The Number of Children and Adolescents Taking Psychotropic Medications Continues to Rise

For the second year in a row there has been an increase in the number of children and adolescents being treated with psychotropic medications.  Mental health needs across both genders of American youth continues to be addressed in part with

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Prescription Pain Medication: The REAL Gateway Drug

“Heroin, prescription drugs, syringes found in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s home, law enforcement sources say.” — CNN (02/03/14 – 10/57am).  In the wake of today’s news that Philip Seymour Hoffman has died, I find myself one of the many shocked individuals.

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Alcohol Misuse: The 4th Leading Preventable Cause of Death in the U.S.

When people think of an assessment of an individual “Drinking too Much,” they often think, such an assessment applies to alcoholics or that the standards of what is considered, “too much” are unrealistically low considering social norms.  Actually, most people who drink

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Could Yoghurt Be a New Alternative for Treating Mental Illness and Living Longer?

A new study found that consuming probiotics, bacteria found in probiotic-containing yoghurt (usually labels says “live and active cultures) showed that those who consumed probiotic-containing yoghurt for 3 weeks had significantly improved mood compared with those who received placebo (Dinan

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Older Adults Benefit Neurologically from Music Training Early in Life

According to a study published this month in the Journal of Neuroscience, older adults who took music lessons as children but haven’t actively played an instrument in decades have a faster brain response to a speech sound than individuals who

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New Study on the Effects of Spanking Illustrates Increased Aggression / Decreased Language Skills

When I first saw the headline from the latest study to investigate the effect of spanking on a 5 year old, published last week in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, my first reaction was to file this

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Last Week’s Rant on Anti-Psychotics Validated: Thanks APA!

Last week in my blog post about shared genetics which were found to be linked to five mental illnesses, I went off on a tangent (I know, very uncharacteristic of me) about the prevalence of anti-psychotic medications prescribed for “off

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Shared Genes Found Link to Five Mental Health Illnesses

Two years ago, Howard LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, International Publishing, Harvard University Health Publications posted a blog in which he described that five seemingly different mental health disorders—major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder—were discovered to

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Updated Notice of Privacy Practices (8/30/2013)

Attached, is my updated Notice of Privacy Practices which includes the all of the provisions necessary under the Omnibus HIPAA Rule-making. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights announces a final rule that implements

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Teens at Greatest Risk for PTSD Identified

A study published in the August issue of Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry available here, found risk factors that identify teens at greatest risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following potentially traumatic experiences (PTE).  These

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