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‘Drugged Driving’ Surpasses Drunken Driving

From CNN. To read the full article, click here. ‘Drugged Driving’ Surpasses Drunken Driving Among Drivers Killed in Crashes, Report Finds by Robert Jimison Driving while on drugs was associated with more deaths in 2015 than driving with alcohol in one’s system, a new report found. Still, some safety experts caution that drunken driving remains […]


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Cannabis Youth Treatment Series – 7 Sessions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

SAMHSA: Cannabis Youth Treatment Series, Volume 2 – Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Supplement: 7 Sessions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Cannabis Users America’s number one illicit drug continues to be marijuana. It’s most prevalent with young adults between 18 and 25. SAMHSA addresses cannabis use among young adults with this 7-session […]


Movie Review: The Crash Reel

The Crash Reel is a deeply moving feature length documentary about traumatic brain injury (TBI). In it, filmmaker Lucy Walker masterfully tells the story of champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and how he and his family’s lives were changed forever after one fateful moment. This film works at many different levels. At first the audience might […]


Movie Review: No Kidding! Me 2!!

No Kidding! Me 2!! is both the title of a film and the non-profit organization behind it dedicated to “stomping the stigma” surrounding mental “dis-ease”. The documentary is the directorial debut of actor Joe Pantoliano, who has appeared in such films and TV series as The Sopranos, The Matrix and Memento. Pantoliano’s goal is to make brain disease “cool […]

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September is Recovery Month!

  Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Monthspreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention […]


A Look at the New DSM-5

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013.  Like the DSM-IV-TR, which it replaced, the DSM-5 provides diagnostic criteria – descriptions and symptoms – for every known mental disorder. It is considered the leading resource for making psychiatric diagnoses and is used […]

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A Psychiatrist’s Opinion about ADHD and Substance Use in Teenagers: First, Do No Harm

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and substance use problems have been gaining more attention in the news and in research over the last 7 months.  At times this attention has to led to controversy instead of clarity. First, here is a summary of the most recent news about ADHD, which has implications for people we […]


DC Department of Health to Launch First City-Wide Youth Synthetic Marijuana Awareness Campaign

The DC Department Health is launching the first large-scale education campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of synthetic marijuana among District youth. Fake weed is an herbal mixture that contains dried, shredded plant material and harmful chemical additives. It is sometimes labeled as “herbal incense” and sold in three-ounce plastic pouches decorated with colorful designs including cartoon characters […]