Peer Recovery Saves Lives in the Inova Alexandria Hospital Emergency Department

Jeremy H. Graf, MD is board-certified in emergency medicine. Dr. Graf is the Chief Medical Officer of Inova Alexandria Hospital. Lydia G. Haile, MD, FACEP, is board-certified in emergency medicine. Dr. Haile is Chief of Inova Alexandria Hospital’s Emergency Department. Linda Thompson is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. Linda helps people struggling with addiction as…

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The Most Common Perinatal Problem? Depression and Anxiety. But There Is Hope

Rachel Noble, MS, LPC, is a mental health provider. She serves as Director of Theapeutic Programs and Women’s Behavioral Health Services at Inova Health System. In honor of Mother’s Day, and in recognition that May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, here is some helpful information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs): what they…

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8 Ways to Cope with Holiday Sadness During COVID-19

Michael R. Clark, MD, MPH, MBA, is board-certified in psychiatry. After months of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all eager for a return to normal. But with case counts still rising, the holidays will look pretty different this year. Public health agencies are advising that people avoid gathering with others outside their immediate households,…

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Talking to Your Primary Care Provider About Mental Health

Alex Krist, MD, is a board-certified primary care physician. He chairs the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which makes the national guidelines for preventive care. He also directs a primary care practice-based research network in Virginia and practices family medicine at Fairfax Family Practice – An Inova Partner. Every once in a while, the stress…

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Tele-Behavioral Health: COVID-19 and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care

Expert Q&A with Rick Leichtweis, PhD, Executive Director, Inova Kellar Center Rick Leichtweis, PhD, serves as Executive Director for Inova Kellar Center. He is a leader in the educational and mental health field and has extensive experience in developing mental health and substance use disorder treatment and special education programs. Across the U.S., and here…

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How to Talk to Your Teen About Opioids

Sulman Aziz Mirza, MD, addresses concerns parents have about the prescription pain drug As communities across the U.S. confront the epidemic of opioid addiction, Inova staff psychiatrist, Sulman Aziz Mirza, MD, works with teens and families to provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, therapy and partial hospitalization services at the Inova Keller Center. “Often I hear from patients…

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Addiction Recovery: 10 Ways to Get Through the Holidays Sober

From daily affirmations to laughter and volunteering, find ways to stay on track with your recovery Michael B. Moore, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist at the Inova Behavioral Health Outpatient Center at Merrifield. Francis Kulesa, MSW, is a behavioral health program therapist. With the holiday season approaching, we often have the opportunity to spend time…

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