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Finding Refuge in Grief

“It’s OK to not be OK.” For anyone who is grieving a profound loss, those words may be powerful and affirming. They are the foundation of the online community Refuge in Grief, founded by Megan Devine, a Pacific Northwest writer, speaker, and grief advocate. Megan writes: “If your life has exploded into a million little bits, […]

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Each of us can help prevent suicide by raising awareness and learning how to help someone in crisis. Here are two things you can do today: 1) If someone you care about struggles with suicidal thoughts, a simple crisis response plan can help. Encourage your loved one to work […]

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Pharmacogenetic testing now available

As part of our commitment to excellence and innovation, the Center of Excellence in Co-Occurring Medicine now offers pharmacogenetic testing. The DNA collection process is easy and non-invasive; a simple cheek swab provides the genetic material for laboratory testing. At the Center of Excellence, we use pharmacogenetic testing: For patients who would like to determine […]

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ADHD in Children, Adults, and Seniors: A Deeper Look (Part 3 of 3)

Treatment for ADHD Medical Treatments Numerous medications are available to treat ADHD, including antidepressants (especially those in the tricyclic family); stimulants in the methylphenidate and amphetamine family; medications traditionally used to lower blood pressure, such as guanfacine and clonidine; and “Noradrenergic reuptake inhibitors” such as atomoxetine. These medications can be helpful in abating symptoms for […]

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ADHD in Children, Adults, and Seniors: A Deeper Look (Part 2 of 3)

Neurobiology of ADHD and Comorbidities Neurobiological research indicates it is reasonable to consider ADHD as a condition that falls under the “reward deficiency syndrome” (RDS) diagnostic umbrella (Blum et al. 2008), as symptoms of poor concentration stem from the brain’s inability to release sufficient amounts of dopamine (DA) in areas of the frontal lobes and […]