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“Paranoia common after mugging, study says”

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This March 27, 2013 article on the Philly.com website talks about a new study that seems to show that victims of a mugging may be more likely to be fearful and experience some degree of paranoia after they have been attacked even if the attack resulted in only minor injuries..

 

“The effects of stress on your complexion”

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This March 27, 2013 article on the Business2Community website talks not only about the effect stress can have on our skin, but also some things we can do to help improve our complexion by taming stress.

“Kennedy Calling For Equal Coverage Of Mental Health — Yes, Still”

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This March 29, 2013 article on the Common Health and Reform site talks about Former Representative Patrick Kennedy continuing his push for mental health parity.  Despite mental health parity being the law, there are still issues with getting it fully implemented.  The article mentions lawsuits that have been filed because of failed implementing of these policies.

 

“Poor ‘Health Literacy’ Keeps Patients From Taking Meds”

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This March 27, 2013 article found on the Philly.com website talks about the issue of people needing more education about their health to improve their physical and mental health when it comes to treating patients with Diabetes who commonly also are diagnosed with depression that needs to be treated over a long-term to improve their quality of life.

 

“Governor Corbett Extends Home Heating Assistance Program for Low-Income Families”

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This March 22, 2013 article on the LevittownNow website talks about Gov. Corbett’s decision to extend the LIHEAP program.

 

“Depression in kids: Its toll and treatment”

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夕立と太陽 (Photo credit: Ordinary daily life of yoshinokichi)

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This March 21, 2013 article on the EveningSun website talks about depression in kids, not only symptoms, but also the long-term effects of it.

“Kennedy pushes for changes with nation’s mental health care system”

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This March 25, 2013 article on the wzzm website talks about Patrick Kennedy’s push to improve the United States mental health system.  He is speaking in Michigan at this time.

 

“Mentally ill gain new allies in Luzerne County”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This March 22, 2013 article on The Sunday Dispatch website talks about training received by first responders in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. The training certified them as Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and involved learning how to redirect folks who are in a mental health crisis to get help as opposed to arresting them and putting them in jail.  The training involved Mental health professionals, family members, friends, and even Consumers each offering a unique perspective on what may be helpful to someone in a mental health crisis.

“Erie County human services programs could see $2.7M cut”

Map of Erie County, Pa. with Colt's Station marked

Map of Erie County, Pa. with Colt’s Station marked (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This March 23, 2013 article on the GoErie.com website talks about budget cuts and the effect that is expected to be seen in Erie county human service programs.

 

 

 

“Hearing Voices”

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This March 23, 2013 article on the StandardSpeaker.com website talks about training that Luzerne County police underwent.  The training involved wearing headphones and hearing things ranging from critical statements soothing music.   While at the same time they were hearing the voices on the headphones, they were run through a basic roadside sobriety test and given instructions at a fast pace.  The combination of what they were hearing through the headphones and the instructions they were given for the roadside sobriety test confused the officers.  So why did they do this you ask?  Simple to get an idea of what it might be like for someone who is having auditory hallucinations during a seemingly simple stop.

 

If this is the same training session I took awhile back, it is one that I feel everyone who comes in contact with mentally ill folks should take if they are first responders, mental health workers, or anyone in the medical field.  The training really does offer some insight into what it might be like for others.

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