There is no time like the present to evaluate your current food and lifestyle plan. At the end of the year, it is common to reflect back and assess what you have accomplished throughout the year in the nutrition department and what you would like to work on for the coming year. What are you wishing to achieve when it comes to your overall nutritional health? Although you may establish weight loss and health goals for the New Year, will you follow them through? 

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade’s deaths ignite concern over rising suicide rates

Anthony BourdainThe highly-publicized suicidse of fashion designer Kate Spade and television personality Anthony Bourdain have people talking about the subject.

“These are terrible tragedies, for their families and for their fans, and that’s what we have to acknowledge first,” said Joel Young, M.D. a psychiatrist at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak and medical director of the Rochester Center. “But research reveals that talking about suicide doesn’t promote it. It’s far more important to open dialogue and ensure individuals suffering from the symptoms talk openly and honestly about their feelings.”

This is especially important since the deaths brought to light the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent report showing the enormous toll of suicide, a growing problem that claims nearly 45,000 lives a year.

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What’s Eating You? By Beverly Price, CEDRD, C-IAYT

Hello! You have made a commitment to psychotherapy and medication management. What are your thoughts about rounding out your treatment plan with comprehensive nutrition therapy?

In working with individuals who span generations, along with various nutrition concerns, nutrition therapy is pertinent whether you want to focus on your mental health or medical needs.

A Note to Referring Clinicians—What you can expect from Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine

We appreciate the many referrals we receive from our primary care and other non-psychiatric colleagues in the community.  RCBM thought it might be helpful to outline our protocol for diagnosing and managing new patients.

RCBM’s Updated Policy Regarding Controlled Substance Prescriptions

Thank you for entrusting us with your mental health care. In order to provide you with the best and safest care, the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine has modified our protocol for the prescription of controlled substances.

Opiates and Their Path of Destruction

OpioidAccording to the Centers for Disease Control, 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Millions of lives are affected by opioid abuse, including the individuals struggling with the abuse and those who love them and want to help.

In the past, physicians have been graded on the level of service they provide to patients. Until recently, one of the major criteria for patient care has been how well they control pain. The lack of available options for chronic pain control has helped contribute to the current crisis. Consequently, the healthcare community has had to shift its focus from keeping patients pain-free to getting and keeping patients off opiate painkillers. This creates another sort of epidemic; leaving millions of people with no other options for pain relief, and the choice of illegally acquiring their current supply, or facing the potential for a painful detox and withdrawal.

RCBM’s Stance on Guns and Mental Illness

Gun control has been a heated and divisive topic for our nation, but RCBM's views on this subject are unwavering.  We believe that it is an unnecessary risk for individuals with mental illness to have access to guns.  

Mandated Reporters

Mandated reporters are individuals who are required by law to report suspicion of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of children and vulnerable adults.

How Barriers to Care Create Treatment Challenges for Troubled Children and Their Families

The path to a healthy relationship with your child, and getting support from loves ones can be even harder. Well-meaning friends and family might tell you to stage an intervention, find a therapist, or commit your child, thinking these strategies will miraculously fix the problem. The United States annually spends $113 billion on mental health treatment, but barriers to treatment – including flaws in the treatment itself – can mean that the people who need mental health care the most may never get it.


Talking to Younger Children About a Troubled Adult Child

There is nothing more heartbreaking than a disappointed child. When you have an adult child who is mentally ill, violent, or struggling with substance abuse, you may find yourself caring for your grandchildren or struggling to explain the problem to a younger child. Emotions can run high during these conversations. Some parents find themselves bouncing between a desire to rant about a troubled child and a desire to protect a young child from knowledge about their parent or sibling's troubled behavior. Consequently, it's important to never have these conversations when you're feeling angry, emotional, or otherwise vulnerable, and to carefully consider what you're going to say.