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December issues of APA journals cover childhood resilience and adult outcomes, genetics and postpartum depression, increasing rates of suicide among Black women, and more

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American Psychiatric Association

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 4, 2023 — The latest issues of two American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are now available online.

The December issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry features studies that shed new light on our understanding of postpartum depression, suicide, responses to stress in adulthood, and adversity in children. Highlights include:

  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19-Related Stressor Exposer and Adverse Mental Health Outcomes Among Health Care Workers. (Lead investigator Aaron Samuel Breslow is the featured guest on December’s AJP Audio podcast episode.)
  • Meta-analyses of Genome-Wide Association Studies for Postpartum Depression.
  • Adult Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, and Functional Outcomes of Children Resilient to Early Adversity. 
  • A Mental Health Crisis and Call to Action: Increasing Trends in Suicide Among Black Women in the United States. 

The December issue of Psychiatric Services features:  

  • Qualitative Analysis of Paranoia Reported in Clinical Interviews With Black and White Adults With Schizophrenia.
  • Impact of Medication-Based Treatment on Health Care Utilization Among Individuals With Opioid Use Disorder.
  • Availability of Outpatient Child Psychiatric Care During COVID-19: A Simulated-Patient Study in Three U.S. Cities.
  • Cultural Influences on the Creation and Use of Psychiatric Advance Directives.
  • Psychiatry’s Obligation to Promote Voting Among Patients With Mental Illness.
  • A Public Health Perspective to Reform the Competence to Stand Trial System.
  • “Why Won’t They Believe Me?” (Personal Account).


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