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  • ‘Our Families’: New Mental Health Support Group for African Americans

    April 23, 2019

    Depression is a very individual experience, influenced by everything from body chemistry, living situation, education level and even race. The latter factor prompted Kimesha Morris, director of social work at the Institute of Living, to create a free, twice-monthly support group aimed specifically at the local African American community. “Our…

  • Why People, And Medical Researchers, Need Help with Anger

    April 16, 2019

    Anger is the first negative emotion babies can express and research shows that as many people seek treatment for it as depression and anxiety combined. Yet it is not officially classified a mental health disorder which, according to Dr. Ray DiGuiseppe, director of education with the Albert Ellis Institute and…

  • Warning Signs of Suicide: How You Can Possibly Save a Life

    April 15, 2019

    This column originally appeared in The CT Mirror. By Dr. James O’Dea Vice President, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network In just a matter of days, two survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting and the father of a first-grade girl killed in the Sandy Hook massacre took his own life. With…

  • BHN’s Prominent Presence at National Council Conference

    April 04, 2019

    As the National Council for Behavioral Health held its annual conference in Nashville in late March, a Behavioral Health Network contingent was on hand, with several clinicians presenting research and observation as part of professional sessions throughout the four-day event. “Hartford HealthCare was well-represented at the conference by an enthusiastic…

  • Mass Shootings, Suicides Create Call for Action

    March 26, 2019

    In just a matter of days, two survivors of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting and the father of a first-grade girl killed in the Sandy Hook massacre committed suicide. While the actual shootings occurred more than six years apart, time has little to do with how someone is impacted by…

  • Men: ED Treatment Sound Too Good To Be True? It Probably is.

    March 17, 2019

    If you were among the 50 percent of adult males between the ages of 40 and 70 with erectile dysfunction, would you pay thousands of dollars for shock-wave treatment, which has uncertainties about long-term effectiveness and safety? Would you be concerned that it is not FDA-approved? You should be. More…

  • Beyond ‘Baby Blues’: IOL Program Identifies, Treats Perinatal Depression

    March 14, 2019

    Pregnancy should be a time of joy, but for women with mental illness it can be a complex period with layers of anxiety, fear and guilt overshadowing the excitement and anticipation. Up to 3 million women suffer from depression while pregnant and after giving birth, according to Art Guerra, APRN,…

  • What’s Next With New Ketamine Depression Drug? At IOL, a Study With Kids.

    March 13, 2019

    While the nation is clamoring for more information about the new treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration for depression, Drs. Andrew Winokur and Mirela Loftus are quietly working on the next application. A nasal spray containing the active ingredient Esketamine — a chemical “relative” of the drug ketamine…

  • E-cigs Vaporize Drop in Teen Tobacco Use

    March 12, 2019

    An e-cigarette epidemic has smoked out consistent declines in teen tobacco use, as a new report shows teen “vaping” is to blame for a 1.3 million increase nationwide from 2017 to 2018. The rise in the use of tobacco products by teens comes after several years of decreases and is…

  • Turning Recovery into a Vocation

    March 12, 2019

    On the darkest days of his week-long hospitalization at Natchaug, Robert Belenchia talked to people. Diagnosed with general anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and major depressive disorder, Belenchia had checked himself into the hospital after isolating himself for weeks in his Norwich apartment. Many of the people around him…


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