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VHHA Foundation and Inova Health System Utilize $180,000 Grant Awarded by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services for New Program Aimed at Providing Mental Health Services for Frontline Health Care Providers at Inova RICHMOND, VA – Inova Health System is establishing a new program with specialized mental health supports for health care professionals…

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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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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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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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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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The time change can strike a blow to mental health Love it or hate it, we all have to do it — here in America, we push our clocks back an hour to resume standard time shortly before Thanksgiving. But for those prone to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the earlier sunset and longer period of…

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Feeling like a Grinch? Here are some ways to make the holidays easier.  The holidays are just around the corner, and while they often can be a time of joy and celebration, for many people, there can be sour notes among all that cheer.  “Some struggle with family dynamics and overwhelming stress during this time,”…

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Learn how to Help Children Cope with Cyberbullying. Name-calling and rumor-spreading have long been unpleasant and challenging aspects of adolescent life and have accelerated online in a form called cyberbullying. Standing up to an often faceless bully is now a new skill for teens and their families. So what…

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