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Poll shows unmet public needs in combating U.S. opioid epidemic

Substance abuse is a major public health problem that affects millions of people in the United States. Nearly half of all Americans reported that they were impacted by opioid drug abuse and dependence, according to the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. In addition, an average of 78 Americans die from an overdose every day. Because […]


New Mexico fraud case is a blow against mental health

In April, a long investigation by the New Mexico government into Medicaid fraud resulted in the exoneration of 15 nonprofit behavioral health providers in that state. Citing “credible allegations of fraud,” the state’s Human Services Department (HSD) cut off Medicaid funding to the behavioral health providers in 2013, an action that has caused continuing disruption […]


5 of the world’s most depressed countries

In 2014, the journal Nature published data based on a 2013 study from University of Queensland researchers published in PLOS Medicine, which, among other things, listed the prevalence of depression for every country. Most of the countries with the highest rates of depression are located in the Middle East and North Africa. Here are the […]


The surprising challenges of reintegration after trauma

The premise is disturbing. After surviving what most people have not or cannot, you came out alive. Your life was at stake every minute of every hour, death in your peripheral and insanity at your heels. But as abruptly as the trauma began, you are brought out. Suddenly your long-lost loved ones are staring you […]


Forgetting and the ‘seven sins of memory’
Posted in Cognition, Memory, PTSD

Forgetting occurs when people are unable to recall or access information that is stored in their long-term memories. Several different types of memory problems or lapses can happen to everyone, regardless of age, and can impact the way memories are retrieved, said Daniel L. Schacter, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Harvard University. The “seven […]


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