Attention to angry faces predicts depression, 

study shows


When people are depressed, the sky seems darker, the mountains seem taller and the world seems bleaker. 


Hydration promotes happiness, health and 



During summertime, the air smells like sunscreen. The sky is vibrant and bright until long after dinner.




Summer activities for kids nurture cognitive and academic growth


School is out for summer, meaning that many children who have learned a daily routine will have three full months of down time.

Featured family review: Helen and David


Over the course of a few years, parents Helen and David managed their daughter Aubrey and her psychological challenges with heavy resistance. The household endured a list of escalating behavioral issues from their growing adolescent, including an exposure to drugs and a resulting addiction. However, the last straw came in the form of a suicide attempt. Their child needed a professional level of support. After discovering Sovereign Health's adolescent facility online, the family trekked from the northern reaches of Idaho to the sunny, southern coast of California.


Another challenge that faced Aubrey's parents was a jaded dissatisfaction as a result of their previous experience with therapy and other mental health scenarios. Helen and David agreed that they were hopeful, but also fearful that Sovereign's system would not be enough to bring their daughter back from such a bad place. But as each member met with the admissions team, the family's worries began to melt in the warmth of Rancho San Diego's embracing atmosphere.


Overall, staff members respected the parents' expectations all throughout the treatment process and improved the conversation between them and their child. Most of all, the specialized adolescent program at Sovereign Health showed a significant impact on the life in need of the most help: Aubrey's.


Inflaming the drive for suicide: Analysis reveals link between suicide, inflammation


One American dies from suicide every 12.8 minutes, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. There is consensus that if we could better predict who was at risk for suicide, then we could more effectively intervene to reduce this terrible burden on individuals, families and public health. 



Many doctors misunderstand key facets of opioid abuse, study shows


Many primary care physicians -- the top prescribers of prescription pain pills in the United States -- don't understand basic facts about how people may abuse the drugs or how addictive different formulations of the medications can be, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.



How 'The Neurogenesis Diet' can help prevent 

the summer brain drain


For many people, summer means beach trips, vacations, camping and warm weather. For children, teens and college students, summertime is associated with freedom from school, as well as positive vibes and emotions. The last day of school is a day of celebration for most. The famous song, "School's Out" by Alice Cooper illustrates this excitement: "No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks; out for summer, out 'til fall, we might not come back at all."


Summer can also be a time when certain mental health issues need to be tended to even more than usual. During the summer, kids no longer have a structured daily regimen, which can cause even more anxiety and depression, not to mention the intense burden this can bring to the parents. 



Staff Highlight: Jamie Deans

Senior Director of Strategic Development, 
Sovereign Health Group.


Jamie Deans is the senior director of strategic development for the Sovereign Health Group. Mr. Deans is responsible for overseeing facility development, corporate communications and new business initiatives. A graduate of the Wharton School at  t he University of Pennsylvania, Jamie earned degrees in  Marketing  a nd American Civilization. Mr. Deans began his career in journalism as an editor and producer for A BC World News Tonight, 20/20 and Dateline NBC. He received Em my, Genesis and  American Women in Radio & Television awards for his prestigious work. In 2005, Jamie turned his efforts to the behavioral health field. After spending time as director of communications at Talbott Recovery Campus in Atlanta, Jamie served as a founder and executive director of the Professionals Treatment Program at Promises, a recovery center for professionals overcoming drug dependencies. Jamie is excited to help patients and their families build new foundations in their pursuit of recovery. 

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