Bullying. For a long time it was seen as part of growing up, something unpleasant, but ultimately an experience children recover from. Now, new research shows that bullying can actually have long-lasting effects similar to emotional, verbal and physical abuse. This is a big shift in our thinking on bullying. Here are three new ways […]

Today suicide ranks as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. But in Vermont it’s the eighth leading cause of death. In recent years in Vermont, people have died by suicide at a rate more than 35% higher than the national average. With the recent deaths of high profile celebrities like Kate […]

National Suicide Prevention Week occurs this year from September 9-15, including World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. This is an important time to focus attention on what remains a serious public health concern that all too frequently remains hidden. Here are some myths and facts about suicide that are important to remember: MYTH: Suicide […]

Eating disorders are a complex set of psychological illnesses that can lead to significant medical complications. Eating Disorders: 7 to Know Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is only one of seven eating disorders listed in the the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The other eating disorders currently listed include: Bulimia Nervosa Binge […]

Major depression diagnoses are on the rise, especially among adolescents and millennials, according to a new study by Blue Cross Blue Shield that evaluated medical claims data. Dr. Robert Pierattini, chair of Psychiatry at the UVM Medical Center, comments on the study and explains what it means. What did the study examine? Robert Pierattini: This report prepared […]

Alcohol use is part of the American culture and its recreational landscape. Recreational use does not require a secret contact member, or a drive to the vendor in the inner city. It is the universally acceptable way “we enjoy ourselves” at the backyard barbeque, the neighborhood party, and the family celebration. Non-drinkers must courageously exclude […]