Mental Health Coping Tips for Your Kids as They Transition Between Online and In-Person Schooling

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Satish Shashidhara, DO, is a board certified Child & Adolescent psychiatrist with Inova Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Shashidhara is the Medical Director for the Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, and with little to no warning, children and adolescents saw all of their routines upended by lockdowns.…

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Inova Announces Gift to Support Expansion of Behavioral Health Services at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Falls Church, VA – Inova is announcing that longtime supporters Jeffrey and Amiya Veatch have pledged $3.5 million to expand critically-needed behavioral health services at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northern Virginia region has seen an increase in residents seeking behavioral health services. Behavioral health inpatient admissions at…

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Postpartum Depression and the Holidays

Chandrika Balgobin, DO, PMH-C, perinatal psychiatrist for Women’s Behavioral Health Services , Shana Bellow, Ph.D., LCP, psychologist, Inova Women’s Behavioral Health Services  and Tara Croan, LCSW, PMH-C, perinatal therapist for Women’s Behavioral Health Services Editor’s note: Although “postpartum depression” is the term most people know, a more fitting term is perinatal mood and anxiety disorders,…

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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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