Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult for you to overcome insomnia? What we know about insomnia is that it is pervasive. Ten to twenty percent of people in the United States have chronic insomnia, and there are similar estimates worldwide. Of the millions of people who struggle with sleepless nights, some experience […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Let’s take a moment to consider how to identify someone with a mental health issue. This is especially important because we now have good treatments for many psychiatric problems. The longer one waits to get treatment, the harder it is to get better. First off, mental disorders are common, […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Join David Rettew, MD, for a Facebook Live broadcast on May 15, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the University of Vermont Medical Center Facebook Page.  When I was first asked to write a blog post on how to assess one’s own mental health, I first thought […]

The incidence of autism spectrum disorder jumped about 120 percent in the first decade of this century. A 2016 national survey puts the number at 1 in 45 children from the ages of 3 to 17. Overall it’s estimated about three-and-a-half million Americans live with autism. Listen to an interview with Jeremiah Dickerson, MD, a child […]

At one time or another, most of us have experienced the racing thoughts and fears that come with stress. Here, Beth Robbins, PsyD, shares strategies on how to reduce stress throughout your busy day. Q: It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t experienced periods of stress and anxiety. Do you think it’s worse today, or […]

We are all constantly barraged by studies, especially when it comes to your health, but how can you tell what’s fact and what’s fiction? Dr. David Rettew of the UVM Medical Center is here with some tips. Watch the video or read the transcript below. WCAX: We are constantly barraged by studies, especially when it […]

At what point does shyness become social anxiety disorder, activity become ADHD, or quirkiness become autism? These important questions occupy not only parents trying to do right by their kids, but also mental health professionals who are asked to render opinions about the presence or absence of psychiatric disorders.  When parents bring in their child […]

WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports- Watch the TV segment at the link above, or read the transcript below for information on this topic. WCAX: Welcome back everyone. Some children need medicine to care for their psychiatric disorders, but do all of those kids really need those meds, or are the drugs being over […]

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 […]

WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports- Watch the TV segment at the link above, or read the transcript below for information on this important topic. WCAX: Now it’s time for Peace of Mind with Dr. David Rettew, he’s a child psychiatrist at the UVM Medical Center and also teaches at UVM’s College of Medicine. […]