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Improving Trauma-Informed Care for Women 

Kelly Vickrey is the program director at Sovereign Health of Arizona. She aims for a superlative standard of healing for women as she talks about the technicalities of women's treatment, incorporating the latest trauma care advancements and urging women to break societal and psychological bounds.
Trauma-Informed Care
The first thing we do when a traumatized woman walks into our facility is to restore her sense of safety and stability. Trauma is a constant in all of our patients, whether they are dealing with a substance abuse disorder or a mental illness. We deal with women aged 18 to 65. Among the younger women, there is a very apparent trend of sexual abuse or assault and a consequent self-medication with opiates. In cases of older women, there is usually child sexual abuse involved that was left untreated or repressed in the past

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Focusing on Women's Mental Health Challenges  

In 1851, Charles Dickens paid a visit to London's St. Luke's Hospital for the Insane. Afterwards, he wrote:
"The experience of this asylum did not differ, I found, from that of similar establishments, in proving that insanity is more prevalent among women than among men. Of the 18,759 inmates St. Luke's Hospital has received in the century of its existence, 11,162 have been women."

Lead Poisoning's Harmful Impact on Physical and Mental Health

Flint's drinking water became contaminated with lead in April 2014 after lead leaked from the pipes and fixtures into the city's drinking water. In January 2016, President Obama declared a federal state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, after thousands of children and pregnant women were exposed to dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water.
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Interview: Mental Health, Gun Violence and The Constitution 
Q&A featuring Audrey Smith, J.D., senior legal counsel with the Sovereign Health Group

After the December 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, President Obama told the reporters at his White House press conference he was tired of having to take the podium and discuss yet another senseless massacre. "We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world," said Obama.

We spoke to Audrey Smith, J.D., senior legal counsel for the Sovereign Health Group, about mental health, mass shootings and gun control and what impact more restrictive gun laws and background checks will have on the rights of the individual and on the Constitution.

The Madness of March Drinking Holidays

March Madness, St. Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras, Daylight Savings Time and Easter make for a jam-packed month. With more sunlight to enjoy the outdoors mixed with college basketball tournaments and Irish car bombs, March Madness allows for more time to celebrate with fellow basketball fans and partying Irish
SlideShare: How the News Has Helped and Harmed Mental Health Awareness

The need for accurate information about mental health is more important than ever. While the news evokes chatter about mental health, it can be a double edged sword. Here are some stories on how the news has helped or harmed mental health awareness. Learn more about this topic with this interactive Slideshare.

Sovereign Health Group is excited to unveil its major editorial campaign, the State of Addiction Policy.This series will cover behavioral health topics relating to the United States presidential election and current political landscape. This story comes during a critical shift in American perceptions on addiction and behavioral health. Running for nine months, up until Election Day, our multiplatform coverage will include investigative reporting, educational articles, infographics and interactive elements to both inform and engage with our readership on the issues.

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Research shows that every year, 10-50 percent of women suffer intimate partner violence. These toxic situations in a person's life can result in a myriad of possible mental disorders or related consequences, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and even substance abuse. 
L E T T E R S  T O  T H E  E D I T O R 
We now welcome letters to the editor on any topic in the behavioral health field. Letters cannot be longer than 200 words and should be submitted to news@sovhealth.com. Please list your full name with academic credentials, organization, what your official title is, which department you work in, email address and phone number. Submissions that do not include this information cannot be published. Letters may be edited for space or style and will appear in our external, internal and continuing care newsletters. You will be contacted if your letter is a candidate for publication. We look forward to reading your work. To view an example, please click on: 

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P S Y C H O L O G Y  T O D A Y

If Depression Were an Infection: Studies Show a Strong Link Between Inflammation and Mental Illness
-By Ralph Ryback, M.D.

What if depression were an infection? You feel some of the early symptoms first: for instance, fatigue, loss of interest and sleep disturbances. 


From Baby Boomers to Generation Z: The Generational Gaps and Their Roles in Society
-By Ralph Ryback, M.D.

If you were born in the U.S. after 1946, you are a Baby Boomer; if you were born after 1964, you belong to Generation X; and if you were born after 1980, you are a Millennial.

Helping Patients Who See Their Disorder as a Friend

Psychology Today speaks with Janet Whitney, M.A., LMFT, Program Director for Sovereign Health's eating disorders program in San Clemente.

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