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Consider the Olympics of mental health and recovery

August 10, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic

Maybe someday we can dream big, like many Olympic athletes have done and host the Olympics of Mental Health. The competition could be about who overcame mental challenges and disorders to recover and succeed in life.

Consider the psychological state of our settings

July 11, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic

This would be a good time to check the state of our own mental healthcare unions: our clinics, hospitals and office practices. This time of year also dovetails with the annual turnover in our academic institutions.

The least you need to know about new CDC suicide data

April 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

After several years of consistent decline in suicide rates, the 1999 to 2014 timeframe shows an increase of 24%, according to new CDC data.

Public autism education is our responsibility

April 18, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic

Instead of paying so much attention to the false information about vaccines, attention must be paid to increasing educational and work opportunities for those with autism disorders.

Researcher uncovers trends in mental health disparities

April 4, 2016  | 

Researcher Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola has uncovered barriers to care, gaps in appropriate treatment services and other trends that speak to the opportunity for the behavioral health provider community to improve care delivery for the underserved.

CDC finalizes opioid guideline

March 16, 2016  |  Gary Enos

When the decision to prescribe opioids for chronic pain is made, the lowest possible effective dosage should be used in order to mitigate risk of dependence and overdose, according to a new CDC guideline.

Rogers focuses on young adult mood disorders with Chicago program

February 9, 2016  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

Rogers Behavioral Health has launched a specialized, partial-hospitalization program that offers evidence-based treatment for young adults with depression, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. 

What terms should we be using in behavioral healthcare?

February 5, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic

We all should also know that names and terminology in our field can have powerful psychological and attitudinal ramifications. As such, they can potentially help or harm our patients or, if you prefer, our “consumers,” or our “customers.”

Junior lawyers at high risk for problem drinking

February 3, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Those in the first 10 years of their legal careers are at a high risk of developing an alcohol use disorder, according to a new Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study. 

Avoid foods that tweak opioid receptors

February 2, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

There are highly nuanced food choices to consider in addiction treatment, such as a diet with reduced sugar and reduced gluten to avoid triggering opioid receptors.

USPSTF says screen all adults for depression

January 28, 2016  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a recommendation this week that all adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, be screened for depression by a primary care physician.

SAMHSA barometer shows reduction in teen smoking

January 26, 2016  |  Alison Knopf

The finding is important because it means that as the teens get older, they will be less likely to smoke as adults. Likewise the trend indicates prevention efforts are successful and should be continued.


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