The prevalence of depression among Maine teenagers is a rising health concern. Above the national average, Maine’s rate of Major Depressive Episode (MDE) among adolescents aged 12-17 is 11.2% compared to 9.9% nationally. Read More
    Clinical experts in Maine like Rebecca Hoffmann Frances, LMFT, Director of Clinical Innovation at Maine Behavioral Healthcare, are examining the relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the frequency of physical and mental health conditions in adulthood. In the past, healthcare professionals have focused on what… Read More
    There is little emphasis on the challenges faced by family members when a loved one is struggling with mental illness or addiction. Addiction and untreated mental illness creates a high level of stress for parents, siblings and those close to the person. Everything from competing demands, internal and… Read More
    April is autism awareness month but building awareness throughout the year is important to improve our understanding of this ubiquitous condition. While social awareness has been increasing over the past decade, most people remain unclear as to its nature. According to the Autism Society of Maine (ASM), “Autism… Read More
    Today the practice of “whole person care” is more important than ever. While it can be difficult to sort out exactly where we’re at emotionally, our bodies are always giving us clues. Physical tension, G.I. distress, and lethargy are often signs that our mental health is suffering. A… Read More
    With the aging of post baby boomers our country’s population of elderly has risen dramatically, particularly in Maine.  Maine.gov reports that 14% of Maine’s population is age 65 or above. Projections show that by 2030, over 22 percent of Mainers will be past traditional retirement age. Read More
    Presented by Maine Behavioral Healthcare Sometimes a simple gesture — a reassuring touch or kind word — can make the reality around you less painful after a traumatic event. During times when it feels like the whole world in crashing around… Read More
    Presented by Maine Behavioral Healthcare When professionals encourage us to practice mindfulness, what they’re really imploring us to do is to be more aware of ourselves holistically. Mindfulness is associated with better health outcomes. It’s vital to our ability… Read More
    Presented by Maine Behavioral Healthcare In the weeks leading up to the national election, we saw an explosion in the very things that tend to cause heightened levels of anxiety: overwhelming amounts of negative media, preparation, anticipation, and conflict. Unless you’re… Read More
    Presented by Maine Behavioral Healthcare Life’s hardest lessons are easy to understand and difficult to put into practice. We struggle in predictable and painful ways until we come to terms with things as basic as our own needs and limitations. These… Read More