NY1 - "President’s Gun Violence Plan Stresses Mental Health Treatment for At-Risk Youth"

New York, NY
 – January 29, 2013  –– 

Dr. Vilma Gabbay, chief of Mount Sinai Medical Center's newly opened Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program in Manhattan, says President Barack Obama's focus on mental health as it relates to random acts of violence among children following the Newtown Elementary School tragedy is long overdue. "It's really a crisis with respect to public health, the lack of awareness and adequate treatment for psychiatric disorders," Gabbay says. "Unfortunately, there is a stigma, there is silence." Dr. Gabbay says that warning signs of mood and anxiety disorders include social withdrawal, inability to concentrate, irritability, disorganized speech, and grandiosity or a belief in having super powers. Read more