Director’s Blog *Dr. Insel was one of several innovative leaders invited to present at the 2014 National Council for Behavioral Health Conference. Download his presentation: Quest for the Cure: Scientific Breakthroughs in Treating Mental Illness

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Abstract: Objective: The number of psychiatric hospital beds in England has declined since the 1950s. Since the early 2000s mental health staff increasingly work in community treatment teams.We analysed recent trends in hospital and community treatment in England for eight mental health diagnoses.Method: We obtained data from the UK Government Health and Social Care Information Centre covering the period 1998 to 2012.

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The number of older patients with psychiatric disorders is rapidly increasing nationwide, yet little is known about the outcomes of care for geriatric patients with psychiatric emergencies . This population is also increasing in diversity, and as a result, emergency room clinicians must expand their awareness of ethnicity and its effect on psychiatric emergencies among older patients. Few studies have examined the utilization patterns of psychiatric emergency service (PES) by older patients, but little is known about the impact of race and ethnicity on PES clinical outcomes.

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The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is now on shelves. What are the major changes, and how will they affect care? Medscape Psychiatry

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Abstract: Background: The nine-item depression module from the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) is widely used as an open access screening instrument for depression in different health care and community settings; thus far, normative data from the general population are still scarce. The objectives of the study were to generate normative data and to further investigate the construct validity and factor structure of the PHQ-9 in the general population.Methods: Nationally representative face-to face household surveys were conducted in Germany between 2003 and 2008 (n=5018). The survey questionnaires included the PHQ-9, the Satisfaction with Life Scale, the 12-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-12) for the measurement of health-related quality of life and demographic characteristics.Results: Normative data for the PHQ-9 were generated for both genders (53.6% female) and different age levels [mean age (S.D.) of 48.9 (18.1) years].

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Director’s Blog In a wonderful new paper in Science , Jordi Quoidbach, Dan Gilbert, and Tim Wilson describe the “end of history illusion.” 1 This is not about the Mayan calendar or a Y2K syndrome. These scientists studied 19,000 people across six studies to answer a simple question: why do people so often make decisions that their future selves regret? Their results show that people consistently report that they have changed substantially in the past decade and just as consistently predict that they will not change nearly as much in the next decade

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