World of Psychology

Schools Shouldn’t Play Doctor

The Department of Health and Human Services will announce this fall a plan to improve access to mental health services. The initiative follows the release last year of a report commissioned by President George W. Bush recommending that "schools should . . . play...

Older Women, Too, Struggle With a Dangerous Secret

Mention anorexia or bulimia, and what comes to mind is a skin-and-bones teenager caught in a ferocious struggle to be thin.

But doctors say they are seeing a disturbing trend: a growing group of women in their 30's, 40's and 50's who have eating disorders. Most have husbands, children, jobs and aging parents. They live with their secret while trying to manage the other aspects of their...

PTSD May Raise Physical Woes in Women

For many women with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), declines in mental and physical health too often go hand-in-hand, researchers report.

"Posttraumatic stress disorder is associated with a greater burden of medical illness than is seen in depression alone," write the authors of a study in...

In young women, depression can mean literal heartbreak

Young women with a history of depression are twice as likely to have the metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that raise the risk of heart disease, according to a new study.

Men with a similar history do not suffer as frequently from the same symptoms, writes Leslie S. Kinder, , of the Veterans' Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

"Perhaps the health risks linked to depression are more critical to women," Kinder...

Most Americans List Lack of Insurance Coverage & Cost as Top Reasons For Not Seeking Mental Health Services

Most Americans List Lack of Insurance Coverage & Cost as Top Reasons For Not Seeking Mental Health Services
Insurance coverage problems and costs supplant stigma as the number one obstacle to accessing mental health services according to a survey commissioned by the American Psychological Association.

Americans say it’s lack of insurance coverage (87%) or cost (81%) that most keeps them from seeing a mental health professional with 65% citing lack of insurance coverage as a very important reason for not seeking treatment.

Survey results...