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Alcohol Use Disorder

These Prescription Drugs Can Help Treat Alcohol Use Disorder

Long before the opioid overdose epidemic hit the news, alcohol-related deaths were taking nearly 90,000 American lives a year. Despite being the third-leading cause of preventable death in the United States – after tobacco and obesity – alcohol use is often overlooked as an opportunity for life-changing intervention. Decreasing or...

Beer Ads

The Wrong Message in Coors Light’s ‘Made to Chill’

Do new beer ads promote risky drinking? Just before the college football games start, two young roommates sit down in their pajamas to breakfast. One closes the shades and the other reaches into his bathrobe and pulls out two beers. Another good-looking guy steps into the shower, the sun streaming...

Marijuana and Driving

Marijuana and Driving: Watch TEDxHartford Talk By IOL’s Pearlson

Dr. Godfrey Pearlson, founding director of the Institute of Living’s Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, participated in a TEDxHartford talk, presenting his current research into the effects of marijuana on driving. You can watch the TedxHartford Talk by clicking here. TEDxHartford — spawned from the innovative TED talks – is an...

How the mind reacts to tragedy.

How the Mind Responds to Endless Bad National News

Two shootings in two days at military bases in Hawaii and Florida barely made the evening news, and these tragedies didn’t result in much water cooler talk, either. Is this the new normal? Not necessarily, according to Dr. Anthony Ng, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network’s East...

Football

Eagles’ Brooks: What It’s Like To Handle Anxiety Like an NFL Pro

Professional athletes are known for their game-day routines, whether its Sidney Crosby’s pregame peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Steph Curry’s shooting warmup or former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher’s habit of consuming Girl Scout cookies before each game. For Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Brandon Brooks, however, game days usually start with...

Marijuana

With IOL’s Pearlson, TEDxHartford Talk to Highlight Marijuana, Driving Research

What do an organizational behaviorist, real estate marketer and anti-trafficking activist have in common with a behavioral health researcher from the Institute of Living (IOL)? For four hours on Tuesday, Dec. 3, the answer is the attention of those attending the TEDxHartford program as they share innovative and inspiring ideas...

The Joker

Here’s the Reality of ‘The Joker’ and Mental Illness, Violence

Arthur Fleck’s life is rife with challenges. In crime-riddled Gotham, he struggles with mental illness that often goes untreated due to his chronic employment issues, he’s mugged and bullied, and he cares for a sickly mother. The protagonist in the latest DC Comics blockbuster “The Joker,” Arthur muddles through until...