Mental Health

Harvard Study Finds Psychiatrists Tough To Access

Making an appointment with a psychiatrist is often an uphill battle no matter if you’re insured or if you intend to pay out of pocket, a new study suggests.

Kids’ Use Of Behavioral Meds On The Rise

A new survey finds 7.5 percent of children are taking medication to address behavioral or emotional difficulties and in most cases parents say the drugs are making a big difference.

Debate Surrounds Condition That Mimics Psychiatric Disorders

Experts say that treatable infections may be behind a growing number of children developing symptoms of psychological disorders seemingly overnight, but the idea remains controversial.

Report Finds Access To Mental Health Care Uneven

The ability to access a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider can vary dramatically depending on where you live.

Medicaid Expansion Expected To Strain Mental Health Services

As more people become eligible for Medicaid, experts say accessing psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals often relied on by those with disabilities may be difficult.

Raising Access Questions, Many Psychiatrists Demand Cash

Psychiatrists, who are often relied on by individuals with developmental disabilities, are less likely than other doctors to accept insurance, a new study finds.

White House Pledges Millions For Mental Health

The Obama administration is committing $100 million to boost access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities.

In Shift, Most States Increase Mental Health Spending

After years of spending cuts, a new report finds that mental health budgets increased in 37 states this year.

Feds Expand Mental Health Coverage

Health insurers must cover mental health services at the same level as physical ailments under new federal rules.

Children Quick To Judge Peers With Autism, Study Finds

Kids often see their peers with autism as less friendly and less trustworthy, new research suggests, and they’re making these assessments quickly based on appearance alone.

CDC: Millions Of American Kids Have Mental Disorders

In a first-of-its-kind report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that as many as 1 in 5 American children has a mental disorder including autism.

Feds To Move Away From DSM

Just weeks before a new version of the DSM is scheduled for release, the head of the National Institute of Mental Health says “patients with mental disorders deserve better.”

Autism, Psychiatric Disorders Close Genetic Cousins

In the largest study of its kind, researchers are reporting that autism may be more closely tied to a handful of other psychiatric disorders than previously thought.

Psychiatrists Approve New DSM, Asperger’s Dropped

Major changes to the diagnostic criteria for autism and other conditions are on track to take effect after the nation’s psychiatrists gave final approval to a new version of the DSM.

States Crack Down On Mental Health Prescriptions

Medicaid is saving substantial amounts of money by limiting access to behavioral medications. But is it fair to the patients?

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