mental health http://kuow.org en Nearly 87 Percent Of Mentally Ill Washingtonians Are Unemployed http://kuow.org/post/nearly-87-percent-mentally-ill-washingtonians-are-unemployed <p>Ross Reynolds talks with David Johnson, CEO of Navos Mental Health Solutions, about&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the connections between <a href="http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Policy_Reports&amp;Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&amp;ContentID=169263">mental illness and unemployment</a>. A recent report found that in Washington state, 86.9 percent of people who make contact with the public health system are unemployed. That's higher than the national average of 80 percent. </span> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:29:50 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 38279 at http://kuow.org Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk http://kuow.org/post/suicide-attempt-survivors-seek-voice-helping-others-risk In 2008, Cara Anna was working as a foreign correspondent in China and feeling overwhelmed by isolation, hostility from local authorities and a gnawing feeling that she was a failure. Her anguish led her to try suicide.<p>After waking up alive, she kept her attempt a secret. Asking for help seemed shameful, and she feared for her job if her employer found out. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:55:00 +0000 editor 38065 at http://kuow.org Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns http://kuow.org/post/online-psychotherapy-gains-fans-and-raises-privacy-concerns Lauren Kay has never met her therapist in person. The 24-year-old entrepreneur found it difficult to take time off work for appointments.<p>So she started seeing a psychotherapist online.<p>"It's definitely been different," she says. Kay, who lives in New York, found her counselor through an online therapy service called <a href="https://prettypaddedroom.com/">Pretty Padded Room</a>. When it's time for an appointment, all she has to do is log in to the website, click a link and start video chatting.<p>The format works well for her. "It felt like Skyping with a friend," she says. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:25:00 +0000 editor 37310 at http://kuow.org Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns State Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality Of Psychiatric Boarding http://kuow.org/post/state-supreme-court-considers-constitutionality-psychiatric-boarding <p>Parking mentally ill patients in the emergency room while waiting for treatment is a common practice, but&nbsp; also controversial. Psychiatric boarding, as it's known, used to be the exception. But in the last six years, the number of patients who've experienced it has nearly tripled.&nbsp; Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether boarding is constitutional. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:17:28 +0000 Ruby de Luna 37180 at http://kuow.org State Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality Of Psychiatric Boarding More Young Adults Get Inpatient Psychiatric Care After Health Law http://kuow.org/post/more-young-adults-get-inpatient-psychiatric-care-after-health-law Expanded coverage for young adults under the Affordable Care Act substantially raised inpatient hospital visits related to mental health, finds <a href="http://www.nber.org/papers/w20202?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw">a study</a> conducted by researchers at Indiana and Purdue universities.<p>That looks like good news: Better access to care for a population with <a href="http://www.samhsa.gov/samhsanewsletter/Volume_18_Number_6/MentalHealthReport.aspx">higher-than-average levels of mental illness</a> that too often endangers them and people nearby.<p>But it might not be the b Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:52:27 +0000 editor 36192 at http://kuow.org More Young Adults Get Inpatient Psychiatric Care After Health Law Following SPU Shooting, Mental Health Advocates Push For Early Intervention http://kuow.org/post/following-spu-shooting-mental-health-advocates-push-early-intervention <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Sandi Ando about reforming Washington state's mental health system. Ando is public policy chair for Washington's chapter of the <a href="http://www.namiwa.org/">National Alliance On Mental Illness</a>. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:15:33 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 36126 at http://kuow.org More And More, Young Women Are Being Diagnosed With ADHD http://kuow.org/post/more-and-more-young-women-are-being-diagnosed-adhd As a child, Diany Levy was called lazy and unfocused. She remembers that teachers called home on a daily basis to tell her parents she was not paying attention in class. Now, at the age of 23, Diany has finally been diagnosed with the cause of her problems – ADHD.<p>Levy is not alone. The number of Americans taking medication to treat <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002518/">attention deficit hyperactivity disorder</a> is steadily rising. