Podcasts About Mental Illness & Related Issues

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Binge Drinking Among Adolescents, July 10, 2014

How is binge drinking for adolescents defined? How does alcohol use affect a young person's brain development? For those who binge drink in adolescence, what are the risk factors for developing an addiction disorder later in life? How does this differ, if at all, from those who do not binge drink in adolescence? Get answers to these questions and more in this Keep Talking radio show with Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander. 

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Treatment of Opiate Addiction, July 3, 2014

Dr. Rob Simpson shares about his recent trip to southern Kenya where he visited a rural school. Also in this podcast, Dr. Simpson and Dr. Ostrander discuss the challenges and opportunities in treating opiate addiction.

Dr. Todd Kammerzelt and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Impact of Addiction on Families, June 12, 2014

In this Keep Talking segment with Peter St. James, Dr. Robyn Ostrander is joined by Dr. Todd Kammerzelt and Susan, a parent with two children in addiction recovery, to discuss how the disease of addiction impacts families. Susan shares her personal experience in a way that is understandable and relatable to many families who have been affected by addiction. Dr. Ostrander and Dr. Kammerzelt also provide information and resources aimed at helping individuals and their families who have been impacted by addiction gain more insight and lead healthier, more meaningful lives.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Stand Up to Stigma, May 29, 2014

What is stigma? In what ways can it affect people with mental illness and addiction and their journeys to recovery? What can we do as individuals, communities and society at large to break the stigmas associated with mental illness and addiction and raise awareness of the importance of mental health? Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss these questions and more in this interview with Peter St. James.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Depersonalization, May 15, 2014

In this educational podcast, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss depersonalization, its root causes, and treatment options. Depersonalization, often a symptom of another illness or disorder, is the feeling of being disconnected or detached from oneself. Check out this podcast to learn more.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Worldwide Injuries and Violence, May 8, 2014

Injuries are a leading cause of death worldwide and, therefore, should be treated as a major public health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every ten deaths worldwide are caused by injuries and violence. In this podcast, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss this public health issue and share strategies that some countries have adopted that have shown to decrease injuries and violence.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
The Science of Happiness, May 1, 2014

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander kick-off the month of May with this enlightening and inspiring discussion about happiness and how we can attain happiness. They also discuss the research completed by professor of psychology at Amherst College, Katherine A. Sanderson, PhD, that has shown that age, faith and personality have a greater impact on one's happiness than what money or intelligence can do.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander, MD, Senior Medical Director
Mobile Apps for Recovery, April 24, 2014

Dr. Robyn Ostrander provides an overview of the supports and resources that are available to help individuals struggling with alcohol addiction get better and stay well. In this age of smart phones, apps for alcoholism are becoming increasingly popular and have shown to be an effective tool for many. As Dr. Ostrander explains in this podcast, these apps offer users assistance and encouragement at the swipe of a finger.

Dr. Rob Simpson, President & Chief Executive Officer
How to Best Address the Issue of Opioid Addiction, April 17, 2014

How has the issue of opioid addiction in the United States been addressed over the last 30+ years? What have been the outcomes? How can we improve these outcomes in the future? Dr. Rob Simpson answers these questions and presents the need for a paradigm shift in the way we approach the disease of addiction.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Violence in Children and Teens, April 10, 2014

In this educational podcast, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss the incidence of violent behavior in children and teens, a complex and troubling issue facing many communities in the United States. They also discuss bullying and its affects on both the victims as well as the perpetrators.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens, WTPL, April 3, 2014

In this educational podcast, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander provide an overview of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. They discuss some of the common symptoms of the illness in these age groups, the process for diagnosis and treatment options.

Dr. Rob Simpson, President & Chief Executive Officer
Overview of the Brattleboro Retreat, WTPL, March 29, 2014

What is the history of the Brattleboro Retreat? What is the current role of the Retreat in the region's menal health care delivery system? How is the Retreat positioning itself in the midst of the changes taking place in health care? Dr. Rob Simpson, the president and CEO of the Brattleboro Retreat, answers these questions and more in this informative podcast.

