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More on the Suicide Epidemic

Suicide continues to be a significant problem in the United States, and remains the 10th leading cause of death. In 2011, 39,518 people took their own lives. The numbers are more alarming when broken down by age and gender. Consider

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Posted in #Child Psychology, #Drugs, #Health, #Mental Health, #Parenting, #SubstanceAbuse, Adolescent Medicine, Health, Psychotherapy

September is National Recovery Month, Not National Opioid Month As the Numbers Suggest

Every day, 46 Americans die from an overdose of prescription opioid narcotics such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and methadone. Prescription Opioiod Abuse Alive and Well Along With A National Herioin Crisis: The rise in heroin use is leading to more drug

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Posted in #Addiction, #Drugs, #Mental Health, #SubstanceAbuse, Psychotherapy

Frequent Marijuana Use Bad for Teens’ Brains

Multiple Sources – August 10, 2014 At the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention, psychologists discussed the health implications of legalizing marijuana which in part included the effect of marijuana on teens. Generally, psychologists agreed that smoking marijuana just once

Posted in #Addition, #Drugs, #Health, #Mental Health, #Parenting, #SubstanceAbuse, Adolescent Medicine, Health, Psychotherapy

2014 World Cancer Report: “No Amount of Alcohol is Safe”

No Grey Area? It doesn’t take a genius to know that alcohol abuse can cause serious health problems.  However, over the past 10-15 years the benefits, especially cardiovasculr of “responsible drinking” (e.g. one glass of red-wine per day) has received a

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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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Posted in #Mental Health, #Parenting, Adolescent Medicine, Health, Psychotherapy

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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Posted in #Mental Health, #Parenting, Psychotherapy

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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Posted in #Health, #Mental Health, Psychotherapy

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

Posted in #Health, #Mental Health, Health, Psychotherapy

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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Posted in Adolescent Medicine, Psychotherapy

Strong Clinical Marker for Adolescent Suicide Attempts Identified

JAMA Psychiatry. Published online July 17, 2013. Psychotic symptoms in adolescents, particularly in individuals with existing psychopathology, appear to be an accurate clinical marker for suicide attempts, new research shows. In a longitudinal, population-based study, investigators at the Royal College

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Posted in #Drugs, #Mental Health, #Parenting, #SubstanceAbuse, Adolescent Medicine, Psychotherapy

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