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 36019 at http://kuow.org More And More, Young Women Are Being Diagnosed With ADHD Patient Preference In PTSD Treatment Improves Quality Of Life, Cost Effectiveness http://kuow.org/post/patient-preference-ptsd-treatment-improves-quality-life-cost-effectiveness <p>When patients receive treatment for PTSD they normally don’t get asked what kind of therapy they’d like to receive. Often the provider will use the therapy that is most familiar to them.</p><p>That can include antidepressants or psychotherapy, maybe both. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:42:27 +0000 Patricia Murphy 35617 at http://kuow.org Washington ACLU Urges High Court To End Psychiatric Boarding http://kuow.org/post/washington-aclu-urges-high-court-end-psychiatric-boarding <p></p><p>Advocates for the mentally ill filed a friend of the court brief with the Washington State Supreme Court urging the justices to uphold a Pierce County judge's ruling. The state's high court will hear arguments in the case next month. Last year, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelsons ruled that boarding the mentally ill was illegal.&nbsp; </span> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:10:28 +0000 Patricia Murphy 35437 at http://kuow.org Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders http://kuow.org/post/military-plans-test-brain-implants-fight-mental-disorders The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.<p>The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.<p>"We've seen far too many times where military personnel have neuropsychiatric disorders and there's very few options," says <a href="http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/BTO/Personnel Tue, 27 May 2014 06:08:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 35235 at http://kuow.org Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders How Missed Deadlines Are Preventing Mentally Ill People From Getting Treatment In King County http://kuow.org/post/how-missed-deadlines-are-preventing-mentally-ill-people-getting-treatment-king-county <p></p><p></p><p>Steve Scher talks with journalist Brian Rosenthal about why King County mental health professionals are routinely <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023580326_mentalhealthtechnicalityxml.html">missing deadlines</a> to provide psychiatric evaluations — causing potentially dangerous patients to be released. Rosenthal reported the story for the Seattle Times. He now reports for The Houston Chronicle. Tue, 13 May 2014 21:45:20 +0000 Steve Scher & Andy Hurst 34387 at http://kuow.org How Missed Deadlines Are Preventing Mentally Ill People From Getting Treatment In King County Audit Dings Hospital's 50-Year Practice Of Paid 'Transition Time' http://kuow.org/post/audit-dings-hospitals-50-year-practice-paid-transition-time <p>State auditors say Western State Hospital has been losing about <a href="http://portal.sao.wa.gov/ReportSearch/Home/ViewReportFile?arn=1011811&amp;isFinding=false&amp;sp=false">$800,000 a year paying for work that's not being done</a>. For decades, the hospital has been letting hundreds of employees start late and leave early -- and still paying for their time. Fri, 09 May 2014 01:04:14 +0000 John Ryan 34126 at http://kuow.org Audit Dings Hospital's 50-Year Practice Of Paid 'Transition Time' New Program At Harborview Works Toward Universal PTSD Screening http://kuow.org/post/new-program-harborview-works-toward-universal-ptsd-screening <p>Re-experiencing, avoidance, hyperarousal: these are the three categories of post-traumatic stress disorder as laid out by the <a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml">National Institute of Mental Health.</a> They commonly go by more common names: nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, social isolation, poor concentration, insomnia and startling. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:58:19 +0000 Andy Hurst & Marcie Sillman 30410 at http://kuow.org New Program At Harborview Works Toward Universal PTSD Screening Seattle Police Adopt New Crisis Intervention Policy http://kuow.org/post/seattle-police-adopt-new-crisis-intervention-policy <p>A new policy for the Seattle Police Department aims to change how officers handle crisis situations with people who are mentally ill or under the influence. The crisis intervention policy, which takes effect Monday, is part of the city’s federally-mandated police reforms. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:25:04 +0000 Liz Jones 29786 at http://kuow.org Seattle Police Adopt New Crisis Intervention Policy King County Pioneers New Practice For Refugee Mental Health http://kuow.org/post/king-county-pioneers-new-practice-refugee-mental-health <p></p><p>On a recent afternoon, about a dozen Somali women talk in spurts as they weave 4-inch metal needles through a basket.</p><p>It doesn't look like therapy, but in a way, it is. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:21:09 +0000 Liz Jones 29407 at http://kuow.org King County Pioneers New Practice For Refugee Mental Health