Why 25? Doctors warn against the negative impact of cannabis use on young adult brains
Cannabis is now decriminalized in Connecticut for people 21 and older. Drs. Deepa Camenga & Deepak (Cyril) D'Souza speak on the risks and implications of recreational cannabis use before the age of 25.Source: Connecticut Public Radio
Yale Doctor Encourages Exposure to Nature for Mental Wellbeing and Healing
Nature is not only beautiful, but it can actually have a healing effect, according to Yale Cancer Center’s Dr. Gary Soffer. “Keep using what kept people well for thousands of years,” he said. “Being outside, being connected to nature, these are really powerful things that allow us to improve ourselves.” He works with patients at Yale New Haven Health’s Smilow Cancer Hospital and encourages them to visit the facility’s healing garden to connect with nature.Source: WTNH
Emergency Department Use by Children and Youth with Mental Health Conditions: A Health Equity Agenda
Michael Hoge, PhD, professor of psychiatry, and Christy Olezeski, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, are first and senior authors, respectively, of a paper in Community Mental Health Journal that analyzes the use of emergency departments in the United States by children and youth.Source: Community Mental Health Journal
Suicide is Preventable. So, How Can We Help Our Teens?
Suicide is preventable, but rates of suicide are increasing worldwide, and it is now the second leading cause of death in adolescents and young adults (unintentional motor vehicle accidents are first). Going to the emergency room may be the smartest thing these teenagers can do.Source: Yale Medicine
May is Mental Health Month: Childhood Makes a Difference
May is Mental Health Month, a time to recognize that all of us should care about our mental health and the mental health of our loved ones. Investing in our children’s well-being and positive mental health is an investment in their healthy futures. Many mental health problems in childhood are related to chronic stress in the form of severe poverty, exposure to violence, living in a home with substance-abusing adults, or other stressful situations. Chronic stress can lead to a host of illnesses early on, but it also increases the risk of physical and mental problems when children grow into adulthood.
Binge drinking and your brain: Raising risk of dependence
The brains of chronically heavy drinkers have twice the capacity of those of light drinkers to consume a chemical that may add to impairment and some other effects of alcohol, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found. This added capacity may also increase the vulnerability to alcohol dependence, according to the study, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Yale Executive MPH student studies cause of 'Swiftie Amnesia'
Although he shared in the excitement of Taylor Swift's The Eras Tour, Executive MPH student Nathan Carroll does not consider himself to be a Swiftie. Still, he searched for an explanation for the post-concert amnesia some of the pop star's fans were reporting on social media.
Climate anxious? Here’s how you can turn apprehension into action
In recent years, the term “climate anxiety” has gone from obscure to familiar, underscoring a growing awareness of how witnessing escalating climate disasters affects our mental health. YSPH Clinical Psychologist Sarah Lowe offers suggestions to help people manage their emotional and cognitive reactions to our rapidly changing environment.Source: The Guardian
Key Medicare payment model fails to improve mental health
A nationwide Medicare program that aims to improve health care and reduce costs by linking health-care reimbursements to health quality and cost outcomes resulted in no improvements in mental health care, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Yale School of Public Health.Source: Washington University School of Medicine