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  • Why Haunted Houses, Kids Don’t Always Mix

    October 08, 2018

    October is a time for spooky spaces, graveyard visits and haunted happenings. In most cases it’s frightening fun. But children may find it confusing – and truly scary – if they don’t understand that no real harm is headed their way. So how young is too young to visit these…

  • Rushford: Despite Opioid Epidemic, More People Seeking Help For Alcohol Abuse

    October 05, 2018

    Much attention has been paid to the scourge of heroin, opioid addiction and related overdose deaths, but clinical supervisors at Rushford locations say the clients they see are primarily suffering from alcohol use disorder. “Eight-one percent of our clients last month were treated for alcohol problems and only 13 percent…

  • What Happens After Experiencing Psychosis for the First Time?

    September 27, 2018

    It might start subtly or be something easily attributable to the nuances and stresses of growing up, but first-episode psychosis is an important peek at the mental unraveling that will certainly occur if nothing is done. Early intervention is key to helping people with first-episode psychosis, or FEP, get the…

  • The List: Patients Who Don’t Take Meds as Prescribed, By Condition

    September 25, 2018

    “Devastating” and “staggering (toll)” are adjectives used by officials with the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Medical Director Institute, or MDI, on its recent report showing a grave lack of compliance to medication prescriptions. Noncompliance with medication regimens — when people do not take prescription drugs as prescribed by their…

  • Dr. Santopietro Brings ‘Servant Leadership’ to Behavioral Health Network

    September 17, 2018

    Every summer and Christmas vacation from high school through medical school found John Santopietro, MD, DFAPA, donning a rubber apron and working in his family’s fish market, preparing, stocking and selling filets, squid, eel and snails. The large Italian family that gathered often and talked incessantly was a good breeding…

  • Free Talk at Blue Back: Getting Help for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    September 17, 2018

    It’s one of those abbreviations that gets tossed around freely in conversation, but OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is a chronic, long-lasting disorder that plagues many people with uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts and causes them to repeat behaviors over and over again just to get through the day. To help people…

  • Youth Suicide: Here Are Some Signs For Parents

    September 14, 2018

    Youth suicide is a growing health concern. In fact, it’s the second-leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24 according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. During World Suicide Prevention Week, we discuss how to address this issue with child psychologist Dr….

  • Institute of Living Education Building to be Named for Retiring Leader Hank Schwartz

    September 10, 2018

    The Institute of Living (IOL) Commons Building will be named  after Harold (Hank) Schwartz, MD, whose legacy includes transforming the IOL into what it is today and the recognition he has brought it across the state and nation. Dr. Schwartz, affectionately known as Hank, is stepping down as Psychiatrist-in-Chief on…

  • Hank Schwartz: Farewell, but not Goodbye

    September 10, 2018

    Institute of Living Psychiatrist-in-Chief Harold (Hank) Schwartz, MD, is known for speaking his mind, transforming the Institute of Living during a time of crisis, speaking out against the Catholic Church during the priest abuse scandal and his work following the Sandy Hook massacre. But there is a lot more to…

  • 5 Tips on Supporting Your Loved One During Recovery

    September 10, 2018

    Loving someone in recovery for mental or substance abuse disorders can be challenging, but there are a variety of ways to be supportive as they make their way. “Family members and close friends are tremendously important influences when someone is in recovery,” says Patricia Rehmer, president of the Hartford HealthCare…


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