Dr. Todd Kammerzelt and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Consequences of Drug and Alcohol Addiction, WTPL, March 20, 2014

In this informative podcast, Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Todd Kammerzelt discuss the consequences of drug and alcohol addiction at the individual, family, community and societal levels. Dr. Kammerzelt also explains the difference between physical dependence and addiction.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander, MD, Senior Medical Director
Mental Health in Seniors, WTPL, March 13, 2014

Dr. Robyn Ostrander discusses the most common mental health issues among seniors, which are depression and dementia. Although these illnesses of the brain are distinct from each other, they share some symptoms. Dr. Ostrander provides an overview of each of these illnesses, including their known causes, symptoms and treatment options.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander, MD, Senior Medical Director
Benefits of Light, WTPL, February 27, 2014

In this informative radio show, Dr. Robyn Ostrander sheds some light on "light". While the health and wellness benefits of natural light may seem obvious, we have not in recent years put a great deal of attention to incorporating this sensory input into our indoor environments. Dr. Ostrander discusses some of the data and research on "daylighting" - the process planners and architects use to maximize natural light in indoor spaces - and explains how this type of change in lighting can affect our mental and emotional health. 

Dr. Rob Simpson
Increasing Awareness of Mental Health Needs, WTPL, February 20, 2014

How can we ensure that everyone who needs mental health care has access to the appropriate services and care? Dr. Rob Simpson maintains that increasing public awareness and education surrounding mental health and addiction will help break the stigmas associated with the diseases and get more people talking about the issues. In so doing, policymakers will be urged to address the issues through reforming the health care system and increasing access to services and treatment. In this insightful and informative podcast, Dr. Simpson also provides an overview of mental illnesses and the effects they have on the individual, family and society. He also highlights the need for more resources in the prevention and treatment of children's mental illnesses, including those which fall into broader strategies such as early childhood education, poverty reduction and education reform.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Consequences of Underage Drinking, WTPL, February 6, 2014

Dr. Ostrander and Dr. Simpson, experts in the field of mental health and addiction care, discuss the consequences of underage drinking. With radio host Peter St. James, Dr. Simpson and Dr. Ostrander explain how alcohol consumption in adolescence and young adulthood can slow down cerebral cortex and central nervous system processes and damage the brain's frontal lobes that are important for planning, forming ideas, making decisions and using self-control.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Transformational Leadership, WTPL, January 30, 2014

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander provide listeners with an overview of the leadership development program at the Brattleboro Retreat, why this program is important in today's health care environment, and the achieved outcomes from implementing the program at all levels of the organization. 

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Mental Health Care and the Affordable Care Act, WTPL, January 2, 2014

In this short podcast, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander share useful information and resources for those looking to learn more about mental health care under the new Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Treatment for Opioid Addiction, WTPL, November 21, 2013

Opioid addiction is a chronic, debilitating condition in which the brain becomes permanently altered. However, new medication-assisted treatments and older psychological and social therapies are offering hope and healing to individuals with opioid addiction. In this highly educational radio show, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss these various treatment options, including buprenorphine and methadone, as well as therapies and supports. 

Dr. Robyn Ostrander, MD, Senior Medical Director
Prescription Drug Abuse, WTPL, November 7, 2013

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Dr. Robyn Ostrander shares statistics on the extent of this problem in the U.S. and explains some of the current efforts being made to stop the epidemic.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Study on Adverse Childhood Experiences, WTPL, October 31, 2013

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest studies ever conducted to explore associations between maltreatment in childhood and health and wellbeing later in life. Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander provide a thorough overview of this study and discuss some of its key findings related to mental illness and addiction.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
FAQs about Insomnia, WTPL, October 17, 2013

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander answer several frequently asked questions about insomnia. What is chronic insomnia? How common is it? What are some of the most common underlying causes of insomnia? What is the difference between insomnia and sleep apnea? What can you do to treat it?

