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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Austin

August, 2011

Today's Clips - August 9, 2011


This summary of recent news and research articles on mental health topics was prepared as a public service by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Stories from other media sources do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of the foundation and its staff. Media sites may require a one-time free registration and academic and science journal sites may require a paid subscription to access articles.




Legislative Fallout: Some Texans will lose mental health funding

The Monitor - McAllen

August 8, 2011


AUSTIN - Following the special session, Bluebonnet Trails, a mental health services provider based in Williamson County, learned it would lose more than a quarter of its funding. ...Overall, legislators voted to maintain the current level of state and federal spending on community mental programs for adult, child, crisis and NorthStar programs (a publicly funded mental health and substance abuse treatment service serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area) at roughly $1 billion a year. About $750 million of that amount comes from state general fund revenues.



Legally Speaking: Sixteen, and Life to Go (Part 2)

Southeast Texas Record

August 8, 2011           


...A 2009 investigation by the Houston Press found that the certified juveniles aged 14 to 16 years in the Harris County jail spent 23 hours a day in lock-up for months on end, an isolated state that can result in rampant depression, anxiety and paranoia. According to one national study by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, youth confined in adult jails and prisons are 36 times more likely to commit suicide then their peers held in juvenile facilities.



Mental Health Center offers ways to overcome test anxiety

The Daily Texan

August 8, 2011


...Jane Bost, associate director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center, said the center tends to see an increase in students seeking help with stress and test anxiety as the semester progresses and finals approach. ...Bost said the center tries to make help accessible by offering interactive videos, animations and quizzes on their website for students to learn to better handle the demands of their academic and professional careers.



Demographic revolution plays out at nursing home; Census estimates indicate almost 70 percent of Houston residents 65 and older are Anglo, and 77 percent of those younger than 30 are not

Houston Chronicle

August 8, 2011


... The shift has implications for the economy, education, health care, even for the city's cultural life. And the answers to those questions - whether the health care system will be able to afford care for the coming flood of retirees, and whether the growing number of mostly poor, mostly minority workers will be qualified for the jobs that need to be filled - will set the stage for generations to come.



Parkland chief operating officer takes Atlanta hospital's top job

Dallas Morning News

August 9, 2011


Last month, John Haupert, chief operating officer of Parkland Memorial Hospital, was named the "single best candidate" for the job of president and CEO of Grady Health System in Atlanta. On Monday, the Grady Memorial Hospital board of directors, after a unanimous vote, named Haupert to the job.



Capitol gunman gets 180 days in jail, probation; Prosecutor wanted mental assessment for Fausto Cardenas

Austin American-Statesman

August 9, 2011


... Prosecutor Bill Bishop said the Travis county attorney's office was concerned that Cardenas receive a mental health assessment and treatment. Orr said that Cardenas had been evaluated and that no significant issues were found. He said the incident was an aberration, "a strange episode in his life."





Female Veterans Breaking Silence, Beating Trauma

National Public Radio

August 8, 2011


...Families are still trying to process the weekend's loss and deal with mental and emotional fallout from the nation's wars. And women have it particularly tough. Significantly more women have served in the U.S. military in recent years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Many of these women suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and other issues after their service ends.



California's hidden mental health crisis

The Guardian

August 9, 2011


... Cases like this are common across the US and they rarely make the news, outside a small headline in a regional paper. Approximately one third of the homeless population in the US experiences severe mental illness and many homeless people lack access to mental health services, particularly in California, where a series of brutal cuts to mental health programmes have gutted county and regional agencies.



Confusing Medical Ailments With Mental Illness

The Wall Street Journal

August 9, 2011


...More than 100 medical disorders can masquerade as psychological conditions, according to Harvard psychiatrist Barbara Schildkrout, who cited these examples among others in "Unmasking Psychological Symptoms," a book aimed at helping therapists broaden their diagnostic skills. Studies have suggested that medical conditions may cause mental-health issues in as many as 25% of psychiatric patients and contribute to them in more than 75%.



