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 […]

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 […]

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 […]