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High Preparedness: Legal or Not, What’s Weed Do to Drivers?

Dr. Godfrey Pearlson Director, Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living Research Director, Institute of Living Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network Whatever the outcome of the current debate on legalizing recreational marijuana in Connecticut, we need to know more about marijuana’s overall effect on the brain and behavior...

Suicide Prevention

Warning Signs of Suicide: How You Can Possibly Save a Life

This column originally appeared in The CT Mirror. By Dr. James O’Dea Vice President, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network In just a matter of days, two survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting and the father of a first-grade girl killed in the Sandy Hook massacre took his own life. With...

Gut Bugs

The Amazing Psychology of Your ‘Gut Bugs’

“Go with your gut” now has some science behind it. New research suggest that the gut microbiome, made up of millions of microorganisms that live in the human digestive system, do more than just digest and absorb nutrients  — they may influence your mood, behavior and preferences. These “gut bugs”...

Dr. Jimmy Choi

How Researchers Can See Psychosis in Someone’s Eyes

The pupil – the dark circle in the center of the eye that flexes in size based on available light – performs a much different role in people with psychosis. “The pupils are a direct link to the brain. They give away what you’re doing, thinking and feeling. It’s a...


BHN’s Prominent Presence at National Council Conference

As the National Council for Behavioral Health held its annual conference in Nashville in late March, a Behavioral Health Network contingent was on hand, with several clinicians presenting research and observation as part of professional sessions throughout the four-day event. “Hartford HealthCare was well-represented at the conference by an enthusiastic...


Mass Shootings, Suicides Create Call for Action

In just a matter of days, two survivors of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting and the father of a first-grade girl killed in the Sandy Hook massacre committed suicide. While the actual shootings occurred more than six years apart, time has little to do with how someone is impacted by...