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Enabling Discovery, Development, and Translation of Treatments for Cognitive Dysfunction in Depression: Workshop Summary

Enabling Discovery, Development, and Translation of Treatments for Cognitive Dysfunction in Depression: Workshop Summary By Lisa Bain and Clare Stroud, (Rapporteurs); Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders; Board on Health Sciences Policy; Institute of Medicine   Major depressive disorder (MDD) is recognized worldwide as a major cause of disability, morbidity, and mortality. According to the World Health more »

If Depression Were Cancer

NATURE: Vol. 515 IF DEPRESSION WERE CANCER Research Into Depression Has Struggled, While Studies of Cancer Have Thrived – But the Balance Could Be Shifting.  By HEIDI LEDFORD November 13, 2014 If the extent of human suffering were used to decide which diseases deserve the most medical attention, then depression would be near the top of the list. More more »

A Debate on Treating Mental Illness: Should We Bring Back Asylums?

Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from serious mental illness. Over the past 60 years, various social, political and economic forces have resulted in the closing of publicly funded psychiatric institutions in favor of community treatment, in which outpatient options and the ability to live independently seemed promising and in many cases less expensive than inpatient more »

At 50, Medicaid Still Gaining Momentum

Medicaid is turning 50 this month, and the program’s influence hasn’t slowed. In fact, experts say its role in behavioral healthcare is only expected to grow in the next 50 years. Currently the largest payer for mental health services in the country, Medicaid is expanding in 30 states including Washington, D.C., under the Affordable Care more »