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  • How the Mind Responds to Endless Bad National News

    December 09, 2019

    Two shootings in two days at military bases in Hawaii and Florida barely made the evening news, and these tragedies didn’t result in much water cooler talk, either. Is this the new normal? Not necessarily, according to Dr. Anthony Ng, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network’s East…

  • Eagles’ Brooks: What’s It’s Like To Handle Anxiety Like an NFL Pro

    December 04, 2019

    Professional athletes are known for their game-day routines, whether its Sidney Crosby’s pregame peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Steph Curry’s shooting warmup or former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher’s habit of consuming Girl Scout cookies before each game. For Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Brandon Brooks, however, game days usually start with…

  • Here’s the Reality of ‘The Joker’ and Mental Illness, Violence

    November 19, 2019

    Arthur Fleck’s life is rife with challenges. In crime-riddled Gotham, he struggles with mental illness that often goes untreated due to his chronic employment issues, he’s mugged and bullied, and he cares for a sickly mother. The protagonist in the latest DC Comics blockbuster “The Joker,” Arthur muddles through until…

  • Stress, Anxiety and Your Immune System: How to Avoid Getting Sick

    November 15, 2019

    You take a daily multivitamin, even a Vitamin C boost when you feel a sniffle, but avoiding something else in your life is a better way to improve your immunity. “Stress and anxiety have a tremendous impact on our immune system,” said David Tolin, PhD, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center…

  • How Age Can Affect How We Handle Stress

    November 05, 2019

    Stress is like taxes and death – one of life’s certainties — but as we age, the types of stress we face and our ability to handle it changes, and not always for the better. “Contributors to stress and anxiety vary with age,” says Peter Lucchio, a clinical psychologist who…

  • Coalition Against Domestic Violence Honors Rehmer

    November 05, 2019

    Awareness and education are keys to dispersing the shadow shame casts over domestic violence and when the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) honors people for their contribution to that effort this year, the Behavioral Health Network  president will be among them. Patricia Rehmer, who also serves as senior vice…

  • Do You Have a Drinking Problem? Find Out With This 5-Question Quiz

    October 26, 2019

    Several recent scientific papers have tackled the health effects of alcohol, some claiming there are health benefits while others suggest the national published guidelines for “safe drinking” should be lower. The debate may make it harder to know if you or someone you care about has a drinking problem. “The…

  • Legendary Physician Wins Institute of Living Burlingame Award

    October 25, 2019

    Dr. Hank Schwartz doesn’t throw the adjective “legendary” around loosely, so when he used it to describe this year’s winner of the Dr. C. Charles Burlingame Award, it spoke volumes. Indeed, that winner, Dr. Max Fink, a pioneer and champion of the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), has generated volumes…

  • He’s ‘Lucky To Be Alive’ After Pancreatitis Caused by Alcohol Abuse

    October 23, 2019

    After 40 years of social and eventually heavy drinking, Keith Bunnell was diagnosed with pancreatitis. He was told that if he didn’t stop drinking he would be dead in six months. He quit for a week. Four months later, the successful electrical designer and father of four had another bout…

  • For Recovery Leadership Academy Grads, A New Way to Help Others

    October 15, 2019

    By Kate Carey-Trull Lyne Stokes, a former teacher in Hartford Public Schools, was in a severe depression this summer when she reached out to her friend Karen Kangas and found out about the Recovery Leadership Academy. “I was in a dark place in my life at the beginning of the…


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