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Author Archives: Susan Noonan MD

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A New Concept in Mental Health: Difficult-to-Treat Depression

There’s a new concept in mental health: difficult-to-treat depression.  It’s intended to replace the concept of treatment-resistant depression, widely used for many years to capture those who experience a chronic and recurrent illness and don’t achieve sustained remission (complete relief of symptoms) despite adequate treatment.  One reason behind the new model is that the word “resistant” is thought to have negative connotations and suggests the person is to blame for being resistant to treatment efforts, which is[…]

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Wellbeing and COVID-19

The COVID-19 worldwide health crisis has had a major impact on us medically, socially and economically, with significant disruption to our lives and daily routines. It is a cause of monumental stress, newfound fear, and anxiety in many, including: fear of the unknown; fear of contracting the virus ourselves and in loved ones, with uncertain and potentially fatal outcomes; concerns about insufficient access to both routine and urgent health care, treatments, procedures, medications and resources;[…]

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We need a pit crew

I’d like to share with you a fascinating experience I recently had in attending the third annual Bridging the Divide: Mental Health and Cancer Care Working Summit and Collaborative Symposium on April 11-12, 2019.  We met together as a group of mental health and cancer professionals, patients and family members dedicated to promoting equity in the care of those who have simultaneous cancer and mental illness. Their collaborative efforts are expected to improve the cancer care[…]

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