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A Look at the New DSM-5

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013.  Like the DSM-IV-TR, which it replaced, the DSM-5 provides diagnostic criteria – descriptions and symptoms – for every known mental disorder. It is considered the leading resource for making psychiatric diagnoses and is used […]


A Psychiatrist’s Opinion about ADHD and Substance Use in Teenagers: First, Do No Harm

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and substance use problems have been gaining more attention in the news and in research over the last 7 months.  At times this attention has to led to controversy instead of clarity. First, here is a summary of the most recent news about ADHD, which has implications for people we […]

DC Department of Health to Launch First City-Wide Youth Synthetic Marijuana Awareness Campaign

The DC Department Health is launching the first large-scale education campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of synthetic marijuana among District youth. Fake weed is an herbal mixture that contains dried, shredded plant material and harmful chemical additives. It is sometimes labeled as “herbal incense” and sold in three-ounce plastic pouches decorated with colorful designs including cartoon characters […]

Trends in Behavioral Healthcare: Join the Conversation – Welcome to Planet Teen

2012 Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health Conference Highlight:   Dr. Marc Fishman presents Welcome to Planet Teen, (or, This is Your Brain on Adolescence)  The Danya Institute is pleased to present this regular series of original articles on trends in the field of behavioral healthcare.  Our latest article is by special guest author Stephanie Sisneros.   Dr. Marc Fishman, MD, an expert […]

Danya Institute’s Video Library on Youtube

From the Danya Institute YouTube Channel Clinical Trials Network – Brave New World Symposium 2013 What’s New Update 2013: STD, HIV, TB, Hepatitis, Family Planning and Addiction HIV PREP What’s New Update 2012: STD, HIV, TB, Hepatitis, Family Planning and Addiction Using the ATTC/NIDA Blending Products to Affect Change Case to Care Management in Health Care […]