Former NFL Player on Opioids, Addiciton & Depression

Really great open discussion from former NFL players on opioids, addiction, depression, and alternative forms of care like medical marijuana.  Huge endorsement for alternative care! If only they knew about TMS Therapy...

 

Check out the full video below!

TMS Therapy for Addiction

Check out some great brain imaging as it relates to the circuitry of addiction: 

via National Geographic

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National Geographic magazine did a recent cover story on 'How Science Is Unlocking the Secrets of Addiction' in its September 2017 issue. It is a very interesting article and discusses how clinical neuroscientists analyze brain imaging to specifically target faulty reward circuits when someone is dealing with addiction. The coolest part about this mainstream public service announcement is that it focused on TMS Therapy as the treatment that can best help correct this 'highjacking of neural pathways'.

TMS Therapy is still considered off-label when it comes to treating substance abuse, but as this article indicates, it can be a highly effective form of care. At The HH, we often will target the underlying depression that is inherent with many post-detox addiction cases and have additional off-label protocols available as well to focus more heavily on treating the brain's dopamine receptors specifically. Fascinating stuff and a great spotlight on what is becoming proven alternative care for the disease of addiction ️

10 Tidbits of Wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi

The Man, The Myth, The Legend!

Wellness Wednesday: Wellness Guidelines for Pain

New non-drug guidelines have been released by The American College of Physicians for chronic or recurring back pain. And they include a lot of regular wellness care services!

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The Listed Procedures Include...

 ✔️  Superficial Heat

✔️  Massage, Acupuntcure & Chiropractic

✔️  Stretching & Yoga

✔️  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

✔️  Fitness & Exercise

And more! 

[B]oth mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy proved more effective than “usual care” in relieving chronic low back pain and improving patients’ function.
— Dr. Daniel Cherkin (Lead Researcher, Kaiser Permanente Washington)

It is amazing how quick our medical culture is to prescribe pain meds or to recommend surgery for pain.  Both forms of treatment have their place and can offer symptom relief or help correct a problem, but we often forget to consider the natural remedies available for pain because we are instead blinded by the prospect of a 'quick fix'. Just remember, pain meds (Opioids in particular) can be the root of additional ailments like addiction and depression. This is why it is so great to see treatment guidelines for pain shifting towards what has been considered alternative care in the past.  Just because it is alternative does not mean that it's not proven or that it's not scientific... You are your own greatest Health advocate!.


Sources: 

Brody, J. E. (2017, September 11). Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/11/well/alternatives-to-drugs-for-treating-pain.html

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CBD to Reduce Inflammation and Symptoms of Depression


CBD activates the body's internal cannabinoid system to repair cellular damage and to reduce inflammation


Here are some helpful CBD FAQ responses from the team over at C.G. Hempley


This research team at Emory used synthetic drugs to target inflammation, but they were able to reduce the inflammatory symptoms of depression by doing so.  Dr. Andrew Miller, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory, also goes into how measures of inflammation can be used as a diagnostic tool for cases of depression. 


The Healing House is now regularly offering Charlotte's Web CBD so that it is regularly available for all things inflammation.  CBD is not known to be an addictive substance which is why it serves as a great alternative to a lot of pain meds and other pharmaceutical drugs.

HH Services: Ongoing Research Efforts from Neurostar

Amazing efforts from Neurostar to continue growing the momentum for TMS Therapy as a first line of care for Depression!

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NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy Extends Depression Research Leadership with New Data at U.S. Psych Congress

The NeuroStar Outcomes Registry surpasses 750 patient milestone and validates real-world outcomes for TMS therapy depression treatment

MALVERN, Pa., September 15, 2017 - NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy, the established leader in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), will present clinical data and key findings from its outcomes registry and other data at the 2017 U.S. Psychiatric & Mental Health Congress (Psych Congress) in New Orleans, September 16-19, 2017. Psych Congress, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is the nation's leading independent mental health continuing education conference for advancing psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and wellness.

NeuroStar's depression outcomes registry, which launched in November 2016 to further investigate and better understand the use of the transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy in a clinical setting, has reached 781 patients across approximately 50 treatment facilities in the United States. The registry is projected to grow to 6,000 patients across 100 different treatment facilities by 2019 - making it one of the largest registries for depression treatment.

