“New $4 million behavioral health unit at Easton Hospital to fill a gap”

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This June 15, 2015 article on the LehighvalleyLive website talks about a new psychiatric unit being opened in Easton that hopes to fill a void by providing better access to emergency mental health care to the area

“Pitt joins medication study”

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This February 3, 2015 article on the Pittsburgh Business Times website talks about a medication study being done in the Pittsburgh area involving

 

Pittsburgh Point Park from top of Duquesne Incline

Pittsburgh Point Park from top of Duquesne Incline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

personalized medicine.

“Food stamp cuts to affect 3 million in Pa. and N.J.”

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This article on the Philly.com website talks about the cut to food stamps that will be felt by every recipient in the country.

“Here’s why voter ID will be requested, not required, in November elections: PennLive letters “

Nouormand: Êlections au mais d'Octobre 2008, Jèrri

Nouormand: Êlections au mais d’Octobre 2008, Jèrri (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This October 15, 2013 article found on the Patriot-News powered Penn Live website in Central Pennsylvania, explains why voters will be asked for ID at the coming election, but NOT required in most cases to present it.  the long-standing rule about someone who is a first time voter at their assigned polling place will still apply.  Voters who have voted at their assigned polling place before will be asked for id, but NOT required to show it.  The new Voter ID law is still on hold by order of the state Supreme Court. Here’s a link to an August 16, 2013 article that talks about the court ruling on Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law found on the HuffPost website

 

“Lehigh County approves low-income housing grant despite objections from conservatives”

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This August 15, 2013 article found on the LehighValleyLive.com website talks about funding that appears to have been reluctantly approved to improve housing for people with mental illnesses.

“‘Inexplicably Happy’ Column: Mental health”

English: A Psychiatric Service Dog In Training

English: A Psychiatric Service Dog In Training (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This February 18, 2013 article on the LehighValley.com website talks about the issues faced by folks who have Anxiety Disorders.  I face an anxiety disorder every day and felt that this article really summed up what it was like trying to meet new people while contending with anxiety.  I use a Psychiatric Service Dog to help with my anxiety, she alerts me to panic attacks before they get out of control so I can work to head them off before I have a total meltdown.  She also does medication reminders that help me control my anxiety and other mental health issues, since I have a hard time remembering to take my meds having an external cue from my service dog has been a huge help in getting them on time.

Even with the amazing help my Service Dog offers me, I’m always floored when people ask me what she does for me and I simply say “I have an Anxiety disorder and some other mental health issues that she helps me with”  and the person responds with “Everyone gets anxious”  as though telling me the obvious is going to be of help o me.  I know all to well that everyone has anxiety, but what people who don’t have an anxiety disorder don’t seem to realize is that those with an anxiety disorder have extreme anxiety that often impair many facets of life that those without the anxiety disorder often take for granted.  I have a really hard time in checkout lines in stores, because the confined space sends my anxiety through the roof, especially if there is a glitch with the way the register scans (or doesn’t scan) an item correctly and a supervisor has to be called in to correct the problem.  Most people seem to get annoyed at best with this, but for me, I start sweating profusely, my heart rate sky rockets, and it takes everything in me to keep from bolting out of the store because of the overwhelming fear I feel.  I know that the glitch isn’t anything I did, but for me, it’s like my brain hi-jacks me and I literally panic and begin to fear that the store will think I tampered with the item or something to cause it to not scan right.  Not something I’ve ever seen anyone get accused of in a checkout line, but with an anxiety disorder, this is the direction my mind heads and there isn’t a lot I can do about it other than to work with my service dog, take deep breaths, and pray that the situation is cleared up quickly so I can get out of there.

“Lehigh participates in study about ADHD’s affect on college students”

 

The location of the Lehigh Valley area.

The location of the Lehigh Valley area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This September 27, 2012 article on the Lehigh Valley Live website indicates that Lehigh area is involved in a study of ADHD and it’s effect on college students.

 

 

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