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March 2, 2017

By Chris Aiken, M.D. | Feb. 06, 2017 “You seem like you’re walking on eggshells,” our family therapist told me with a wise nod. The image of cracked eggs under my bare feet was strangely comforting compared to what our family was really going through. We were living with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. Psychiatrists more »

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Depression top cause of disability, strikes young and old

By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters February 23, 2017 GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 4 percent of the world’s population lives with depression, and women, youth and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. An estimated 322 million people suffered depressive disorders in 2015, a rise of 18.4 more »

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One step forward for the mentally ill in Virginia

March 1, 2017

February 2, 2017 | By Editorial Board | The Washington Post IT WAS a measure of the dysfunction in Virginia’s tattered services for mentally ill people that Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), even while facing a projected budget deficit that prompted him to propose an array of spending cuts, singled out mental-health care as the one major more »

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Virginia Lawmakers Pledge to Pass Mental Health Reform

February 6, 2017

Jan 18, 2017 | Alana Austin Virginia lawmakers are considering broad reaching — and a few possibly expensive steps — to improve emergency access to mental health resources across Virginia. Few argue the need but the issue is balancing that with costs. Much of the discussion for reform of care in jails and prisons began with more »

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