Following a diagnosis of a mental illness, patients and their families need to become informed consumers to evaluate recommended treatments and advocate for the best outcome. Harold Pincus, M.D., co-director of Columbia University's Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research sheds light on patients' most common concerns and explains how research improves treatment.
Donna Morgan, mother of Simone Battle of pop group G.R.L., speaks publicly for the first time about the loss of her daughter to suicide. Suicide prevention expert Maria Oquendo M.D., professor of clinical psychiatry/vice chair for education at Columbia University and director of residency training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, discusses the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and neurobiology of suicidal behavior. 250 characters:Suicide Prevention: The challenges of identifying those at risk of suicide with a focus on young people; the future of medical tests for prevention; removing the stigma of sharing suicidal thoughts; understanding a family's tragedy gives others hope. 100 characters:Suicide Prevention: Identifying those at risk of suicide with no outward signs; removing the stigma.