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​2019 News 

If sobriety isn’t an option, ‘harm reduction’ can work for homeless people with alcoholism, study finds
The Seattle Times | March 13, 2019
Sobriety-based treatment programs have been an ineffective approach for the vast majority of people struggling with alcoholism. Susan Collins, PhD, and colleagues conducted the first randomized controlled trial of alcohol treatment for alcohol use disorder that does not ask people to get sober, with positive results.

Car crashes, psychosis, suicide: Is the drive to legalize marijuana Ignoring Major Risks?
USA Today | March 6, 2019
In less than 25 years, marijuana has gone from illegal everywhere in the United States to legal for at least some uses in all but four states. Andrew Saxon, MD, comments on legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use.

UW fraternities ban hard alcohol ahead of nationwide ban
KIRO 7 | March 5, 2019
A new policy from the North American Interfraternity Conference bans alcohol above 15 percent at chapter events and on chapter property. Jason Kilmer, PhD, says the impact of this new ban needs to be evaluated to see if it actually acheives the intended results.

It's Not Elementary: Examining the Ethics of IBM's Watson
Endocrinology Advisor | March 4, 2019
David Luxton, PhD, MS, cautions clinicians about the legality around using Watson, IBM’s computer system that has the ability to see patterns and data that can help diagnose and treat a patient.

Benzo Crisis
KUOW | February 25, 2019
The opioid epidemic has been in the news for years as a crisis. But right next to it is one you might not know about: benzos. Benzo-involved overdose deaths have increased eightfold between 1999 and 2016. KUOW host Bill Radke talks with Rick Ries, M.D., to find out why. Scroll down to fourth story.

Yes, Your Heart Can Really Break
Right as Rain | February 14, 2019
Once in a while, a perfectly healthy heart can stop functioning properly due to a stressful event. Mark Sullivan, M.D., PhD, talks about the psychological recovery from a traumatic event.

It Doesn’t Take Much For Soldiers To Feel Cared For
UW Medicine Newsroom | February 14, 2019
In 2018, the U.S. military experienced the highest number of suici​des among active duty personnel in six years. A study led by UW Psychiatry researchers Kate Comtois, PhD, Amanda Kerbrat, MSW, Christopher DeCou, PhD, David Atkins, PhD, and Rick Ries, MD, found that caring texts to at-risk active duty military members can have positive effects. Lead author Comtois and corresponding author Kerbrat were quoted in multiple news stories: The OregonianTuniseSoir NewsHealioGlobal Health News Wire. and Deccan Chronicle​.

Digital Psychotherapy Has Yet to Overcome Trust Barrier
UW Medicine Newsroom | February 13, 2019
Digital psychotherapy could help improve access to mental health treatment, especially in underserved communities, but consumers still have significant concerns. Patricia Areán, PhD, weighs in.

Sleep Patterns Can Change With Aging Does That Mean Health Troubles Ahead?
Washington Post | February 10, 2019
Aging can have impactful effects on sleep patterns. According to a national poll, 46 percent of adults 65 and older have trouble falling asleep on a regular basis. Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, comments on sleep in aging. 

Technology is Taking On Addition — Now There Are Smartphone Apps to Help Prevent Relapses
KNKX | February 7, 2019
Every week, tens of thousands of Americans complete intensive drug and alcohol rehab programs. The next months after treatment, however, are fraught with risk of relapse. Dennis Donovan, PhD, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the UW, is quoted.

Got the Winter Blues?
Right as Rain | January 24, 2019
Amy Burns, M.D., offers practical tips for beating the January blues and keeping yourself motivated, whether that’s so you can stick to New Year’s resolutions or just find the bright side of the dreariest few months of the year.

Ways to Help Kids Cope With — And Help Combat — Climate Change
The Washington Post | January 22, 2019
As the tone surrounding climate change becomes more dire, our conversations about it with children grow more important. Laura Kastner, PhD, explains the importance of being realistic with kids but also teaching them agency and action.

Who's Making Sure Your Mental Health App Is Safe? No one, experts say
Deseret News | January 21, 2019
Less than half of the 44 million people in the U.S. with mental health disorders receive any form of treatment. Mobile applications can help address the issue of accessibility to mental health resources. Patricia Areán, PhD​, and Dror Ben- Zeev, PhD, chime in on the subject of regulating mental health mobile apps.

What is Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder?
ADDitude | January 2019
A child who consistently acts cranky and moody and then flies into intense rages with seemingly no provocation might have Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. William French, M.D., is quoted.

UW capital planning and employee compensation make Gov. Inslee’s proposed budget
UW Daily | January 15, 2019
In this new proposed budget for 2019-2021, Governor Jay Inslee has included significant funding for the UW campus and its employees, including pre-design funding for a new teaching hospital for Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

To Be Blunt: The Real Risks of Marijuana Use
UW Daily | January 7, 2019
Just as the potency of marijuana is getting higher, college students’ perceived harm of the drug is plummeting. Jason Kilmer, PhD, talks about the risks of marijuana use and some of the common misconceptions among young adults.
 
Could You Have a Drinking Problem Without Even Knowing?
Right as Rain | January 4, 2019
Kristen Lindgren, PhD, talks about the importance of minimizing risks when consuming alcohol and offers some practical takeaways such as setting and keeping limits, drinking at your own pace and knowing your reasons for drinking.
 
What's Coming In 2019? Global Thinkers Make Big, Bold Predictions
NPR: Goats and Soda | January 4, 2019
One prediction for global health and development in 2019 is that people who need mental health help will find it on their phone, and researchers around the world are also testing a variety of apps. The work of Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, is cited.

A Slow Climb to Stability for a Lifetime of Hope
bphope | January 4, 2019
Advancement colleague David Chow talks about his decade-long struggle to find workable medication and a wellness plan for his bipolar disorder.

'DeepSqueak' helps researchers decode rodent chatter
UW Medicine Newsroom | January 4, 2019
Russell Marx, and Kevin Coffey, PhD, researchers in the Neumaier Lab, are investigating rodent vocalizations in an effort to better understand how drugs change brain activity, and ultimately, to develop treatments for withdrawal from alcohol or opioids.
 

 
 

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