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In states across the country, voters sent a clear message they wanted restrictions on recreational drug use eased. On Tuesday, residents of Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota voted to join the ranks of 11 other states that have done so.

In 2012, Colorado and Washington made the leap to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Colorado has collected $1.23 billion in marijuana taxes and fees since 2014, including more than $302 million last year alone. Washington eclipsed Colorado that same year, collecting $395.5 million.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused most people more stress and anxiety — and sometimes the emotional and mental toll can be overwhelming. The Centers for Disease Control found that suicidal thoughts and behavior have risen sharply during the pandemic, especially among younger people, essential workers and racial minorities. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month, and we discuss how to know when someone needs help, and how to connect them to that help.


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By some estimates, nearly half of all Americans say that COVID-19 pandemic has affected their mental health. The prevalence of anxiety has even given rise to the term “Covid Stress Syndrome.” Among the many reasons people are experiencing anxiety and depression: fears of getting the disease, social isolation, financial stress, uncertainty about the future and more. We’ll discuss the reasons adults and children are suffering from greater anxiety, and ways to cope with increased stress.

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This is the first segment of a special two-hour Maine Calling, airing live from 1-2 pm. For the second segment, click here.

With medical attention focused on the coronavirus, and concerns about spread of the disease curtailing interactions between patients and health care providers, we discuss how non-coronavirus health care is being affected. How are mental health treatment, dental care, and other medical issues being addressed?


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Maine mental health provider Sweetser has announced it is ending its clinic-based therapy program, which will affect 450 children and adults.

A new working group kicked off its first meeting in Augusta Friday morning to review Maine's mental health system and make recommendations for improvements.

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On Friday, Mike Grendell of Dixmont will appear before a judge to ask for a suspended sentence in an unusual case.

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Two Lewiston hospitals have undertaken corrective action after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid found they were turning away mentally ill patients in crisis from their emergency departments without adequate medical screenings or stabilizing treatment. Both hospitals were found to be in violation of a federal law that is intended to protect patients experiencing medical emergencies.

Exercise and Mental Health: How Do They Correlate?

Aug 16, 2018
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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (July 9, 2018); no calls will be taken.

For years, scientists and researchers have been extolling the benefits of exercise to our physical well being. Now they are discovering the positive impacts physical activity has on mental health. We’ll discuss ways to get more exercise into your life and how it can help you feel better – both physically and psychologically.

 

Guests:  Scott Douglas, contributing editor for Runner’s World.  He’s also been the editor of Running Times and Runner’s World news channel.  He’s the author of eight books.  His most recent is Running is My Therapy.

Glenn Stevenson is associate professor of psychology and program coordinator for neuroscience at the University of New England.  His expertise includes how exercise duration and frequency can impact biological markers associated with mood. His research expertise is in the areas of exercise-pain-cognition interaction, pharmacology, and neuroscience.

Kate Foley is the fitness manager at OceanView at Falmouth. Kate has worked in cardiac rehabilitation at both York Hospital and Maine Medical Center and has worked at Maine Medical Partners Cardiology. She has also coached middle school, high school and college sports and enjoys swimming, running and yoga.

 

Exercise and Mental Health: How Do They Correlate?

Jul 9, 2018
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For years scientists and researchers have been extolling the benefits of exercise to our physical well being. Now they are discovering the positive impacts physical activity has on mental health.  We’ll discuss ways to get more exercise into your life and how it can help you feel better—both physically and psychologically.

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After the school shooting in Florida this week, President Trump vowed to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.” But the president's proposed budget would cut many programs that provide mental health services.

President Trump's proposed budget does include some increases in funding for mental health. However, Dale Hamilton of Community Health and Counseling Services, says the overall takeaway for Maine is that “President Trump's budget will not advance access to mental health services.”

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Nearly one in five American adults—43.8 million people—experienced some type of diagnosable mental illness in 2013. State and national news stories quite regularly feature people who are surprised by the acts of others they thought they knew. Sadly, there is a stigma that prevents many from getting the help they need. We’ll discuss attempts to overcome this stigma and the role of community mental health services.

Personality Disorders

Jul 6, 2017
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Two psychiatric experts discuss the range of personality disorders that affect young people to adults, including how to recognize and treat them, and how to differentiate between personality and temperament.

Guests: Dr. Robyn Ostrander, Interim Chief of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center

Dr. Dan Price, Director, General Psychiatry Residency, Maine Medical Center

Mental Health Issues

Feb 15, 2017
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Two leading psychiatrists address the current research and treatment for a range of psychiatric issues, from anxiety to seasonal disorders to dealing with grief--and they answer your mental health questions.  How much anxiety is normal during stressful societal times? What is narcissism, and how does it affects someone's relationships and behavior? Does the winter bring on seasonal affective disorder and sleep disorders? And we answer listener's questions about psychiatric issues.

Sheryl Lee could be in Danger of Losing Access to Mental Health Care
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Some state-funded Medicaid services that support thousands of people with severe mental illness could disappear if proposed rate cuts are approved. Providers who help people say they can’t absorb a proposed 25% reduction in reimbursement rates. Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services says the rates aren’t final, but at least one provider is already cutting back.

Everyday tasks like going to the grocery store, can feel insurmountable for 63-year-old Sheryl Lee. She has bipolar disorder, anxiety, and PTSD.

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