Mental Health and Addiction

Deaths from liver disease are surging, and drinking is to blame

[WCCO Radio, July 26, 2018] Deaths from liver disease have risen sharply in the U.S., and doctors say the biggest factor is drinking —especially among young adults. A study published recently found a 65 percent increase in deaths from cirrhosis of the liver since 1999. The biggest increase is among millennials: the team found that […]

Minnetonka High School students mourn death of classmate

[KMSP Fox 9, July 16, 2018] After the Friday shooting death of a Chanhassen teen, his classmates are mourning his death. Allina Health adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Diana Pandey, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, told Fox 9 News kids feeling the loss should be encouraged to talk about what they are feeling.

“Gaming Addiction” now officially classified as an illness

[KARE 11, June 26, 2018] The World Health Organization has officially recognized that video gaming can be addictive. Allina Health psychiatrist and addiction specialist Dr. Roger Laroche, talked with KARE 11 news about why video gaming has been categorized as an 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 children’s 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.