Before you run off to enjoy the last weekend of summer, take some time to enjoy the seriously random mix of mental health news and stories I’ve found for you this week!
Read on to take a look at data on how psychiatric drug advertising affects prescriptions, a study related to how writing down your dreams and goals increases your chances of achieving them, reviews on various self-help books for pet parents (you read that correctly!), and more.
Impact of Advertising Psychiatric Drugs: Unlike much of the world, the United States relaxed its guidelines regarding prescription drug advertising (i.e. direct-to-consumer advertising) in 1997; now, Brown University takes a look at what we’ve learned since then — specifically, data that suggests these advertisements succeed in increasing prescriptions and in having mixed effects on the quality of treatment.
Tricare Makes It Easier to Get Mental Health Services: Under Tricare, the Department of Defense is expanding its mental health coverage, “eliminating annual limits on inpatient mental health and residential treatment stays and increasing substance abuse services to include outpatient treatment for opioid addiction.” According to officials, “The Department of Defense remains intently focused on supporting the mental health of our service members and their families, as this continues to be a top priority.” The new policy is scheduled to go into effect October 3, 2016.
American Well Adds Psychiatry to the Nation’s #1 Telehealth App: The national telehealth technology and services company American Well announces its clinical partner Online Care Group has added psychiatry services to Amwell — the most downloaded app for video doctor visits — allowing patients to see U.S. board-certified psychiatrists. Currently, the program is available to patients 18 years old and older and available in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Carolina. Nationwide coverage is expected in 2017.
Psychologists Apologize to Indigenous Australians: The Australian Psychological Society (APS) issues a formal apology “for, among other things, using diagnostic systems that did not honour cultural belief systems, for conducting research that benefited the careers of researchers rather than improved the lives of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.” APS President Professor Michael Kyrios believes this is an important step in redressing past wrongs and helping the psychologists from all communities work together to serve the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Power of Writing Down Your Dreams and Goals: Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, has done a little research regarding the power of writing down our dreams and goals. After gathering together 267 men and women from all over the world and from “all walks of life,” Matthews divided them into two groups: one for those who don’t write down their dreams and goals, and one for those who do. She discovered that those who do write them down are significantly more likely to achieve their desires — specifically, 42% more likely — and it all boils down to the way our brains work.
New Self-Help Book for Pet Parents: Judith Newman, who is currently working on To Siri With Love, a book “about children, autism and the kindness of machines,” claims “people who love their pets too much sometimes encounter problems, and for that, several recent books come to the rescue.” Fortunately for us, Newman has listed and explained five such books to check out. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Psych Central is in no way affiliated with these books or their authors and doesn’t stand to make any financial gain if you buy them.)