Dr. Robyn Ostrander, MD, Senior Medical Director
Patient-centered Care, WTPL, September 12, 2013

What is patient-centered care? What does it mean for providers? How will it affect the patient experience? In this short podcast, Dr. Robyn Ostrander answers these important questions about the new model of care involving patients and their families.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Food Security, Health and Education, WTPL, September 5, 2013

In this short podcast, Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson discuss the evidence-based linkages between food insecurity and mental health. Citing the latest statistics and research, they present a solid case for how school and summer food programs are effective in addressing the mental health needs of children and adolescents and improving educational outcomes. 

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Recovery from Concussions, WTPL, August 15, 2013

Get important information to help keep your children healthy as they return to school and resume sports and other school activities. Listen to this short podcast with Dr. Rob Simpson to get the facts about concussions and other brain injuries, including signs and symptoms as well as the prevention and treatment.

Treating Individuals with Mental Illness in the U.S. Health Care System, WTPL, August 8, 2013

What obstacles do people living with a serious mental illness often face when attempting to get the medical care they need? What changes need to be made in the health care system to eliminate these barriers? Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander skillfully answer these questions and present a sound case for why equal access to health care is important for Americans. 

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Alcohol Consumption, WTPL, July 25, 2013

Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson discuss the U.S. Department of Agriculture's dietary guidelines related to alcohol consumption. In this radio show with Peter St. James, they also discuss the effects of alcohol on the developing brain during pregnancy.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Risky Substance Use and Substance Addiction, WTPL, July 18, 2013

What is risky substance use? How is it different from substance addiction? How effective is the American health care system in the diagnosis and treatment of substance addiction? Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson answer these questions and more in this very informative podcast.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander, MD, Senior Medical Director
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, WTPL, July 11, 2013

Related to the June 28, 2013 podcast on compulsive hoarding, Dr. Robyn Ostrander discusses the symptoms and the short and long-term consequences of obsessive-compulsive disorder. She also provides an overview of treatment options for the disorder.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Compulsive Hoarding, WTPL, June 27, 2013

Hoarding, also called compulsive hoarding and compulsive hoarding syndrome, can limit a person's ability to accomplish daily activities and live responsibly. Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson discuss the prevalence of this psychological disorder, its symptoms and available treatment options.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Aggression Among Siblings, WTPL, June 20, 2013

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss the findings of a new study from researchers at the University of New Hampshire that finds sibling aggression is associated with poor mental health in children and adolescents. In addition, Dr. Ostrander and Dr. Simpson discuss the importance of teaching young people conflict resolution skills that can be used at home or in other parts of their lives.

Dr. Rob Simpson, President & CEO
Debunking Myths About Only Children, WTPL, June 13, 2013

In this short podcast, Dr. Rob Simpson reflects on commonly held myths about personality characteristics of only children and discusses how these myths square up to reality.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Stress and the Body, WTPL, June 6, 2013

What happens to your body when you're under stress? How can chronic stress affect your body? What are some things you can do to relieve stress in your life? Get answers to these questions and more in this informative podcast with Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Keeping Secrets, WTPL, May 30, 2013

Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson discuss the dangers and pitfalls of keeping secrets and how these can affect relationships and one's own mental health.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
FAQs about Depression, WTPL, May 16, 2013

What is depression? What are the symptoms? How common is depression among adult men and women? What are the treatment options? Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander answer these questions and more in this very informative podcast on depression.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
The Danger of Bath Salts, WTPL, May 9, 2013

"Bliss," “Vanilla Sky," "Ivory Wave," and "Purple Wave" are among the many street names of synthetic drugs known as “bath salts,” which have spurred a growing number of calls to poison control centers across the United States. In an effort to educate the public about this public health crisis, Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson discuss the immediate dangers of using these drugs as well as the drug’s expected long-term effects on one’s mind and body.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
The Teenage Brain, WTPL, April 25, 2013

What can explain the behavior of teenagers? Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson have the answer – brain development! Learn how a teenager’s prefrontal cortex of the brain is different than that of an adult’s in this very short "On the Radio" audio podcast.