Fullerton seeks outside expert to probe PD

San Antonio Express-News

August 9, 2011


SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The Fullerton city manager says he wants an independent consultant to conduct an internal investigation into police department procedures following the death of a homeless man who died after a confrontation with police.



Hearing paints image of troubled soldier

Houston Chronicle

August 8, 2011


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Witnesses at a military hearing for a U.S. soldier accused of shooting and killing five fellow service members in 2009 at a mental health clinic in Iraq testified Monday that Army Sgt. John Russell was frustrated at the psychiatric care he was receiving. ...A former Army Reserve psychiatrist testified Russell was clearly angry and irritated during a brief encounter they had on May 11, 2009, the day of the shootings. Russell had been ordered to seek counseling after reporting to his commander earlier in the day that he was suicidal.





Juárez: Mexican President Felipe Calderón's visit today to focus on health care

El Paso Times

August 9, 2011


JUAREZ -- Mexican President Felipe Calderón is scheduled to visit Juárez today, arriving amid growing tensions between municipal and federal police forces in the wake of the Cereso prison massacre. ... One of the president's goals today will be to launch a new social security program geared toward expanding health care throughout Chihuahua.





From naked on highway to thankful postpartum survivor

The Washington Post

August 9, 2011


Heather Coleman only remembers bits and pieces of what happened after she climbed out of her car one rush hour afternoon, tore off all her clothes and tried to run down from Interstate 295 to the Potomac River. But she does know it was caused by postpartum psychosis after the birth of her second child, so she wants to find and thank the people who helped save her life by stopping her from jumping into the river. And she needs your help.



Tarrant hospital system tax rate will hold steady

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 9, 2011


The JPS Health Network board approved a $680 million budget for next year holding a steady tax rate to provide healthcare for low-income and indigent Tarrant County residents. That's welcome news for taxpayers, who are keenly watching where every dollar goes these days. But it won't come without cost-cutting that includes closing four outpatient clinics, a difficult balancing act in tough times.





A Change In Perspective Could Be All It Takes To Succeed In School

Medical News Today

August 9, 2011


Knowing the right way to handle stress in the classroom and on the sports field can make the difference between success and failure for the millions of students going back to school this fall, new University of Chicago research shows.



Personality profile may distinguish unipolar from bipolar depression in women

Med Wire News

August 9, 2011


Novelty seeking and self-transcendence subscores on the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) may help distinguish depressed women with bipolar disorder type II (BD II) from those with unipolar depression (UD), suggest Japanese study results.



DLEs linked to suicidal thoughts and behaviour

Med Wire News

August 9, 2011


Delusional-like experiences (DLEs) are associated with an increased risk for suicidal ideation, planning, and attempts in the general population, Australian research shows.





Back To School, Student Tips For Anxiety, Perfectionism And Worry

Medical News Today

August 9, 2011


Before you can take steps to reduce your anxiety, it is important to understand the nature of your discomfort. Here are examples of some questions to ask yourself: What triggers my anxiety? Are there particular situations that make me uncomfortable? Making friends at school? First day of classes? Giving presentations? Being stared at by others? Speaking with my professors?



Do You Know Nutrition: Don't panic, avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol

Victoria Advocate

August 8, 2011


...The National Institute of Mental Health categorizes anxiety attacks under the classification of panic disorder. More than 4 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 54 suffer from anxiety disorders, and this is only an estimate, since many cases go undiagnosed. And, an anxiety attack is more likely to occur in women than in men.





Mission Arlington marks 25 years of helping people and changing lives

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 8, 2011


... It has grown into a powerhouse with 2,000 volunteers who help serve up to 800 people a day at its bustling downtown complex. In 2010, more than 52,000 families received emergency assistance. Overall, 386,627 people were served. Besides food, clothing and emergency financial aid, Mission Arlington offers medical and dental clinics, after-school programs, school supply distribution and even college scholarships. A day shelter is available to residents of the Arlington Life Shelter.



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