Most of us have vivid memories, and often personal stories, of recent tragedies that have affected us or our nearby communities: Tropical Storm Sandy, the Newtown shooting, the Boston Marathon Tragedy, a hurricane named Irene and now the typhoon in the Philippines.
In the aftermath of these very public disasters, we often hear “good news” clips: the community comes together; a lost dog is found; the little guy reaches out to help his neighbors who are grateful and in turn help someone else.
In this insightful interview with Gay Maxwell, Kevin Gallagher, MS, LCMHC, NCC, explains how a teenage brain functions and the connections between brain function and behavior. Kevin also discusses the challenges teens face growing up in today's world versus the world in which their parents grew up.
Nutrition is an important part of recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, as substances drain essential nutrients and make it difficult for the brain to resume healthier functioning. The treatment of mental illness also requires the same attention because the roots of some conditions are bound up in poor nutrition.
During the holidays, many of us draw close to family and friends. Like pioneer days, when the wagons would circle to protect from outsiders, this is a natural reaction to wanting to be close and protective of those we love.
Now that a new year has begun, let us broaden our horizons to others. One of this country’s founding principles is that America is a melting pot, a rich blend of cultural traditions from all over the world.
Emerging adults, ages 18-29, face distinct developmental tasks that will lay the foundation of a healthy adulthood. Jennifer Tanner, PhD, discusses this newly identified developmental stage, its characteristics and why developmental psychologists see this as a critical period in life. A developmentalist and Vice-Chair of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Dr. Tanner offers insight into how this knowledge can impact our lives, our families' lives and society as a whole.
Informed by years of experience in the field of addiction treatment, Geoff Kane, MD, MPH, and Kurt White, LADC, LICSW, discuss the changes made in addiction treatment over the last twenty years regarding levels and style of care as well as medication-assisted therapies and the role of family members and friends in a person's treatment and journey to recovery.
Research suggests that up to one in five people suffers from a personality disorder. In this 30 minute taped interview, nationally recognized expert Joseph W. Shannon, Ph.D., outlines the many different types of personality disorders (borderline, dependent, narcissistic, etc) along with their causes and treatments.
Members of the Brattleboro Retreat's clinical staff discuss the hospital's philosophy and approach to treating substance abuse and addiction.
I’m often asked by concerned parents and other individuals who have regular contact with young people: “Is it possible to recognize when a teen, or even a younger child, has a drug or alcohol problem? What should I look for?” The short answer is yes, it is possible; but the longer answer can be much more complicated. That’s because it is not unusual for older people to be completely unaware of a young person’s involvement or dependence on alcohol or other drugs.
As a mental health worker (MHW) at the Brattleboro Retreat, you'll play a crucial role in helping patients get the very most out of their treatment. We are proud of our MHW's for their patience, professionalism, kindness and caring.