Stories about mental health


New schizophrenia treatment, pioneered in Maine, shows promise through early intervention

By Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post on Aug. 07, 2014, at 9:54 p.m.
EUGENE, Oregon — The first time Jeremy Clark met his 18-year-old client, the teenager was sitting in his vice principal’s office, the drawstrings of his black hoodie pulled tight. Jacob had recently disclosed to his friends on Facebook that he was hearing voices, and their reaction had been less than …

New diagnostic guidelines for mental illness stir debate

By Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post on May 17, 2013, at 9:16 a.m.
For ADHD, the definition is being broadened, meaning the disorder could be diagnosed in more children. In the case of autism, the opposite is true. The new criteria are among the changes that will be released with the publication this weekend of the long-awaited guidebook that psychiatrists and other mental …
Army Sgt. John Michael Russell, in a May 11, 2009, booking photograph. Russell killed five fellow service members at the Camp Liberty Combat Stress Clinic near Baghdad, the deadliest case of soldier-on-soldier violence in the war zone.

Military’s mental health crisis exposed with Camp Liberty killings

By Elliot Blair Smith, Bloomberg News on Aug. 07, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Sgt. John Russell lay awake, wondering what his wife would do if he killed himself. He was so messed up that his first lieutenant removed the firing pin from his M16 assault rifle. Six weeks from the end of his fifth combat-zone tour, and five years from retiring …

How to avoid on-the-job depression

By Alison Johnson, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) on Oct. 21, 2011, at 2:10 p.m.
Especially in a tough economy, “it’s unbelievable how many people struggle with trying to feel happy at work,” says Ellen Golding, a psychologist based in Los Angeles. Her tips: Don’t isolate. Walk around and greet co-workers and attend staff lunches and office parties, even if you have to force yourself. …
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Friends, family and rage advice

By Andrea Bonior, Special to The Washington Post on Sept. 11, 2011, at 8:15 a.m.
Q: My best friend got married and had two cute kids, which is what she’s always wanted. But now it’s nearly impossible for me to see her. Her stay-at-home-dad husband doesn’t let her go out often — even if there’s a scheduled girls’ night, he usually comes up with a …
Emergency crews transport a woman who was pulled from the Penobscot River on the Bangor Waterfront after allegedly jumping from the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge.

Bangor woman shares the story of her jump from bridge as a warning to others

By Eric Russell on April 28, 2011, at 6:22 p.m.
Editor’s Note: The woman interviewed for this story asked that her real name, as well as specific details about her life, not be used in an effort to protect her family from any unwanted scrutiny or ridicule. Charlotte is a pseudonym. BANGOR | Charlotte can still feel the cold …

Former Acadia Hospital clinicians strike out on their own

By Meg Haskell on April 14, 2011, at 8:01 p.m.
BANGOR | In the world of mental illness and brain-related disorders, the term “psychosis” is associated with the most severe and intractable cases. Characterized by a devastating loss of contact with reality, false beliefs about what is going on, and hearing and seeing things that are not there, psychosis …

Early detection key in mental health issues

By David Prescott, For the WEEKLY on Feb. 15, 2011, at 11:07 p.m.
About a decade ago I went through one of those moments that left me feeling, well, unprepared. It was a situation where I should have been thinking about a problem way before it ever happened. At hand were issues of early detection, prevention of illness and trying to stay ahead …
Discovery House located at 74 Dowd Road in Bangor.

Discovery House serves expanding need almost invisibly

By Eric Russell on Feb. 12, 2011, at 3:10 p.m.
BANGOR | Less than four months ago, city councilors approved a capacity increase for Discovery House, one of Bangor’s three methadone treatment clinics, to help meet growing demand. With room to grow and plans to add another type of treatment — Suboxone — to further assist opiate addicts, Discovery …
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Schizophrenia: Early detection and planning are key

By David Prescott, The Acadia Hospital on Jan. 31, 2011, at 10:53 a.m.
About a decade ago I went through one of those moments that left me feeling, well, unprepared.  It was a situation where I should have been thinking about a problem way before it ever happened.   At hand were issues of early detection, prevention of illness, and trying to stay …

