Where We Are with Mood Disorders, Part 1

Scott T. Aaronson

Scott T. Aaronson, MD
Director, Clinical Research Programs
Sheppard Pratt Health System

During this Mental Health Awareness Month, we spoke with Dr. Scott Aaronson about where we are with care for mood disorders and what we have to look forward to.

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Epilepsy Skill-Building Provides Lessons for Mental Health

Ron Manderscheid

Ron Manderscheid, PhD
Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors and National Association for Rural Mental Health

Health strategies in the epilepsy field offer ideas for addressing mental health and substance use disorders.

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“Press Pause” to Help Teens & Young Adults Cope with Stress, Anxiety, and Relationship Issues

John MacPhee

John MacPhee, MBA, MPH
Executive Director & CEO, JED

Over the last few years, there’s been a growing focus on the importance of strengthening resiliency and developing healthy coping mechanisms among teenagers, college students, and young adults. We want young people to “press pause.”

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Addressing Teen Stress, Part 2

Elin Björling

Elin Björling, PhD
University of Washington

Last week, in recognition of National Stress Awareness Month, we began examination of stress and teens, particularly teenage girls. Read that, then read this week’s part 2. – Ed.

Designing technology-based stress reduction tools has promise for teens’ stress now and their future health.

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Addressing Teen Stress, Part 1

Elin Björling

Elin Björling, PhD
University of Washington

Just because stress is an increasing problem for today’s teens doesn’t mean that it is “normal.” We need to work together to address adolescent stress so today’s teens don’t suffer long-term consequences to their physical and mental health.

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Sharing a Pathway to Inner Peace in a Stressful World

Wuf Shanti and Adam Photo

Adam, age 13

To kick off National Stress Awareness Month, CFYM is delighted to bring the perspective of a 13-year-old to the conversation, as Adam shares his hope and strategy for addressing kids’ stress. Sometimes adults just need to stand out of the way and let the next generation lead. – Ed.

As far back as I can remember, probably starting at age 5, my mom would make me learn about charities and how to give back to help people. It seemed natural for me to become a peer counselor in school. It also made sense to take my great-grandfather’s teachings and pay it forward to teach other kids about mindfulness.

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Mom and daughter with doctor

By Care for Your Mind, based on material from the
National Association of Social Workers

March has been National Social Work Month, prompting us to look at the vital role of social workers in improving our health and society.

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Opioid Abuse and Depression: A Bi-Directional Relationship in Need of Better Attention

Ron Manderscheid

Ron Manderscheid, PhD
Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors and the National Association of Rural Mental Health

It’s no secret that opioid abuse remains a growing problem in the US, notwithstanding increased attention by policymakers, law enforcement and health care professionals from Main Street to the halls of the US Congress. Despite expressions of concern and promises of funding, little has improved the situation.  Indeed, as many as 2.4  million American today abuse painkillers; nearly 500,000 more abuse heroin.

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