Suicide, Perfectionism and the New School Year

by Iyad Alkhouri, MD, Assistant Medical Director

In this blog we often write about the escalating suicide rate among young people across America, and for good reason. According to new government data, the suicide rate among girls between the ages of 15 and 19 reached an all-time high in 2015 for the 40-year period beginning in 1975. This is “back-to-school” season throughout […]

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A Day at the Pool Becomes a Night at the Morgue

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Heroin became a widely used drug in the 1960s, it seemed to drop off of the radar for a while, then returned with a vengeance via black tar heroin from Mexico. Today’s nationwide opiate addiction started with heroin then essentially exploded due to pharmaceuticals such as OxyContin, which was approved by the FDA in 1995. […]

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We Should Eat Chocolate, Not Snort It

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

There are certain realities in our world today. Here are two of them: people, especially females, love chocolate and many young people are looking for a new way to get high. So, the obvious thing for an aspiring entrepreneur to do is conflate the two. Coco Loko is a caffeine-laced inhalable chocolate product that promises […]

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Ohio and the Opiate Crisis

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

In this blog, we often write about the issue of opiate addiction throughout our country. Most people know the problem is widespread and quite dire. Unfortunately, it is easy to become inured to statistics. Just as the death of one child places into bold relief the tragedy of a tornado that killed thousands, the story […]

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BED: From Judgment to Compassion

by Camille Williams, MA, LCPC, Eating Disorder Specialist

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most misunderstood, neglected, and judged of the food-related disorders. Most often rather than acknowledging BED as a compulsion, addiction to food and a struggle with being powerless over food, it is denied or blamed on the individual. Eating disorders feed off of judgments because food and body image is […]

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International Efforts to Stamp Out Eating Disorders

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Families are profoundly impacted by an eating disorder. When a daughter moves into the dangerous world of anorexia or bulimia, her parents often feel as though they are all alone in this struggle. Fortunately, as they gain in personal knowledge and reach out, parents soon discover that eating disorders have reached epidemic levels in our […]

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The Troubling Tide of Suicide and Self Harm Among Children

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

We are well aware of the escalating rate of suicide in teenage girls and young women. Today, suicide is the second leading cause of death in female adolescents and college students. However, less known, but equally critical, is the increase in child self-harm and suicide throughout our country. According to a new study, the percentage […]

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Mother’s Day: When It Isn’t Filled With Glue and Glitter

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. For some, this means tea parties, brunches and handmade gifts covered in glue and glitter. For others, the holiday is bittersweet. Those who have lost mothers, are estranged from mothers, or long to be mothers themselves may struggle with complicated and mixed emotions as the day approaches. For […]

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Netflix: How Many Reasons Do You Need?

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

On March 31st of this year, Netflix began streaming a series—13 Reasons Why—in which a teenage girl, Hannah Baker, commits suicide in the first episode. Each of the following one-hour segments showcases a specific student who shamelessly bullied her and ultimately contributed to Hannah’s death. The final episode graphically depicts her suicide: the meticulous planning, […]

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Alcohol Consumption: On The Rise in Older Women

by Megan Wilson, CADC, Addictions Program Coordinator

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. It was established in 1987 by the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to help reduce the stigma of alcoholism. This time is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the problem and the importance of getting treatment for those that need it. This is an important message […]

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