Get your eating habits on track this Winter

Unfortunately, with colder weather and shorter days, we often get distracted from focusing on the important aspects of our self care and forget keep up with our healthy habits. Meal tracking does more than just manage what you’re eating; it gives you insight onto how your body responds to different things. If you haven’t already,Read More

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First Responders Endorse Evidence-Based Practices for People with Severe Mental Illness

(Nov. 23, 2015) An organization representing emergency preparedness and response practitioners has endorsed assisted outpatient treatment and other evidence-based practices as effective interventions for people with severe mental illness who struggle with voluntary treatment adherence. The InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB) – whose mission is to strengthen the nation’s ability to prepareRead More

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Participation in Mental Health Courts May Lessen Future Arrests

Criminal defendants who enter mental health court programs may perceive their treatment as significantly less voluntary than those not participating in such programs, but they appear to experience better outcomes, according to a study published in Psychiatric Services in Advance. Woojae Han, M.S.W., of the University of Albany, and Allison Redlich, Ph.D., of George Mason UniversityRead More

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The Criminalization of Mental Illness Can No Longer Be Ignored

(Nov. 17, 2015) People suffering with severe mental illness are criminalized at an alarming rate in our country. This year alone has brought many tragic encounters between corrections staff and inmates with mental illness. Natasha McKenna was arrested early this year on a charge of assaulting a police officer while suffering a psychotic break dueRead More

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Orientation Program Shows Value of Recovery-Oriented Care

Staff of the Connecticut Mental Health Center discuss a model to teach the value and potential of recovery-oriented care to new medical personnel through the insights of current and former patients. Recovery-oriented care models have been gaining traction in many mental health and substance abuse settings, but it’s been a slow process due toRead More

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Here’s how to follow through on improving your wellbeing…

After one week into 2016, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Unfortunately, about 1 in 3 people ditch their vows by the end of January. It’s proven that by monitoring something, it is a lot easier to manage and follow through on improving your wellbeing. Simply tracking how much you are—or aren’t—doing something willRead More

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Psychosocial Treatments Found Effective for Early Psychosis

Patients who received comprehensive specialty care remained in treatment longer, experienced greater improvement in quality of life and psychopathology, and more. First-episode psychosis patients who participated in a comprehensive, team-based treatment program at community clinics that included a combination of medication and psychosocial support experienced significant improvements in symptoms and quality of life compared withRead More

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First Psychotic Episode by Dr. Alex Kopelowicz

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Study Identifies Factors Predictive of Response to Risperidone

The genotype associated with a better response to risperidone encodes for a specific potassium channel that has been shown to be linked to schizophrenia by contributing to disorganized neuronal firing. The presence of a genetic polymorphism and the speed with which a patient metabolizes risperidone may help to predict those with schizophrenia who are theRead More

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