Dear Readers, Mental illness and substance abuse cause tremendous suffering for patients and their families. Further, these brain diseases cause avoidable deaths and are among the leading causes of disability for our state and nation. They affect all sorts of people — rich and poor, educated and uneducated, as well as those who are otherwise healthy and those with other ... Read More
Mental disorders are common throughout Arkansas, the United States and the world. They affect people of any age, race or religion, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
In medical school, Pedro Delgado found himself drawn to the brain. Deciding between neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry, he chose the path that focused on emotional and cognitive brain function over motor pathways or technically oriented surgical skills.
As a health care system that includes outpatient clinics, inpatient care and emergency services, UAMS is in a unique position to begin moving toward a new kind of health care delivery — one that centers around the patients’ and families’ needs to bring better care at a lower cost.
With an array of custom-made products to accommodate almost any need, why do so many patients waste so much time and money test-driving medications that don’t work for them?
The changes in the teenage girl’s brain were clearly evident in the brain scan. One MRI was taken before being treated for trauma resulting from sexual abuse, the other after receiving trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
The Walker Family Clinic, the outpatient arm of UAMS’ Psychiatric Research Institute, provides therapy for a host of mental health disorders, but the one thing common to all treatment is where it starts — with a rigorous assessment.
Leigh Ann Jones began her journey into addiction when she was 13. Her journey ended more than 25 years later at the Center for Addiction Services and Treatment in the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute.
When traditional medications for resistant mental disorders fail, doctors may turn to novel therapies that fall under a relatively new realm of medicine known as interventional psychiatry.
Arkansas has a serious drug problem that started with a prescription pad and a doctor’s signature. Prescription drug abuse has surpassed the use of illicit drugs, and Arkansas ranks first of all states in non-medical use of prescription pain relievers.
Treating a child with mental health issues is a family affair at UAMS. Whether the child needs inpatient services or can be treated in an outpatient setting, mental health specialists place an emphasis on involving the whole family.
While a tragedy, teen suicide rarely makes the news. It is most often experienced privately by families and friends who may struggle for years with grief and unanswered questions, including the inevitable, “Why?”
In March 2013, UAMS did more than open a specialized psychiatric unit. It also ushered in a new era for women’s mental health in Arkansas.
Every day can be a struggle for a person with memory problems. But there’s help at the Walker Memory Center in UAMS’ Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.
Nurses with education and training in mental health care are helping meet the needs of patients across Arkansas, and UAMS is providing the necessary resources to make that happen.
When licensed clinical social worker Kevin Navin was in graduate school in the 1990s, email was still largely only found on university campuses and pagers were commonplace. Just as technology has changed, so have mental health treatment models, Navin said.
Should any of the 28 psychiatric inpatient beds at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale come open, they don’t stay that way for long. Yet it wasn’t in the too distant past that there were no inpatient psychiatric services in the fast-growing northwest region of the state.
Opening the UAMS Northwest regional campus in 2009 also opened doors of opportunity for medical students and resident physicians in the field of psychiatry. The campus expanded access to medical and mental health care with newly graduated physicians completing their residencies in the area. By starting their careers in Arkansas — a state with one of the lowest number of ... Read More
When an Arkansas court orders that a defendant undergo a forensic psychiatric evaluation or treatment before standing trial for a crime, it turns to the Arkansas State Hospital.
More than half-a-million veterans enrolled in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care system are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and with suicide claiming the lives of an estimated 22 veterans every day.
If signs of depression in patients hospitalized for a heart attack are not recognized and treated, those patients are twice as likely to suffer a reoccurring coronary event. And with depression rates in those patients as much as three times greater than the general population, much can be done to improve those patients’ quality of life.
Women who have experienced emotional abuse, physical violence or sexual violence are more likely to participate in sexual and drug use behaviors that increase their risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection, research shows.
Mental illness is an equal opportunity disease, affecting whites and African-Americans about the same. What is different, especially for African-Americans in the Delta, are the barriers to mental health services, including perceptions that make them less willing to seek help.