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Hospital of Central Connecticut Counseling Center Opens in Southington

The Hospital of Central Connecticut Counseling Center has begun offering intensive outpatient (IOP) mental health and substance abuse programs at 98 Main Street in Southington. The center, which opened its doors to patients on Monday, May 21, offers programs such as medication assisted treatment, group and individual treatment. Staff includes...


Season 2 of ’13 Reasons Why’ Spotlights Sexual Assault

The Netflix series “13 Reasons  Why” was the subject of conversation and controversy following its March 2017 release. The show captivated a young audience and was quickly criticized by parents, school systems and mental health professionals for its graphic content and subject matter, which included teen suicide, sexual assault, bullying and...


DAWN Protocols are Revolutionizing Stroke Treatment and Care

DAWN is a groundbreaking study that is changing the way doctors are treating people who have had strokes. Dr. Mark Alberts is the physician-in-chief at the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute with details. Q.  What do these protocols mean for stroke patients?  A.  This new study (called the DAWN Trial...

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Hooked on Fortnite Yet? Know Someone Who Is?

Over the last few months, Fortnite, the wildly popular online multiplayer from Epic Games, has made the jump from video game to pop-culture sensation. But there are some who worry about the minds and bodies of Fortnite players. For example, when carpal tunnel syndrome caused Boston Red Sox pitcher David...


Marijuana – A Cure for Addiction or Just a Smokescreen?

Pot vs. pills was the subject of a recent Dr. Sanjay Gupta CNN documentary, on the cover of Time Magazine and the debate is growing in medical circles across the nation. Does this mean that where there is marijuana smoke, there is fire? “I call it the cannabis conundrum,” said...


Cocaine-Opioid Mix Returns: Intoxication Deaths Skyrocket in Connecticut

By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Majeed Natchaug Hospital Psychiatrist For the past several months, I have noticed a disturbing and possibly lethal development in some of my patients — an occasional urine drug screen showing traces of cocaine. Almost all of them admitted using opioids, but many were surprised to find...


Student Projects Contribute to the Fight Against Stigma

Sixteen students and one teacher from schools around Connecticut were honored at the 15th annual BrainDance Awards on April 26, presented by the Institute of Living. The BrainDance Awards encourage high school students to learn about psychiatric conditions and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe...