5 Ways to Help Teens Overcome Anxiety

Teenagers today experience anxiety over a number of things: upcoming exams, projects with looming deadlines, peer pressure, relationships with friends and family, and their intense feelings about those things (and more). Low degrees of anxiety are normal and do not cause much distress or interfere with daily routines. Some teenagers, however, experience anxiety levels so strong that it hampers their ability to cope Read More

5 Clues that a Child is Suffering from Neglect, Abuse, or Trafficking

Child abuse and neglect are not confined to one group or category of people. They cover all gender, racial, and socioeconomic boundaries. Such events are also rarely a one-time occurrence: abuse can start as early as infancy and continue until the child is in his or her teens. What is especially tragic is that abused and neglected children don’t always realize that the way they are being treated is abnormal: many of Read More

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The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

Exercise is many things to many people. For some it is a chore. For others it is a passion. Some may exercise to get a beach body for the summer or to get in shape for their favorite sport, while others do it simply to be a little healthier. However, no matter your age, gender, race, or life circumstances, exercise provides much more than the obvious physical health benefits. Consistent exercise provides Read More

Teenage Mental Health & Social Media

Social media has become pervasive in our society. According to some estimates, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many others like them have upwards of 2.3 billion active users. That is nearly one third of the entire world’s population that is tweeting, liking, sharing, posting, and in many cases, obsessing. And an extremely large proportion of those users are comprised of school-age children. Read More

Teen Suicide: The Epidemic Continues to Grow

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new comprehensive statistical analysis of suicide in the United States between the years of 1999 and 2014, and the findings are not positive. Prior to 1999, suicide rates in the United States had been trending downward for years. In the past decade and a half since then, we have seen an increase of 24% in the suicide rate for all Americans Read More

Behavioral Healthcare for Rural Populations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 25% of all adults in the US currently have some form of mental illness, while 50% of all US adults will at some point in their lives develop some form of mental illness—and that’s not even including the prevalence of childhood mental disorders. Our nation is making strides with regard to recognizing the importance of mental healthcare and providing Read More

The Importance of HEDIS in Behavioral Health

In our last blog we discussed the importance of transitioning to value-based care for behavioral healthcare. One of the most important factors in achieving value-based care in any facet of the healthcare system is to hold providers accountable and/or incentivize them for the quality of healthcare outcomes, rather than reimbursing them based on quantity of services (i.e. more tests = more money). However, a large Read More

Value-Based Care In Behavioral Health

However you want to slice it, healthcare at its core is a business, and this fact is one of the biggest barriers in place to reforming the US healthcare system. How does one reconcile a patient’s need for affordable health solutions with a practitioner’s need to maintain a sustainable and profitable practice? Currently, most of our healthcare system functions on a fee-for-service model where the more services are Read More