Mental Health

12:08am

Tue May 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 11:35 am

In epilepsy, the normal behavior of brain neurons is disturbed. The drug valproic acid appears to help the brain replenish a key chemical, preventing seizures.
David Mack/Science Source

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.

The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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6:46am

Thu May 15, 2014
Health

With Dwindling Mental Health Providers, ERs Fill The Gap

Rosser321 Flickr - Creative Commons

Growing demand for intensive mental-health treatment in the state and a decline in the supply of psychiatric beds have put added pressure on emergency rooms. In cases when patients pose a danger to themselves or others, ERs become the default holding place.

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5:00am

Thu May 15, 2014
Mental Health

Charting The Course For Colorado Mental Health At The Capitol

Senator Linda Newell speaks at the state capitol, date unknown.
senlindanewell.com

Mental health became a top priority for some Colorado lawmakers following the Aurora theater shootings and the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The state made a large investment in mental health services during the 2013 session, but there have been setbacks since.

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6:00am

Wed May 14, 2014
Suicide

Health Research Restricted By Colorado’s Records Laws

The warning sign outside of the vault at the Weld County Health Department, which houses thousands of vital records like death certificates. Even health department officials have to prove a "direct and tangible interest" to enter.
Jackie Fortier KUNC

Mountain west states – including Colorado – have higher suicide rates compared to the rest of the country. In January, Weld County reported 49 suicide deaths in 2013, marking a 10 year high.

Crafting a local suicide prevention campaign can be very difficult though, if you don’t know who is the most at risk.

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5:00am

Wed May 14, 2014
Health

For Those Coping With Mental Illness, Help Is Hard To Find

Danielle Nordeen, right, holds her seven-year-old son's hand in a park near their Grand Junction, Colo., home April 14, 2014. In January, Nordeen's son was sent to a psychiatric ward hundreds of miles from their home, after he lashed out at school.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Danielle Nordeen drives a 16-year-old Toyota Camry that doesn’t handle well on snowy mountain passes. In January, Nordeen had to make the drive from her home in Grand Junction to Pueblo often enough that she developed a strategy: Find a semi with its hazard lights on and follow it closely, prompting the other drivers to direct their wrath toward the trucker rather than her.

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