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A bipartisan committee of Washington legislators recently sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee with recommendations on how to improve the state’s beleaguered mental health care system. The Select Committee on Quality in State Hospitals, comprising eight members, outlined several problems faced by two state hospitals in Washington, including: Discharge delays Long waiting time for […]

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Disease, dementia, problems getting around: These are things associated with aging. But problem drinking? Isn’t that a problem of younger people? No. As the National Institute on Aging warns, anyone at any age can have a problem with alcohol. Alarmingly, a new study from the University of Georgia at Athens (UGA) has found that older […]

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On Jan. 9, 2017, the El Cajon district attorney’s (DA) office announced that the officer who fatally shot Alfred Okwera Olango on Sept. 27, 2016, ­ an unarmed African-American man described by family as mentally ill, was justified and won’t face criminal charges. This came after Olango’s sister called the police to protect her “mentally […]

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) published a report titled “Out-of-Network, Out-of-Pocket, Out-of-Options: The Unfulfilled Promise of Parity.” This report refutes the promises of 2008’s Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAE) that, purportedly, made it law that benefits for mental health should be equal to benefits for physical illnesses, including surgeries. According […]

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It’s that time of year again: it is almost New Year’s Eve. After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, all anyone really needs to focus on usually is finding out what to do on New Year’s Eve and to sit down with a pen and paper and plan their New Year’s resolutions. Many […]

Coping depression during pregnancy
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Depression is a common experience during pregnancy, affecting between 14 and 23 percent of pregnant women, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Although there has been a growing awareness regarding women’s vulnerability to postpartum depression in the weeks following delivery, it is often surprising for new mothers or pregnant women to hear […]

debunk myths about depression

  While the holiday season is known for bringing joy and good tidings, it can also serve as a tidal wave of triggers for those coping with mental illness. At any moment in the United States, approximately 6.7 percent of adults struggle with severe depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Despite […]

smog in environment harming brains
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Air pollution has been proven to cause lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets regulations and standards to reduce PM2.5 – the specific type of air pollutants that are detrimental to human health. PM2.5 stands for particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter – smaller than 100 […]

eating disorder that complicates diabetes
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Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose (blood sugar) in the bloodstream and helps the body store excess blood sugar for energy. Normal insulin production allows blood sugar to enter tissues and be used as energy; without it, glucose builds up in the bloodstream because it cannot enter […]

Workaholics’ problems
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It might be the one truly acceptable addiction. In the workplace, an alcoholic’s the one with a problem. They show up late, they look disheveled, there are rumors about their breath, about bottles found in the restroom trash, about behaviors at an office party. A workaholic? They might not be fun to be around, but […]