Beaten Acadia worker: ‘Conditions will improve’

By Meg Haskell on Jan. 26, 2011, at 10:22 p.m.
BANGOR | The Acadia Hospital employee whose beating last summer at the hands of an out-of-control patient helped trigger a federal investigation is hopeful that working conditions will get better at the 100-bed psychiatric hospital. “I think conditions will improve,” said 55-year-old Robert Patterson of Bucksport, who has worked …

New Bangor VA clinic to open soon

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 04, 2011, at 11:29 p.m.
Construction has been completed at the new 30,000-square-foot veterans health clinic on the campus of the Maine Veterans’ Home and adjacent to the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor. On Tuesday, officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs toured the sparkling new facility and took formal …

NAMI report advises closing Dorothea Dix

By Meg Haskell on Dec. 13, 2010, at 8:35 p.m.
BANGOR | In anticipation of ongoing budget cuts in mental health programs funded by the state, Maine’s leading mental health advocacy group has released recommendations aimed at reducing costs and improving the delivery of services — including a recommendation to close the 100-bed Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, formerly the …

School districts seek payment for child development services

By Mal Leary on Nov. 09, 2010, at 8:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA | It’s an issue that likely will cause the new Legislature and administration some heartburn. It’s how to pay for needed services for Maine children who suffer from mental illness or learning disabilities. Education Commissioner Angela Faherty and Brenda Harvey, the commissioner of Health and Human Services, were …
This photo shows the T2 Mood Tracker, an app for smart phones that makes it easy to record one's emotions at various times of day, at Joint base Lewis McChord, Wash. It was invented by psychologist Perry Bosmajian and developed at the Department of Defense's National Center for Telehealth & Technology at Joint Base Lewis McChord to help in treatment of PTSD and other conditions. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Peter Haley)

Smartphone App tracks soldiers’ mood

By Adam Ashton, The News Tribune on Nov. 02, 2010, at 12:44 p.m.
TACOMA, Wash. — A question like “how do you feel?” can sound a little touchy-feely to a battle-hardened soldier. But ask the same question on a smart phone application that a soldier can stash in his fatigues? That just might get a straight answer. Enter the T2 Mood Tracker, a …

DHHS eyes merger of Bangor, Augusta hospitals

By Mal Leary on Oct. 31, 2010, at 7:51 p.m.
Bangor, Augusta sites already share personnel AUGUSTA | The Department of Health and Human Services is moving to merge the state’s two psychiatric hospitals, Dorothea Dix in Bangor and Riverview in Augusta, under one management. “We have wanted to consolidate the administration of these two hospitals,” DHHS Commissioner Brenda …

Class action suit filed against billing service

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 25, 2010, at 9:38 p.m.
The Portland law firm Preti Flaherty has announced the filing of a class action lawsuit against Possibilities Counseling Services of Auburn and its president and CEO, Wendy Bergeron, for allegedly failing to process and pay professional fees to approximately 550 social workers and other providers of mental health services. Before …

Bangor’s Acadia Hospital promotes longtime staff

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 21, 2010, at 11:51 p.m.
The Acadia Hospital has announced the promotion of three longtime employees to key management positions. Although the administration of the 100-bed psychiatric hospital has been the subject of recent complaints from employees and others in the community, board president John Bragg said Thursday that the promotions do …

Psychiatric practice drops MaineCare

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 17, 2010, at 9:52 p.m.
BANGOR | A Bangor psychiatric practice that serves thousands of area residents will stop seeing MaineCare patients next month, citing an untenable reduction in payments from the MaineCare program. MaineCare is the name of Maine’s Medicaid program for low-income and disabled patients. It is funded with both state and …

Surviving Your First Year of College

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 12, 2010, at 4:57 p.m.
So you’ve decorated your dorm room, posted college photos on Facebook, and eagerly begun your classes. Now as the first few weeks of the semester roll by, you may be feeling more stressed than you expected, and maybe even a bit anxious or depressed. If this is the case, you’re …