Dr. Rob Simpson
The Consequences of Negative Emotions, WTPL, April 18, 2013

In this short radio podcast with WTPL host Peter St. James, Dr. Rob Simpson explains how your response to difficult, anxiety-provoking situations or events can predict your mental and physical health down the road.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Children, Obesity and Screen Time, WTPL, April 11, 2013

In this 6-minute podcast, Peter St. James from WTPL and the Brattleboro Retreat’s Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson discuss the connection between a child’s health and the time they spend in front of screens. Dr. Ostrander also provides an overview of a recent study released in the Journal of Pediatrics that shows a child’s media use, including the type of media, may be linked to their body weight.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Part III: Prevention. WTPL, April 4, 2013

Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson continue the conversation on Alzheimer’s and dementia but this time with a focus on prevention. They share the keys to brain health – essential information for people of every age.  

Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Part II, WTPL, March 28, 2013

Dr. Robyn Ostrander continues the conversation with Peter St. James about providing care and support to a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. She explains the various kinds of dementia, provides an overview of testing and diagnosis of the disease, and offers practical tips and suggestions to caregivers.  

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Alzheimer’s and Dementia, WTPL, March 21, 2013

In this short audio clip, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss some of the many challenges to providing care and support to a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Consequences of Child Abuse & Neglect, WTPL, March 7, 2013

The Brattleboro Retreat's Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander raise important issues related to child abuse and neglect; in particular the devastating short-term and long-term consequences for the victim, victim’s family, and society as a whole.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Childhood Obesity, WTPL, March 7, 2013

Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson discuss the obesity epidemic among youth and offer some ideas about how one might begin dialogue with a spouse, partner or other adult family member to address this important issue.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
FAQs about Phobias, WTPL, February 28, 2013

What are phobias? How can phobias affect a person’s life? Are there treatment options? Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander answer these questions and more in this 11 minute clip from an interview with WTPL radio host Peter St. James.

A Parent’s Level of Involvement, WTPL, February 21, 2013

Dr. Rob Simpson talks with WTPL's Peter St. James about the ways in which the type and level of parenting can influence a child’s life. They also discuss some interesting statistics about Millennials, the demographic cohort that ranges in age between 18 to 33, and speculate on how the Millennials’ upbringings might be shaping their experiences in young adulthood.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Taking Care of Your Mental Health, WTPL, Feb. 14, 2013

Each Valentine’s Day we let our loved ones know just how much we care about them. But we can’t forget about giving ourselves care and compassion too. In this short podcast, Dr. Robyn Ostrander, Dr. Rob Simpson and Peter St. James review and discuss Clarkson University Counseling Center’s top 10 ways to care for your mental health.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Problem Solving with Kids, WTPL, Feb. 7, 2013

In this podcast, learn new strategies to address kids’ behavioral challenges in ways that are compassionate and effective. Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson walks us through the core tenants of Dr. Ross Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving approach based on the notion that kids do well when they can.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Talking to Youth, WTPL, Jan. 24, 2013

What are some of the common warning signs that a young person may be struggling with mental health or addiction challenges? How can an adult best talk to a young person who may be struggling? Dr. Robyn Ostrander answers these questions and provides useful tips and resources for talking to youth about what’s going on in their lives.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Importance of Early Intervention, WTPL, Jan. 23, 2013

Dr. Robyn Ostrander discusses improved early intervention services in schools and the ways in which these services can benefit youth with mental health challenges.   

Dr. Rob Simpson
Link Between Father’s Mental Health and Children’s Mental Health, WTPL, January 17, 2013

Dr. Rob Simpson explains the results of a Norwegian study that has found an association between mental health problems of expectant fathers and children’s behavioral and emotional problems at age 3. Dr. Simpson also discusses what this study means for children, families and health care providers.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Breaking The Stigma, WTPL, Jan. 10, 2013

In this podcast, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander present a strong case for why mental health awareness and early identification and treatment of mental illness are necessary for creating safer communities. They argue that in order to effectively incorporate mental health into the equation, we must all do our part in breaking the stigma associated with mental illness.  

