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Thawing relations highlight Cuba’s ambivalent past with mental health

Fidel Castro, who ruled Cuba as prime minister or president for a total of almost 50 years, passed away on Nov. 25, 2016. Perhaps the longest-lived foe of the United States, Castro’s rule saw an attempted invasion, a close call to nuclear war and, if some sources are to be believed, some 600 assassination attempts. […]


Sedentary behavior in residential treatment is counter-productive

If a person maintains a sedentary lifestyle, it’s likely that they are putting their health at risk, increasing the likelihood for developing chronic health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and depression. Exercise can have an impact on the body and the mind, including improvements in mental clarity, psychological well-being and mood. […]


Surgeon General’s landmark report addresses substance misuse and addiction

On Nov. 17, 2016, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., Surgeon General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, released the first-ever report on substance misuse and addiction, and the consequences of alcohol and drug misuse in the U.S. The landmark report, “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, […]


Looking on the brighter side may increase effectiveness of SSRIs, improve depression

You probably have met a person at least in passing who has been diagnosed with depression, or perhaps someone closer to you has the disorder – maybe your friend, partner or family member. Sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping, changes in appetite, and even thoughts of suicide plague individuals living with depression. According to Depression […]


Adopted children more likely to develop mental health disorders, study shows
Posted in Mental Health

Raising children is often one of the greatest joys for parents. Watching them meet their developmental milestones, develop their own personality and anticipating the change they may create in the world may be some of the greatest gifts to parents. Raising children comes in many forms: adopting, fostering and giving birth. Parents do not have […]


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