Professional Athletes Speak Out About Mental Illness

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Mental illness is extremely prevalent throughout our country. According to estimates by the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 44 million Americans experienced some form of mental illness in 2015, which is the most recent year for available numbers. That’s nearly one in five people aged 18 or over. And yet, by and large, disorders […]

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What Parents Need to Know About Bullying

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Fall is back-to-school season and throughout our country children are hoisting on new backpacks while teenagers are trying to figure out their new class schedules. Although children often lament the end of summer vacation, most students look forward to a new school year for a variety of reasons. It could be rejoining friends, kicking off […]

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The Jewish Community Faces the Opiate Crisis

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

On the surface, an eating disorder and a substance use disorder may look quite different. One involves food while the other involves drugs or alcohol. Yet, they share one commonality that is immutable; no person, culture, ethnicity, socio-economic or educational group is immune from either of these illnesses. The same holds true with religion or […]

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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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