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Conversations With Your Children, WTPL, January 3, 2013

In this insightful podcast, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss the importance of having open and honest conversations with your children about their mental and emotional well-being. They also share helpful strategies for starting these seemingly difficult conversations.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
The Effect of Media Violence on Children, WTPL, Dec. 27, 2012

This week Dr. Robyn Ostrander and Dr. Rob Simpson have chosen to weigh in on a popular topic in U.S. culture—the risk of violent and aggressive behavior in children who are exposed to media violence. They answer questions the following questions:  How is children’s exposure to media violence viewed in today’s society? What evidence do we have that violent video games make people more aggressive? What other factors can contribute to violent or aggressive behavior in children?

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
The Current State of Mental Health Care in the U.S., WTPL, Dec. 20, 2012

Following the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander talk about what we as a nation need to do to effectively address mental health and give the required resources to the prevention and treatment of mental illness.   

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
How the Brain Works When Making Decisions, WTPL, Dec.13, 2012

In this fascinating discussion about the brain, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander explain why peoples’ emotions, not objective assessments, tend to drive quick decisions. They also share ideas about what we can do to improve our decision-making abilities and skills, including the practice of mindfulness meditation. 

Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Health Benefits to Spending Time in Nature, WTPL, Dec. 6, 2012

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors in nature? In what ways do you benefit from being outdoors in your leisure time? In this podcast, Dr. Robyn Ostrander discusses both the immediate and long-term health benefits people often experience as a result of spending time in nature. Dr. Ostrander also talks about the important role the outdoors play in a child’s development.  

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
The Importance of Treating Children with ADHD, WTPL, November 29, 2012

A new study from Sweden finds that people with serious attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are less likely to commit crimes when taking medication. Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss the results of this ADHD study and what they mean for a parent who has a child exhibiting symptoms of ADHD. Dr. Ostrander also answers frequently asked questions about ADHD.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Effects of Marijuana on the Teenage Brain, WTPL, Nov. 15, 2012

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss the results of a new study that show teenagers are more susceptible than adults to marijuana’s neurological effects. They explain how the study was conducted, the significance of the results and what this means for young people’s educational and professional pursuits.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Mental & Emotional Preparation for Natural Disasters, WTPL, Nov. 8, 2012

How can you prepare yourself mentally to cope with the aftermath of a natural disaster? What role can community play in recovering from natural disasters? Dr. Robyn Ostrander of the Brattleboro Retreatr provides answers to these questions and others related to post-super storm Sandy.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander
The Link Between ADHD & Cigarette Smoking, WTPL, Oct, 25, 2012

Dr. Robyn Ostrander of the Brattleboro Retreat discusses the results of a new study examining the association between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cigarette smoking. She also answers frequently asked questions about ADHD. What steps do physicians typically take to diagnose a child with ADHD? What is the ideal age at which a child should be evaluated for ADHD? What are the treatment options?

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Men Seeking Help, WTPL, Oct. 11, 2012

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander talk about mantherapy.org, an ingenious and humorous website for working-age men to get the tools they need to deal with life’s tough situations. Rob and Robyn discuss why this mental health resource is so effective in reaching a population that tends to shy away from seeking help as well as share other approaches used to motivate men to make the changes needed to lead happier, more peaceful lives.    

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Alcohol Use Among U.S. Teens, WTPL, Oct. 4, 2012

How does alcohol affect a teenager’s brain? What can be done to curb drinking and driving? Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander answer these important questions and more and share some ideas about how to talk to a teen about the dangers of alcohol use.   

Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Seasonal Affective Disorder, WTPL, September 27, 2012

Dr. Robyn Ostrander tells listeners what they need to know about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The discussion include its causes, symptoms, and treatment options (including light therapy).

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
The Start of School & Children's Mental Health, WTPL, September 25, 2012

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander explain why children’s mental health problems tend to surface (or resurface) in the fall when school is back in session.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Moral Judgment and the Brain, WTPL, Sept. 20, 2012

Through a discussion about a hypothetical situation, Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander share fascinating facts about how the brain works when faced with a moral decision.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Issues Around Suicide, WTPL, September 13, 2012

Each year in the U.S. there are twice as many suicides as homicides. The Brattleboro Retreat's Dr. Robyn Ostrander discusses this topic and related issues.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Eating Disorders Among Athletes, WTPL, September 6, 2012

The Brattleboro Retreat's Dr. Robyn Ostrander discusses eating disorders among athletes.

