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PsychU 
EachMindMatters – California’s Each Mind Matters 

SteppingUp Initiative: Jail Reform using “big data” – 6 key questions.  National Association of Counties: Stepping Up Network best practice free webinars (live and replay) such as:

  • Prioritizing Policy, Practice and Funding Improvements for People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
  • Conducting a Comprehensive Process Analysis and Inventory of Services for People with Mental Illnesses in Jails.
  • 10 Ways to Engage People affected by Mental Illness in our Community.

NIMH.nih.gov <- National Institute of Mental Health


Do you REALLY know your genetic predisposition?

January 15, 2018 1:57 pm : Best Practice, Brain Science
Do you really know your full multi-generational family history for addiction and/or mental health issues? Genetics plays a key role: upwards of 80% (for bi-polar and schizophrenia) and upwards of 60% for addictions. So, understanding our relative’s mental health and history of addictive behaviors can help us take steps to avoid triggers and build resilience.     When more »

December 18, 2017 5:14 pm : Best Practice
Latino Community Members “Stop Stigma with Science” Detener el estigma con la ciencia 20% – de los latinos nacidos en Estados Unidos han sufrido de un reto de salud mental durante el último año. Check out these Spanish resources:            La salud mental en la comunidad latina   See more at https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Diverse-Communities/Latino-Mental-Health/La-salud-mental-en-la-comunidad-latina more »

Ask your doctor about Long-lasting Injectables

December 17, 2017 6:17 pm : Best Practice
Ask your doctor about Long-lasting Injectables “Multiple families across our county have shared the very positive changes in their loved one since switching to a long-lasting injectable form of medication.  NAMI families reporting favorably about the positive change in their loved one since transitioning to long-lasting injectables such as most commonly reported Abilify Maintena (aripripazol) and Invega more »

Language Matters: Tips on What to Say

December 17, 2017 12:49 pm : Best Practice
Language Matters: Tips from Dr. Amador Do NOT Say:  My loved one refuses to acknowledge he’s mentally ill Denies he’s mentally ill Won’t admit Doesn’t admit…. Refuses to admit…(this is the worst offender)  This all reflects our loved ones have a choice that they are ill.   We would never say “our loved ones won’t admit more »

Protecting our children’s future: smartcolorado.org advocating to protect brain health in Colorado

August 15, 2017 9:30 pm : Best Practice, Breaking News
Smartcolorado.org is an excellent resource to learn more about the impact of cannabis in Colorado.  Hospitalizations for psychosis continue to trend up.  Notice the level of education/awareness that they are doing trying to educate youth and young adults about the risks.  Here is a comprehensive presentation SmartColorado.org has on their site:  Report  

TREAT PSYCHOSIS LIKE A STROKE

July 7, 2017 5:58 pm : Best Practice
Get treatment promptly…certainly within days (not weeks or months.) Anti-psychotic medication acts like a wrapper around the brain to preserve lifelong cognition. Early intervention; low-dose anti-psychotic, RA1SE program (first or early episode psychosis program.) Personal therapist to help preserve self-esteem, psychiatrist, participation in FEP (first/early episode psychosis program.) Family members – attend NAMI Family-to-Family and more »

Schizophrenia.com

June 24, 2017 10:00 am : Best Practice
http://schizophrenia.com: In-depth topics, vitamins to augment medication to address negative symptoms, and more…    

New Schizophrenia Treatments Address Unmet Clinical Needs

June 24, 2017 9:55 am : Best Practice
https://www.ptcommunity.com/journal/article/full/2017/2/130/new-schizophrenia-treatments-address-unmet-clinical-needs: Pharmacy and therapeutics committee members: Long-acting injectable antipsychotics are commonly used to prevent relapse.14 In addition, adjunctive psychosocial interventions—including family psycho social education, social skills training, and cognitive behavioral therapy—have been shown to prevent relapse and to improve medication adherence.7,15 Approximately 10% to 30% of schizophrenic patients are treatment resistant.7The optimal management of these more »

Evidence-based guidelines for treating bipolar disorder: Revised third edition recommendations from the British Journal of Psychopharmacology Association for Psychopharmacology

June 24, 2017 9:46 am : Best Practice
https://www.bap.org.uk/pdfs/BAP_Guidelines-Bipolar.pdf    The British Association for Psychopharmacology guidelines specify the scope and targets of treatment for bipolar disorder.

Treatment resistant depression

June 21, 2017 1:53 pm : Best Practice
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is proving effective for many individuals.  This is especially true for those with treatment resistant forms of depression and anxiety. http://tmshealthsolutions.com  

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