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Gender Policy Redesign A Boost For Mental Health

A new policy on gender surgery is likely a boost to mental health sector. Aetna is updating its commercial insurance policies to include gender-affirming surgeries for transgender women, after several patients came forward who had been denied coverage for breast augmentation. Aetna worked with a law firm and a nonprofit organization representing these women to … Continue reading Gender Policy Redesign A Boost For Mental Health

Young Adult Vaping Use Down, Depression Up

According to a Mayo Clinic study mental health effects from the pandemic include significant changes in mental well-being and substance abuse among young adults. The study shows that alcohol abuse among young adults  increased from early March of 2020 while use of tobacco and vaping decreased. Mayo Clinic researchers found elevated levels of isolation, anxiety … Continue reading Young Adult Vaping Use Down, Depression Up

Misunderstood: How To Treat Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States or 18% of the population especially young adults, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, but it is often misunderstood. Therapist Patrick McGrath, Ph.D. McGrath has treated obsessive compulsive disorder and other forms of … Continue reading Misunderstood: How To Treat Anxiety

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