Dr. Rob Simpson
Why We Need Other People, WTPL, August 30, 2012

Dr. Rob Simpson talks about the benefits of being in groups versus being alone, and how the use of technology can impact our relationships and communication skills.

The Importance of Empathy in a Child's Development, WTPL, Aug. 16, 2012

On this edition of his weekly WTPL radio show, Dr. Rob Simpson discusses the importance of empathy in a child's development

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Possible Effects of the Full Moon on Mental Health, WTPL, August 2, 2012

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss the possible effects of the full moon on our thoughts and emotions.

Dr. Rob Simpson
On the Shootings in Aurora Colorado, WTPL, July 26, 2012

Dr. Rob Simpson discusses the emotional and psychological impact of the shootings in Aurora, CO, on this July 26, 2012 radio show.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander
When Children Experiment with Alcohol and Other Drugs on WTPL, July 05, 2012

Dr. Robyn Ostrander discusses the dangers children face when they experiment with alcohol and other drugs.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Children and Prescription Opiates on WTPL June 14, 2012

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss the dangers of children using and abusing prescription opiates

Dr. Robyn Ostrander
The Impact of Child Abuse on WTPL, June 7, 2012

Dr. Robyn Ostrander discusses child abuse and the impact it can have on a young person's self esteem and development.

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander
Children and Problem Solving on WTPL May 31, 2012

Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander discuss the importance of children learning how to solve problems.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with Dr. Susan Dixon

Learning about ADHD symptoms and treatment options can be a challenging task, especially when it concerns your own child. This 5-minute podcast serves as a brief, easy to understand introduction to ADHD.  Dr. Susan Dixon discusses the rationale for treatment and provides a summary of current ADHD treatment options.

Dr. Dorothea DeGutis
Dr. Dorothea DeGutis Discusses Adolescent Depression

What are the signs of clinical depression in adolescents? How likely is it that depression will begin in adolescence? Should family members be involved in a teen’s psychotherapy treatment? Dr. Dorothea DeGutis answers these questions and more in this short, 2 ½-minute podcast.

Dr. Paul Boutin on Children and Trauma
Dr. Paul Boutin on Children and Trauma

Child psychiatrist Dr. Paul Boutin discusses Children and Trauma. What are some of the best approaches for helping a child who has experienced a significant life trauma? What tools can you use when communicating or working with children affected by trauma. What's it like for a child who has experienced trauma?

Dr. Robyn Ostrander discusses children with anxiety disorders
Children and Anxiety

Many children display abnormal behaviors, but very few of these behaviors are symptoms of an anxiety disorder. In this podcast, Dr. Ostrander shares strategies that a parent, caregiver or educator can use to help ease a child’s anxiety.

The Brattleboro Retreat is proud to offer visitors to our website a variety of informational podcasts on mental health and addiction issues that touch all of our lives.

  • Use the player (above) to hear Dr. Rob Simpson and Dr. Robyn Ostrander's weekely radio show on mental health and addiction with Peter St. James of WTPL (Click the "On the Radio" tab). You can also tune in to listen to these shows on the following radio stations:

    Saturday 8:30 am – WTPL 107.7-FM Manchester/Concord, NH

    Saturday 8:30 am – WTSL 94.3-FM Lebanon, NH

    Saturday 8:30 am – WTSL 1400-AM Lebanon, NH

    Saturday 8:30 am – WTSV 1230-AM Claremont, NH

    Saturday 8:30 am – WSNO 1450-AM Barre/Montpelier, VT

    Sunday 8:30 am – WTPL 107.7-FM Manchester/Concord, NH

    Sunday 8:30 am – WTSL 94.3-FM Lebanon, NH

    Sunday 8:30 am – WTSL 1400-AM Lebanon, NH

    Sunday 8:30 am – WTSV 1230-AM Claremont, NH

  • Or, click on the "Podcasts" tab for a number of educational talks given by child and adolescent psychiatrists from the Brattleboro Retreat during community events associated with the 2011 and 2012 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. They cover a range of issues including children and trauma, teen depression, ADHD, and anxiety disorders in children.