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre. But read it we should, so better to think … Continue reading

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New Editorial: The Sandy Hook Slaughter: What Needs Studying?

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the nation is frenzied about this heinous slaughter of innocents. Everyone is demanding answers. “More gun control!”  “More background checks!”  “More screening of the mentally ill!” If the media’s response is a … Continue reading

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New Link: Alliance for Health Reform

A bipartisan Washington healthcare think tank headed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the Alliance for Health Reform believes that our country is at the beginning of what promises to be a lengthy period of adjustment to the health reform law, especially since there will be … Continue reading

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MUST VIEW: Excellent KaiserEDU Tutorials Demystify Health Care

Families of loved ones with a psychiatric disability, and especially for ones with a co-occurring disability, must—repeat, must—know and understand the complex process of health care options and financing. This is because so many with psychiatric disabilities are among the … Continue reading

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