Mental Health and Addiction

Brain hacks to improve memory

[KARE 11, March 29, 2018] Is a good — or poor — memory something we’re born with? Dr. Jesse Corry, a neurologist at United Hospital’s John Nasseff Neuroscience Specialty Clinic, talked with KARE 11 News to discuss how our birth date can affect our brain and share some “hacks” to improve our memory. For more […]

Allina Health’s “Change to Chill” program helps teens stress less

[KARE 11, March 24, 2018] Today’s teens face all kinds of stress, from school work to peer pressure and parents. Allina Health’s Change to Chill program help’s teens with tools to manage their stress better. Allina Health child and teen psychologist Dr. Brian Kovach talked with KARE 11 News about Change to Chill.

Why are opioids so addictive?

[WCCO-TV, March 6, 2018] The opioid drug problems is epidemic in the U.S. and government and medical leaders are struggling to get it under control. But just why are opioids so addictive? That’s the question that WCCO-TV News put to Allina Health psychiatrist and addiction specialist, Dr. Roger Laroche.

New guidelines recommend annual depression screenings for teens

[KMSP Fox 9, March 2, 2018] The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending teens get annual screening for depression starting at age 12, rather than waiting for a sign that something might be wrong. “It’s long overdue,” said Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal, medical director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychology at Allina […]

CVS bans photo manipulation for store beauty brands

[KARE 11, Jan. 17, 2018] CVS Health Monday said it will ban photo manipulation in its store-brand makeup marketing and promotional displays, a move that acknowledges growing awareness of the harmful nature of touched-up images. Allina Health psychiatrist, Dr. Michael O’Sullivan, talked with KARE 11 News about how unrealistically beautiful touched-up images can affect our […]

Expert: Video game addiction is real

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 9, 2018] Many of us, kids and adults, spend lots of time with our computers and phones playing video games. But can it become an addiction? Allina Health psychiatrist and addiction specialist, Dr. Roger Laroche says it truly can be an addiction and there’s research to back that up.

Life Time Fitness removes cable news from gym TVs

[KARE 11, Jan. 4, 2017] Life Time Fitness is turning off cable news channels on TVs in their fitness centers saying that want to lessen the impact of consistently negative or politically charged content on its patrons. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Michael O’Sullivan says that kind of content can negatively impact some people.

How to deal with addiction, mental illness during the holidays

[KSTP-TV, Dec. 23, 2017] The holidays are a time of joy, but can also be a difficult time for people dealing with addiction or mental illness. Dr. Roger Laroche, an addiction and mental health specialist with Allina Health, says both biological and personal issues during the holiday seasons can impact addiction and mental illness. Laroche […]

Postpartum depression in men

[KARE 11, Nov. 27, 2017] New moms may not be the only ones at risk of getting the “baby blues.” According to a new study out of Sweden, 7-10 percent of new dads report feeling postpartum depression symptoms, too. Tina Welke, a therapist at The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota, stopped […]

Christmas music — love it or hate it

[KARE 11, Nov. 9, 2017] A new study shows that for some of us, Christmas music can be pretty annoying, particularly if you work in retail. KARE 11 talked to Allina Health Clinic psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel about why that is.