Mental Health and Addiction

Empowering adults to help teens ‘Change to Chill’

[Quad Community Press, November 5, 2019] The percentage of ninth grade students who reported that they had mental health concerns lasting six months or more increased from 12.5% in 2013 to 17.3% in 2016 and 23.1% in 2019. The percentage of 11th graders who said they seriously considered suicide in the past year increased from […]

When antidepressants fail

When antidepressants fail

[Healthline, November 11, 2019] At 43 years old, Sara has been dealing with depression for two decades. Over the years, she told Healthline she’s been prescribed many different medications. None of them have ever worked for her. “It’s been a roller coaster of medication adjustments and medication changes and medication combinations and medication attempts. It’s […]

Minnesotans spend nearly $3K a year because of FOMO

[KARE 11, Nov. 4, 2019] Fear of missing out, also known as FOMO, is costing Americans thousands of dollars every year, according to a recent survey. Couponing101.com surveyed 3,500 Americans to find out how much people are spending to avoid FOMO. Minnesotans admitted to spending $237 per month, totaling $2,853 per year, in order to […]

What is anxiety?

[WCCO-TV, Oct. 22, 2019] About 50 million American adults experienced some sort of mental illness last year. Anxiety disorders were the most common kind. So, what is anxiety? Good Question. “It’s more than just worrying. It affects every aspect of your health,” said Allina Health psychiatrist Dr. Mirza Baig. “Anxiety is really kind of like […]

Minnesota students report increased mental health issues

[KARE 11, Oct. 17, 2019] The Minnesota Student Survey is out and it shows something troubling. Our kids are telling us, in this survey, that many of them are struggling with mental health issues. In fact it says more Minnesota students than ever report having long-term mental health, behavioral or emotional problems. Allina Health child […]

New guidelines for attention deficit disorder

[KARE 11, Oct. 9, 2019] One in 10 children in the U.S. suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. For many, the first line of treatment is medication. The American Academy of Pediatrics just issued new guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD for the first time since 2011. Allina Health child psychiatrist […]

How difficult is it to forgive?

[KARE 11, Oct. 4, 2019] After Amber Guyger, the former Dallas cop convicted of killed her upstairs neighbor, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, victim impact statements took place in the courtroom. Botham Jean’s brother Brandt went first, speaking about his brother. “If you truly are sorry, I know I can speak for myself, […]

Hennepin County attorney statement on Narcan alarms overdose-prevention advocates

Hennepin County attorney statement on Narcan alarms overdose-prevention advocates

[MPR, Sept. 20, 2019] A statement posted Thursday night on the Hennepin County attorney’s website sparked outrage in the overdose prevention and drug recovery communities. Advocates and physicians say the prosecutor’s office mischaracterized the anti-overdose medication Narcan, and that the agency’s words could cause people to fear the life-saving medication. Dr. Katherine Katzung, who chairs […]

Dealing with back-to-school anxiety

[WCCO-TV, August 20, 2019] The kids will be heading back to school soon and for some youngsters — and parents — that can cause anxiety. It’s not uncommon, but when it lasts too long Allina Health child psychiatrist Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal says it may be time to seek professional help.

Study: Violent video games increased risky behavior

[WCCO Radio, June 8, 2019] A new study found that violent video games increased risky behavior around real firearms in children. Allina Health psychologist David Nathan, PsyD LP, talked with WCCO Radio about the study and how much faith to put in it.