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  • How Suicide Prevention Became Part of This Officer’s Job

    August 22, 2019

    When Kevin Briggs was sent out on his California Highway Patrol motorcycle to monitor the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, he had no training in interacting with suicidal people but the pain and anguish he saw in their eyes affected him instantly and deeply. “I just wanted to be…

  • Genetic Link Between Anorexia and Psychiatric, Metabolic Disorders?

    July 29, 2019

    For the first time, researchers have found a possible genetic link between anorexia nervosa and not only psychiatric but also metabolic disorders that may contribute to the disorder’s development. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a distorted perception of body size, severe restriction of food intake and dangerously…

  • At IOL, Connecting Young Clients Through Giant Murals

    July 25, 2019

    Eleven-year-old Xavier Hill had never really done anything artistic until he met a woman who managed to coax acrylic images of rainbows, skulls and basketballs out of him simply by sharing her personal story about art and mental illness. The Wethersfield boy, who attends the TOPS Extended Day Program at…

  • IOL Sets Conference as Part of World Suicide Prevention Day

    July 15, 2019

    As American healthcare progresses on many fronts, trends around suicide remain alarming with the Centers for Disease Control saying the suicide rate is the highest it’s been since World War II. Consider these statistics from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: In 2017, there were 13.42 suicides per 100,000 people….

  • Why Are Millennials Less Healthy Than Gen Xers?

    July 01, 2019

    So often, people say “it’s an age thing,” but in the case of millennials, poor health may be directly related to their age, and their regular use of social media and electronic devices. According to a report issued as part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Association “Health of…

  • Study: Teen Bullying Victims Struggle with Mental Health, Unemployment

    June 03, 2019

    Life as a bullied teen can be anxious and intolerable, but the effects of unaddressed behavior can linger long after days on the schoolyard or in the gym locker room. A recently released British study indicates that victims of teenage bullying are 40 percent more likely to grapple with mental…

  • New Research Shows Alcohol Consumption Up 70 Percent Worldwide Since 1990

    May 29, 2019

    While the nation is focused on tackling the opioid crisis, researchers have identified a 70-percent increase in alcohol consumption since 1990. Translated into liquid, the amount drunk climbed from 20,999 million liters (5,547 million gallons) to 35,676 million liters (9,425 million gallons) per year. “These numbers are staggering, and remind…

  • Godfrey Pearlson, director of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the IOL Recognized with Research Mentorship Award

    May 28, 2019

    Godfrey Pearlson, MA, MBBS, director of Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Institute of Living (IOL), was recently recognized with the Research Mentorship Award in a ceremony hosted by the American Psychiatric Association Fellowship Program (APAF) and American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry (AACDP). Dr. Pearlson –…

  • Panel Discussion Addresses Minorities and Mental Health May 29 at Hartford Hospital

    May 28, 2019

    With research showing that minorities do not seek professional help for mental illness at the same rate as others, it’s vital to breach the gap, overcome stigma and share the value of treatment. On Wednesday, May 29, the National Association of Health Services Executives Connecticut Chapter and Hartford HealthCare will…

  • Not Just for Kids: What it Takes To Be Diagnosed With ADHD as an Adult

    May 21, 2019

    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, when correctly diagnosed in children, often lingers into adulthood, but for others it’s only then that it manifests itself for the first time. Michael Stevens, PhD, of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living in Hartford, said ADHD in adults is only slightly less common…


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