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Prevent and treat the post-holiday blues

January 10, 2017  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

This early part of the year is when the suicide rate spikes, and when depression commonly increases. Indeed, divorce lawyers have deemed the Monday after Christmas as "Divorce Day."

It’s the clinical model

January 4, 2017  |  Ed Jones, PhD
article

There is no entity promoting the value of psychosocial solutions like psychotherapy, let alone one with the power and wealth of the pharmaceutical industry.

What we can learn from Carrie Fisher

December 28, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

Though Carrie Fisher's living force ended this week, her life force will remain with so many, especially for mental health.

The opioid epidemic affects older adults, too

December 21, 2016  |  Kaiser Health News
news

As the nation grapples with a devastating opioid epidemic, concerns have primarily focused on young people buying drugs on the street. But America’s elderly also have a problem.

To your full happiness, health and heart

December 13, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

This year has been one of great tumult—home-based terrorism, disconcerting race relations and an extremely divisive election. Hence, we look forward to these holidays as a period of essential relief from our everyday worries and woes.

Resolve to reduce suicide in 2017

December 9, 2016  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

As it turns out, risk seems to be reduced from Christmas Day to New Year's Day, but there are always ways to reduce the rate of suicide for the highest risk patients.

What Works: Centers of excellence

November 28, 2016  |  Donna Marbury
article

The not-for-profit Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc. is one of 50 centers of excellence funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to increase integrated behavioral health and primary care.

Midlevel practitioners authorized to prescribe buprenorphine

November 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

A new 2017 federal policy will allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine. Previously, only physicians were authorized to prescribe the medication.

How to add MAT services to your organization

November 14, 2016  |  Brian Albright
article

Deciding to add a medical dimension like MAT to an existing program is one thing; actually making the transition is another. The process involves overcoming a number of hurdles that could potentially derail the program.

Higher caps may not increase buprenorphine utilization

November 14, 2016  |  Brian Albright
article

Research from the RAND Corporation indicates that few physicians currently prescribing buprenorphine have approached the 100-patient treatment cap, and many of those might be underutilizing the drug.

Anxiety remains in election aftermath

November 11, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

An unexpected shift can leave people feeling unsafe and unanchored. How we re-establish our sense of safety or comfort will be an individual process for each person.

TBI and PTSD appear similar but treatments must differ

November 7, 2016  |  Theodore A. Henderson, MD, PhD
article

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have much in common. Both have symptoms that appear similar, and both are often considered untreatable. However, both conditions vary greatly, and treatments that go off course, do more...

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