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Volume 3, Issue 6                                                                                                                             October 13, 2014
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NIH News in Health: Drinking to Excess: Recognize and Treat Alcohol Problems
Most people drink alcohol moderately, but others find they can't control their drinking. This NIH News in Health article outlines signs that drinking is becoming a problem, and treatment options for alcohol use disorders. 


NIH Director's Blog: Team Approach Helps Teen Depression

As many as one in five U.S. teenagers experience an episode of major depression by the time they turn 18. Sadly, depression among teens often goes unrecognized, increasing the risk of suicide, substance abuse, and many other problems. Even among those who are diagnosed, few receive proper treatment. NIH Director Francis Collins describes a new NIH-funded study that's found success using a team approach that pairs depressed teens and their parents with a counselor.




Latest Issue of Inside NIMH

Inside NIMH is an e-mail newsletter alerting researchers to NIMH funding opportunities, trends, and plans. This issue includes an update on the NIMH Strategic Plan revision, efforts to promote data sharing through the development of new repositories, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, and other Institute activities. 

NIDA Director Nora Volkow discusses what is known about the role of opioids in the management of chronic pain. 
Adolescents Play a Key Role in Their Own ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment
This blog post describes best practices for evaluating and treating adolescents for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Once diagnosed mostly in elementary school-aged children, ADHD is now diagnosed more frequently among children of every age than it was 10 years ago, raising concern of over-diagnosis. In 2007-2008, adolescents aged 12-17, had the largest increase in the percentage of diagnosed ADHD compared to younger children. 




Administration for Community Living administration Kathy Greenlee and SAMHSA administrator Pamela S. Hyde reflect on Robin Williams' death and the need to raise awareness about depression.

Addressing Mental Health in African American Communities

The blog post addresses the issue of help-seeking, environmental factors, and other barriers African American and African Heritage communities face that have an impact on mental health.




FDA: Don't Leave Childhood Depression Untreated

This Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Consumer Update describes steps for diagnosing and evaluating depression in children, including FDA-approved medications to treat this population. 


Consumer Update






NIDA Science Spotlight: Short video increases HIV testing in emergency department patients who initially declined

A National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded study shows that one-third of emergency department patients who initially declined to be tested for HIV changed their minds after watching a 16-minute video. This video described the importance of testing as well as demonstrated how an HIV test can be conducted without drawing blood (i.e., orally) and provide results in approximately 20 minutes. 







Designing Care Management Entities for Youth with Complex Behavioral Health Needs: Implementation Guide

Care Management Entities (CMEs) are designed to coordinate services provided by the many state agencies that serve youth with complex behavioral health needs. This Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Implementation Guide provides information about the CME design process based on experiences of the three Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act quality demonstration states that are using funds to implement or expand CMEs.






Consumer Guide: Therapies for Children with ASD

This guide describes research about the possible benefits and negative side effects of therapies for children up to the age of 12 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It was created to help parents talk with their doctor, school administrator, social worker, or health insurance representative about programs and therapies.







Clinician Guide: Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Children with ASD

This guide for clinicians outlines the available evidence regarding the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of therapies used to address the core and associated symptoms seen among children up to age 12 with ASD.






Gambling Problems: An Introducation for Behavioral Health Sciences Providers

This resource provides an introduction to pathological gambling, gambling disorder, and problem gambling, and their link with substance use disorders. It describes tools available for screening and diagnosis, as well as strategies for treating people with gambling problems.




Online Trauma Resource: Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

The SAMHSA-Administration for Children and Families (ACF) National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare has added a new section to its website that focuses on trauma. This new section offers links to resources that focus on trauma within the substance abuse treatment, child welfare, and court systems, and its impact on the children and families who enter those systems. 




This guide assists professional care providers and administrators in understanding the role of culture in the delivery of substance abuse and mental health services. It discusses racial, ethnic, and cultural considerations and the core elements of cultural competence. 


New SAMHSA Resources for Disaster Response


Helping Staff Manage Stress When Returning to Work: Tips for Supervisors of Disaster Responders


Identifying Substance Misuse in the Responder Community: Tips for Disaster Responders


Adjusting to Life at Home: Tips for Families of Returning Disaster Responders


Preventing and Managing Stress: Tips for Disaster Responders


Returning to Work: Tips for Disaster Responders


Understanding Compassion Fatigue: Tips for Disaster Responders


Understanding Historical Trauma when Responding to an Event in Indian Country: Tips for Disaster Responders


Cultural Awareness when Working in Indian Country Post Disaster: Tips for Disaster Responders













See NIMH Updates for Much More Information on New Blogs, Videos and Other Resources.

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