Behavioral Health

| Posted On Aug 29, 2016 | By:

To Improve Mental Health Care, Study Matches Patients with Providers

A research team comprised of researchers and clinicians at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, University at Albany, SUNY, Outcome Referrals, Inc., and Atrius Health has recently been awarded $1.7 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The funding is for a study on improving mental health care by scientifically matching patient needs to clinical providers’ strengths.

The researchers will compare the effectiveness of a new, scientifically based patient-provider match system for mental health treatment to the more traditional method known as “pragmatic case assignment,” which is based on provider availability,

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| Posted On Sep 29, 2015 | By:

When the Winter Blues Make You SAD

Every fall, we New Englanders must adjust to seasonal changes. As we move into autumn, the sun sets earlier every day and we turn the clocks back an hour for Daylight Savings Time. This loss of light and the oncoming cold can have a negative effect on our mood. Those who love winter sports celebrate, but many of us feel less energetic and begin to dread the upcoming winter. Some of us believe that bears have the right idea and would like to skip winter altogether,

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| Posted On Aug 26, 2015 | By:

Preparing Yourself for an Empty Nest

It’s the time of year when kids across the country are packing up to head off for their first year of college. Or maybe your youngest child is finally moving into their own apartment. It’s an exciting time for your child, but as a parent, you may have mixed emotions.

If your only child or last child is leaving home, you may experience something called empty nest syndrome. Empty nest syndrome is a common experience of sadness or emptiness that some parents have when their children leave home.

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| Posted On May 15, 2013 | By:

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health Treatment

In our society, the stigma of mental illness is very real.  While lowering cholesterol is something people discuss openly, seeking mental health treatment is something many view as a secret. As a psychiatrist, it is disappointing to see that negative perceptions are a major barrier to patients receiving the medical care they need. Where do these perceptions come from? And how can they be changed?

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| Posted On Jan 29, 2013 | By:

When Illness Enters Your Relationship: Potential for Growth and Renewal

Frightening diagnoses, injuries, or diseases like Alzheimer’s invade a couple’s relationship like unwelcome houseguests, changing every aspect of daily life and refusing to give their dates of departure.  Whether these intrusions arrive with the sudden blast of a catastrophe –injury or serious diagnosis—or with the slow, creeping realization that something is just not right, the effects are the same: both partners need to “recalibrate” their roles and their feelings in this new reality.

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| Posted On Oct 29, 2012 | By:

Feeling SAD? It’s That Time of The Year

Do you feel like your energy level declines significantly and you have the urge to sleep more starting in the late fall?  Or do you feel irritable or blue, or crave sweets and gain weight like clockwork starting every year around this time?  If so, you probably suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition that affects millions worldwide.  It is especially prevalent in individuals who live in northern latitudes, and tends to affect women and children more than men.

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| Posted On Sep 05, 2012 | By:

Achieving peace of mind through Mindfulness

There has been a lot of buzz recently in the medical and mental health realms about mindfulness, or bringing self-awareness to emotions and body sensations. The practice of mindful meditation with the goal of cultivating awareness has been part of the Buddhist culture for thousands of years.  This concept is now being used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, addictions, and many other mental illnesses.

There has also been a lot of recent evidence supporting its benefits for a broad range of medical conditions and populations,

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| Posted On Jul 17, 2012 | By:

Are psychiatric medications safe in pregnancy?

When a woman considers pregnancy, she naturally has a whole host of questions to answer and decisions to make.  For women who have experienced mental illness, however, pregnancy brings up another important decision:  should I continue my medication?

While the decision around treatment often centers on the risks to the fetus of exposure to a medication, there are additional risks to both mother and child if mental illness is left untreated. 

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| Posted On Jul 13, 2012 | By:

Staying Sane with your Significant Other

Have you ever confided in your friends, “Why do I have so much trouble communicating with my partner?” or “Why do I end up saying things that hurt my partner, when I would never say such things to anyone else? What happened to that wonderful connection in the beginning and how can I get it back?”

Many people experience regret after a difficult argument, believing they have succeeded in eroding trust in the one person with whom they want closeness.

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| Posted On May 15, 2012 | By:

When the happiest time of your life…isn’t: Postpartum depression

Pregnancy can be an exciting time, and the birth of a baby is often thrilling and joyful.  This time in your life can also be stressful, involving many life changes.  Hormonal changes and planning and caring for a new baby can take a toll on a mother’s well-being. It is quite common for a new mother’s mood to be low after the birth of a baby, but if it develops into symptoms of depression,

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