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  • How to Tell if You’ve Crossed the Line From Just Messy to Hoarding

    February 12, 2018

    Your desk has gotten a little messy lately. Stacks of books, dirty mugs and piles of papers seem to be scattered all over the place. Are you just a little messy or could you have hoarding disorder? “If you came to my office, you’d see that I fall in the…

  • Healthcare Workers Share Similar Struggles to Those They Treat

    January 16, 2018

    More than 10 percent of healthcare workers are expected to misuse alcohol or drugs during the course of their professional life, according to various studies.  While that isn’t any higher than the general public, people working in healthcare may ignore their own needs to focus on caring for others. This is…

  • Exercise’s Role in Psychiatric Rehabilitation: How it Can Help Your Brain, Too

    December 20, 2017

    Could a few minutes of pingpong, basketball or walking help improve cognition and symptoms of mental health disorders? According to Jimmy Choi, senior scientist at the Institute of Living’s Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, the answer is yes. “We all know physical exercise is good for us, but it is still…

  • What’s Wrong (and Right) with ’13 Reasons Why’

    November 20, 2017

    Episode screening, discussion to be held Nov. 29 at NFA NORWICH – With a sequel to the controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” on the horizon, the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network will hold a town hall discussion on Nov. 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in Norwich Free Academy’s Slater Auditorium,…

  • Brain-Imaging Research At IOL: ADHD A Collection Of Disorders

    November 17, 2017

    Researchers have found that patients with different types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have impairments in unique brain systems, suggesting there may not be a one-size-fits-all explanation for the cause of the disorder. The study has the potential to radically reframe how researchers think about ADHD. The study was published…

  • Parents: How To Explain Hollywood Sex Scandal To Your Kids

    November 15, 2017

    Talking about sex with your own kids is never easy. Talking with them about the accusations of sexual misconduct against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis C.K. or U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and others can be downright intimidating. But it’s an opportunity – another in the many “teachable” moments…

  • Connecticut Veterans And The Alarming Rate Of Suicide

    November 09, 2017

    Not too long ago, suicide rates for active military members and veterans were lower than those of the general population. Yet the military (active and veterans) now represents 20 percent of all suicides in the United States after a doubling of suicide rates between 2001 and 2009. Veterans Day, a national…

  • Nurse Brings 120 Years of Experience to New Job at IOL

    October 31, 2017

    Amanda Terranova joined the Institute of Living as a nurse in August, but her orientation to the Hartford Hospital campus didn’t happen on her first day of work—it happened at the dinner table when she was growing up. “Every time I came home from school, they were always talking about…

  • Teen Suicide: Town Hall Discussions In Norwich

    October 24, 2017

    The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why,” based on a young-adult novel in which the protagonist, Hannah, commits suicide and leaves behind a cassette tape detailing the reasons why she did it, will begin a second season in 2018.  Although details about the sequel have been scarce, many have criticized…

  • Columbia’s Pincus Receives Burlingame Award For Work In Behavioral Health

    October 20, 2017

    Dr. Harold Alan Pincus, vice chair of psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, received the 2017 C. Charles Burlingame Award Oct. 18 in Hartford for his contributions to health services and the diagnosis, classification and treatment of mental disorders. The Institute of Living’s annual Burlingame Award is considered among…


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