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 […]

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Although ‘awareness’ is important, so is inclusion, acceptance, understanding, respect, and advocacy. What is Autism? Autism (or Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder. It presents with a range of impairments in social relatedness and communication. These are accompanied by restricted interests and repetitive mannerisms. We identify signs of […]

‘Different thinking is where progress and invention and discoveries lie.’ –Dr. Temple Grandin April is Autism Awareness Month, an opportunity to celebrate the infinite prism that is the mind. By embedding a culture of Patient and Family-Centered Care at the UVM Medical Center, we now have the privilege of connecting with individuals who are generously […]

Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression. It’s the leading cause of disability and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. Yet treatment for depression can be limited by effectiveness, cost, availability and side effects. Now, a new clinical trial done at the University of Vermont shows […]

By Jonathan Jaffrey, Sr. VP and Chief Population Health Officer. University of Wisconsin Health Last month, eight health professionals from Wisconsin visited to Burlington to see the Hub-and-Spoke model for opioid addiction. Vermont has made impressive strides in addressing the opioid addiction crisis by increasing the number of medical providers who offer medication assisted treatment (MAT) to […]

A new law in Vermont allows youth to consent for outpatient mental health treatment without parental involvement. Find out more about the new law and what it means from David Rettew, MD, child psychiatrist at the UVM Medical Center. Watch the video or read the transcript that follows. WCAX: Welcome back, everyone, mental health continues […]

Should children take medication to help them sleep? David Rettew, MD, child psychiatrist at the UVM Children’s Hospital, answered that question and more for WCAX-TV. What follows is a transcript of that interview. Interviewer: Well, we all certainly need our sleep and that’s especially true for kids and their developing bodies and minds. So, should […]