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Bring Back the Asylum?

mental illness

By Paul Gionfriddo

The JAMA headline is pretty sensational: Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum.  And the article itself is generating a lot of discussion and debate.

But headlines can be misleading.  As the authors write:

“A return to asylum-based long-term psychiatric care will not…

Precision Medicine, Mental Disorders and Toxic Stress

New Public Health:Upstream

By Andrea Blanch, Ph.D. and David Shern, Ph.D.

As Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health wrote in a recent blog, precision medicine is a hot new topic in the research world. The basic idea is simple: Get the “right treatment at the right time to the right person” by addressing the underlying cause of the…

In Response to the WSJ Op-Ed: Mentally Ill, Drink a Smoothie

SAMHSA:social work

By Debbie Plotnick, MSS MLSP

Dear E. Fuller Torrey and Doris Fuller:

Early Saturday morning, I saw the op-ed that you both authored which ran in the Wall Street Journal. 

It pretty much was all I could think of over the weekend. At first I was very, very angry. This was because it hurt me personally, as a…

Measles, Vaccinations and Prevention in Behavioral Health: Do We have “Behavioral Health Vaccines”?

New Public Health:Upstream

By David Shern, Ph.D. and Andrea Blanch, Ph.D.

The outbreak of measles in Disneyland highlighted the…