Mental Health and Addiction

When border crossing detainees are separated from their children

[WCCO Radio, June 19, 2018] News of undocumented immigrants being separated from their children has raised many question, including the impact the separations have on the childrens’ mental health. Allina Health psychologist Dr. Lisa Herman talked with WCCO Radio about how these kids may be affected.

Preventing suicides

[KARE 11, June 19, 2018] News reports revealing big increases in suicide rates and the recent celebrity suicides have focused attention on suicide prevention. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Mirza Baig talked with KARE 11 about how to recognize clues someone may be thinking about suicide and what to do.

Celebrity suicides focus attention on prevention

[WCCO Radio, June 11, 2018] The recent suicides of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, along with study results that show Minnesota has had one of the largest increases in suicides rate has focused attention on suicide prevention. Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Mirza Baig talked with WCCO Radio about what we need to do to […]

Minnesota has high rate of major depression

[WCCO Radio, May 16, 2018] Cases of depression are on the rise – and a new report finds Minnesota has one of the highest rates of major depression in the country! More than 16 million adults in the U.S. have experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year, with more women, Millennials […]

Surgeon general urges more Americans to carry opioid antidote naloxone

[WCCO Radio, April 14, 2018] The U.S. surgeon general has issued an advisory recommending that more Americans carry the opioid overdose-reversing drug, naloxone. The drug, sold under the brand name Narcan (among others), can very quickly restore normal breathing in someone suspected of overdosing on opioids, including heroin and prescription pain medications. Allina Health 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 […]