Addressing Disparities at Psychiatry’s Biggest Meeting

This year’s 2022 American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting was the first since the pandemic to be in-person. It had a virtual component also, but it wasn’t live, so the meeting wasn’t a truly hybrid meeting. The virtual attendees were given access for 1 week in early June, a few weeks after the live meeting. … Read more

AMA Debates Racial Reparations as a Health Initiative

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) discussed the issue of racial reparations ahead of its annual House of Delegates meeting this week. A resolution written by the AMA’s Medical Student Section proposed that the AMA study potential mechanisms of national economic reparations as well as reparations by the organization itself. It also proposed that … Read more

Don’t Equate Mass Shootings With Mental Illness

Here we go, again, and again, and again. There just aren’t enough tears, and before the bodies of 19 small children are identified, the political noise starts up. Mass shootings are a part of the American landscape, but when they happen at schools, we all feel a distinct sense of violation and gaping grief. Those … Read more

APA Targets Structural Racism, Offers Solutions

The negative consequences of structural racism on mental health, and opportunities for change, are the focus of a special theme issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP), released to coincide with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting. The hope is this special issue will “motivate clinicians, educators, and researchers to take actions that … Read more

Disparities Shrink With Aggressive Depression Screening

An analysis at a large academic health system suggests that universal screening might help to reduce problematic disparities in depression treatment. The study began soon after the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended depression screening for all adults in 2016. The task force based this recommendation on evidence that people who are screened and treated … Read more