“Most Americans Agree That Gun Violence Is Public Health Problem” AND more on Best 5 Saturday Reads

1) Most Americans Agree That Gun Violence Is Public Health Problem, Call for Action

The majority of Americans (87 percent) see gun violence as a public health threat, including 77 percent of Republicans and 96 percent of Democrats, according to the results of a national poll released by APA at last month’s Annual Meeting.

2) Is ‘Neurodiversity’ the Next Wave in Mental Health Activism?

Have you ever been made fun of because of your high sensitivity? Or bullied for the way or speed with which you can read, write or articulate your thoughts?

Perhaps you’ve been called scatterbrained or mocked for having attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or some other learning disorder?

As of 2017, nearly one-third of women in the United States will have an induced abortion by the age of 45 years. Despite decades of studies showing that abortion does not cause mental illness, misinformation abounds.

3) More Evidence That Abortion Is Not Associated With Increased Risk of Mental Illness

Women with psychiatric disorders are differentially vulnerable to conceiving pregnancies they do not intend or that occur at times when they do not consider themselves able to provide adequate parenting.

Thus clinicians can expect to encounter many patients who have had abortions and some facing decisions about current pregnancies. Students, trainees, and policy makers need accurate information as well.

4) Lithium in Tap Water Does Not Dilute Bipolar Disorder, Dementia Risk

Previous research has linked high levels of lithium in drinking water to lower risk for bipolar disorder and dementia. A new study suggests there’s no protective effect.

5) Promise of faster, more accessible schizophrenia diagnosis

A new study shows how the hand-held device RETeval may prove to be a more accessible way to diagnose schizophrenia, predict relapse and symptom severity, and assess treatment effectiveness.

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