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Mental health disorders common following mild head injury

From NIH. NIH-funded study identifies risk factors for neuropsychiatric conditions after a concussion. A new study reveals that approximately 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms up to six months after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), suggesting the importance of follow-up care for these patients. Scientists also identified factors that may increase the […]


Learning Collaborative on Workforce Recruitment & Retention in Behavioral Health

Request for Applications (RFA) Overview Recruiting and retaining a workforce is a major challenge for many organizations that provide mental health and addiction services. To assist behavioral health organizations in addressing their recruitment and retention challenges, technical assistance is being offered through a Learning Collaborative. This is available to organizations providing behavioral health services in […]


Health Advocates Say Schizophrenia Should Be Reclassified as a Brain Disease

From Politico. by Brianna Ehley Changing the definition could unlock more money for cures. Mental health advocates are lobbying Congress to help them get schizophrenia classified as a brain disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, instead of as a mental illness, a move that could reduce stigma and lead to more dollars for a cure. Federal […]


Researchers identify key brain circuits for reward-seeking and avoidance behavior

From NIH. Previously unrecognized pathways in mice have relevance for mental health and addiction research. Researchers have identified connections between neurons in brain systems associated with reward, stress, and emotion. Conducted in mice, the new study may help untangle multiple psychiatric conditions, including alcohol use disorder, anxiety disorders, insomnia, and depression in humans. “Understanding these […]


Gaming Disorder Classified as Mental Health Condition

From CNN. WHO Classifies ‘Gaming Disorder’ as Mental Health Condition by Susan Scutti, CNN Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about “digital heroin,” likening the flashing images to one of the world’s most addictive substances. Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced “gaming disorder” as […]


NREPP Suspended

From the Washington Post. Trump administration freezes database of addiction and mental health treatments Federal health officials have suspended a program that helps thousands of professionals and community groups across the country find effective interventions for preventing and treating mental illness and substance-use disorders. The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is housed within the […]


NCADD and Facing Addiction Have Merged

From NCADD. Facing Addiction and The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) are proud to announce the merger of our organizations – creating a national leader in turning the tide on the addiction epidemic. The merged organization will be called: See the full announcement.


WHO to recognise video game addiction as real disorder

From Newshub. View the original article. by Dan Satherley Most parents already know it’s real, but now health officials agree: video game addiction is real. New Scientist reports the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases was last updated in 1992, and the next version – due 2018 – will recognise gaming addiction as a genuine mental […]