Mental Health

I’m a Kennedy who was addicted to painkillers. Obama’s drug proposals worry me.

Last week, President Obama announced a multipronged effort to address the epidemic of addiction to prescription opiate painkillers in this country. This is long overdue and, unfortunately, like most action on addiction and mental illness, comes after the problem has reached Stage 4 — and is that much harder to treat — when it could […]

Americans are waiting for mental health parity

Every day across the United States, families struggle with the challenges of mental illness or substance abuse. The 68 million Americans with these issues include people of all income levels, all races and all political affiliations. Mental illness does not discriminate. Often, the difference between being overwhelmed as a family or meeting the challenges head-on […]

New Approach Advised to Treat Schizophrenia

More than two million people in the United States have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and the treatment for most of them mainly involves strong doses of antipsychotic drugs that blunt hallucinations and delusions but can come with unbearable side effects, like severe weight gain or debilitating tremors. Now, results of a landmark government-funded study call […]

Florida in desperate need of effective mental health services

It is no secret that Florida’s mental health system is chronically and significantly underfunded. According to the most recent available data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, Florida has a state mental health agency per-capita expenditure of $37.28, giving it a rank of 49th for mental health funding in the United States. Additionally, there are numerous […]

Among The Elderly, Many Mental Illnesses Go Undiagnosed

Few health care providers have the training to address depression, anxiety, and other conditions in their older patients. By now, warnings about the impact of an aging population on the nation’s health care system have become familiar: rising numbers of seniors with diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses; increased costs; and a strained geriatric […]