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The Story:

One in Three Children With Mental Illness Cared for by Primary Care Physicians, Study Finds

According to results of a new study, primary care physicians and pediatricians–as opposed to psychiatrists–were the main providers for children with mental health conditions such as anxiety and ADHD.

Findings from the study were published online in the JournalPediatrics October 12th.

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston studied over 43,000 patients ages 2-21 who were evaluated in outpatient settings from 2008-2011 in the U.S.  They found that nearly 35% of children who received care for mental health conditions in office-based settings were treated by primary care physicians, 26% were treated by psychiatrists, and the remaining 15% were taken care of by social workers or psychologists.

Our Expert Opinion:

In areas where there are too few psychiatrists, the most effective systems link primary care physicians and pediatricians to psychiatrists and child psychiatric consultants. But ultimately it depends on the level of training of the pediatrician– which can be highly variable.  What many primary care physicians truly need is good mental health training, an established link to a skilled child psychiatrist for slightly complicated cases, and the knowledge of when to appropriately refer patients.

– Dr. Amanda Itzkoff, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:

On top of dealing with fevers, shots and everyday boo boos, pediatricians are, and will continue to be, an important first resource for parents who are worried about their child’s behavioral problems. Pediatricians are the doctors children see most often in the first years of life, walking them through each medical moment until their eighteenth birthday.  Whether it’s a sinus infection or signs of ADHD, a child’s pediatrician has to be ready to assess the situation and handle it.

The problem is pediatricians (or primary care clinicians) aren’t heavily trained in diagnosing and treating patients living with a mental disorder. So when I read the article above about the increased percentage of primary care doctors writing prescriptions, I felt it showed a lack of true understanding of the depths of mental disorders.

I believe the need for primary care clinicians to manage children with mental health concerns will continue to increase in the future.  Until then, pediatricians (and primary care clinicians) should be giving out more referrals than prescriptions.” – Carissa Johnson, Director of Operations at PROJECT 375

Real Chat: Let’s talk about it

We are excited to bring you another Real Chat! This week’s story is from Monica Davis.

Monica Davis is an artist at, a Master Resilience Trainer & Development Training Coordinate at the US Army and does Outreach & Social Media for @ProjectRebirth. Monica is an adventurist who just completed Martins Cycling Tour of Richmond in just 3:31:34!

PROJECT 375: What is a common misunderstanding you hear about mental illness? What is your diagnosis?

Monica Davis: I have Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), notice I left the D for Disorder off. I am not alone in this, that in order to lift the stigma associated with this illness, the word disorder needs to go. Although my PTS came from my childhood experiences residually returning to the surface, it was Iraq that brought them back to life. Now working directly for the Army, I totally understand what that stigma is like for our heroes who are too afraid to speak up about their trauma and grief journeys.
Keep track of Monica’s work here:  Instagram  Twitter  Website

Find the full Real Chat here.

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Stop the Madness

Then, when he was around 17, Glenn abruptly started spending long hours in his room. He stopped talking much, even around his family. One day, Tamara remembers, Glenn went into his room and spent hours destroying his belongings, including his treasured collection of every single Beatles album. On another night, Barbara came home to find Glenn sitting on the floor of the dining room. He’d carved a cross into the wall with a knife, and wouldn’t respond when she spoke to him. Glenn’s parents sought help from their family physician and a series of psychiatrists and social workers. At first, doctors thought he had bipolar disorder and depression, but after a few months, a psychiatrist hit on the correct diagnosis: Glenn had schizophrenia.

Sarah Silverman Perfectly Sums Up What Panic Attacks Feel Like

“People use ‘panic attack’ very casually out here in Los Angeles, but I don’t think most of them really know what it is,” she said. “Every breath is labored. You are dying. You are going to die. It’s terrifying. And then when the attack is over, the depression is still there. Once, my stepdad asked me, ‘What does it feel like?’ And I said, ‘It feels like I’m desperately homesick, but I’m home.’”

Lets Put Our Money Where Our Brains Are

Last week, Mental Health Awareness Week celebrated its 25th anniversary ending with a global celebration on World Mental Health Day. This important week of awareness coincided with the release ofPatrick Kennedy’s memoir, A Common Struggle, which details his personal journey as well as his family’s history of mental illness and addiction.

The reveal has not been well received by his family, with both Joan Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, Jr. expressing their disappointment in the media— a reaction Patrick Kennedy sees as part of the problem. For as long as Patrick Kennedy has been alive, his family’s brain health challenges and his own struggles with anxiety, bipolar disorder, and addiction — have all been colored as “personal issues” not “medical issues.” The silence and the shame were deafening, and Patrick Kennedy’s book is an attempt to show how, “Most families are frozen by the shame and hostage to the silence.”

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BIG Brandon Marshall News:

Announcing the limited-time only Under Armour Project 375 apparel line!

We’re giving them away as thank-you gifts to those who make a donation of $35 or $55 here.

Don’t miss Movember

Why mental health?
Poor mental health affects more men than women; three quarters of suicides are completed by men. TheWorld Health Organization estimates that 510,000 men die from suicide globally each year. That’s one every minute.

Get involved by joining forces with The Movember Foundation.

Recommended Read:
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
A Fable About Following Your Dreams…” – Brandon Marshall

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 The Facts

  • 20% of people with major depressive disorder develop psychotic symptoms. (
  • 10-15% of women develop postpartum depression. (
  • Bipolar disorder involves cycles of depression alternating with extreme highs, or manias. (
  • Seasonal Affetive disorder involves the affect of sunlight on your mood. Someone with [SAD] is more likely to be depressed during the winter, when there’s less sun. (
  • In the United States, 16 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2012. (


In case you missed it:

You can check out The Chatter, Volume 11 here.

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