Psych Matters Blog

Thoughts About Flourishing and Living an Optimal Life During Challenging Times

By: Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD | December 21, 2020

I’ve been thinking lately about how “mental health” may be more than just the absence of “mental illness.” Just as mental illness can be conceptualized on a continuum of severity, perhaps mental health can similarly be described on a continuum. What does it mean to not only be free of symptoms, but to actually flourish? Is it possible to define what an “optimal life” consists of? Perhaps thinking about such things will not only be useful for our patients but may benefit us personally as well.

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International Survivors of Suicide Day: Nov 21

By: Jasleen Chhatwal, MD | November 19, 2020

“International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience.” - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In this post, we share a personal story by Psychiatry Assistant Professor Jasleen Chhatwal, MD, who is also the Chief Medical Officer, Director of Mood Program at Sierra Tucson.

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Veterans Day: Caring for Military Members and their Mental Health

In honor of Veterans Day, we spoke with Alison R. Coelho, PsyD, about the mental health challenges that veterans and active duty service members face in this Q&A.

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Raising ADHD Awareness

By: Jennifer Tran, DO | October 20, 2020

We interviewed Jennifer Tran, DO, a Fellow in the Psychiatry Department’s Child and Adolescent program, to learn more about how ADHD is recognized, its challenges, and support mechanisms for those with ADHD.

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Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

In 1988, October was established as a month “to recognize the unique grief of bereaved parents in an effort to support the many families who have suffered the tragedy of pregnancy and infant loss." We spoke with Joy Subrin, LMSW, IHeLP, who works in Banner Health’s OBGYN Outpatient Clinic Social Work Department, to discuss the emotional challenges that come with such a loss.

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