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  • PTSD from COVID-19? Here Are Four Signs.

    September 17, 2020

    The physical stress of infection might end, but COVID-19 patients can carry emotional scars from the experience for months and years, often in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Even once physically recovered, these people may experience lingering effects due to: A fear of dying. Social isolation from the…

  • Institute of Living Researchers Join International Study of Schizophrenia in Young People

    September 15, 2020

    The Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center and Advanced Services for Adolescents with Psychosis Program at The Institute of Living, part of Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network (BHN), was selected to join an international research effort to better understand the cause and effect of schizophrenia in high-risk adolescents and young adults. Backed by…

  • More Substance Abuse, More Overdoses in the State . . . And Fewer People Seeking Help

    September 02, 2020

    While Connecticut’s opioid overdose statistics seemed somewhat hopeful in 2018, widespread introduction of fentanyl reversed the trend last year and the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t finished overloading people with worries feeding addictions this year. Dr. J. Craig Allen, medical director of Rushford, part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, marked…

  • IOL To Host Eighth World Suicide Prevention Day Conference

    September 01, 2020

    Every day, 132 people die by suicide in the United States. The Institute of Living (IOL) is hoping to shed…

  • September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    September 01, 2020

    In 2018, 48,344 Americans died by suicide — more than the number of traffic fatalities and almost double the number…

  • Amid Pandemic, Opioid Overdose Deaths Spike 18 Percent in State

    August 27, 2020

    Opioid overdose deaths jumped more than 18 percent in the first six months of this year in Connecticut, lending truth to earlier assertions by Hartford HealthCare experts that the COVID-19 pandemic would result in more use and related problems. Dr. J. Craig Allen, medical director of Rushford in the system’s…

  • Why Remote Learning Difficult for Some Students With Behavioral Concerns

    August 26, 2020

    It’s challenging enough to deliver academic lessons in virtual classrooms, but without the nuances of human interaction that come with in-person learning, students with behavioral concerns can flounder. “These are students who need social-emotional guidance, which is difficult to do through the screen,” said Jill Bourbeau, chief administrator for the…

  • CDC: COVID-Related Anxiety, Depression Skyrockets in Young Adults

    August 20, 2020

    Research showing a staggering increase in the number of young adults feeling anxious or depressed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic comes mere weeks before the start of a new school year, giving them and the adults in their lives one more thing to figure out. A new Centers…

  • Demand Spikes During COVID-19 for Rushford’s Substance Use, Behavioral Health Services

    August 13, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted schedules, education routines and social events, but, perhaps more seriously, it has also increased the need, nationally and locally, for behavioral health and addiction services. Dr. J. Craig Allen, medical director of Rushford, part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, told a panel from…

  • A Little TOO Much Family Time During COVID-19? Here’s How to Inject Some Fun

    August 13, 2020

    Most families develop patterns or habits that become dear to them, from off-beat to touching, and there’s no time like the endless togetherness of a pandemic to strengthen yours or start new ones. Do you make breakfast for dinner one night a month? Slouch around in pajamas on snow days?…

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