"NeuroStar is the leader in clinical research for transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy and is also backed by the largest clinical data set for Major Depressive Disorder of any TMS device. The important research by NeuroStar provides validation for the effectiveness of the therapy in treating chronic depression and offers tremendous potential for treatment advancements and new applications," said Kimberly Cress, M.D., TMS Serenity Center. "I'm truly excited to be one of the doctors participating in the NeuroStar Outcomes Registry and to have access to pivotal data that helps me better understand and address the needs of my patients. I commend NeuroStar for continuing to deliver powerful research that helps advance the understanding of transcranial magnetic stimulation as a legitimate, second-line treatment option for anyone struggling with depression who isn't benefiting from antidepressants."

Three poster presentations will occur during the 2017 Psych Congress (Sunday 1:30, Sunday 5:30, and Monday 1:30). The topics of these posters are:

NeuroStar Outcomes Registry

Results from the NeuroStar Outcomes Registry further validate real-world NeuroStar treatment outcomes seen in open-label clinical trials.[1] On a clinician rating scale (CGI-S), 76 percent of patients responded to the treatment and experienced significant improvement, and 59 percent achieved remission of their depression symptoms - demonstrating the proven efficacy of NeuroStar. The NeuroStar Outcomes Registry is powered by its TrakStar™ technology, which is the only transcranial magnetic stimulation patient data management system that automaticallytracks treatment information, patient history, and clinical outcomes, maximizing coordination of care.

Optimizing TMS Treatment for Depression: The 19-Minute Dash™ Protocol

NeuroStar conducted an analysis to evaluate a reduced treatment time from 37.5 minutes to under 19 minutes* by decreasing the time between pulse sequences, which would improve patients' comfort and convenience yet still retain the efficacy and safety of the treatment. NeuroStar's analysis confirmed that the variables which impact treatment efficacy are the number of treatment sessions, the number of pulses per session, and the percent motor threshold. Varying or shortening the length of time between pulses does not negatively impact the safety or efficacy of the NeuroStar treatment.

Controlled Trial of NeuroStar in Adolescent Patients

Major Depressive Disorder is a major health problem for adolescents, yet current treatment options frequently fail to provide adequate clinical improvement or are deemed unacceptable to patients and their families. NeuroStar has launched the first-ever randomized, controlled clinical trial to evaluate this unmet need and the acute and long-term effectiveness of NeuroStar in adolescent and young adult patients ages 12 to 21. The trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of NeuroStar in approximately 100 patients in study sites across the U.S. , using a six-week acute treatment course with six month follow up. NeuroStar is currently enrolling for this clinical trial (NCT #02586688) and expects enrollment to be completed by the end of 2017.

Approximately 4.3 million Americans treated for depression do not benefit from antidepressant medication.[2] With nearly 1.5 million treatments delivered to date, NeuroStar Advanced Therapy was cleared by the FDA in 2008 as a safe and effective second-line treatment option for adult patients with Major Depressive Disorder who have not seen success with at least one antidepressant medication. It is available by prescription and typically administered daily in a doctor's office for four to six weeks. NeuroStar is improving patient access to this therapy with its widespread insurance coverage and enhanced scheduling convenience as the first FDA-cleared TMS treatment that can be delivered in under 19 minutes. Additionally, there has been a 20 percent increase in the number of NeuroStar systems across the country in the past year. The non-drug, non-invasive treatment uses magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain that are underactive in depression. It is not electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and uses a different mechanism than ECT. Backed with the most clinical studies for transcranial magnetic stimulation in depression,[1],[3],[4] NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is free from side effects often associated with antidepressants.[5]

For more information about NeuroStar Advanced Therapy, visit www.NeuroStar.com.

About NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy 

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is the established leader in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive form of neuromodulation. It is backed by the largest clinical data set for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) of any TMS device. NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is the #1 physician-preferred TMS treatment for patients with MDD, and there are over 800 NeuroStar systems in 49 states.

With over 300 million covered lives, NeuroStar is widely reimbursed by most commercial and government health plans, including Medicare and Tricare. In addition, there are programs in place, such as NeuroStar Reimbursement Support, to help patients and providers obtain coverage and reimbursement for NeuroStar Advanced Therapy. 

NeuroStar is indicated for the treatment of MDD in adult patients who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication in the current episode. In an NIMH-funded, independent, randomized controlled trial, patients treated with transcranial magnetic stimulation using a clinical-trial version of the NeuroStar System were four times more likely to achieve remission compared to patients receiving sham treatment (P = 0.0173; odds ratio = 4.05).[3]  The most common side effect is pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site, which usually resolves within one week. It is contraindicated in people with non-removable conductive metal in or near the head. Long-term durability of effect has not been established in a randomized controlled trial. 

For more information and full safety and prescribing information, visit www.NeuroStar.com. 

TBT: The Fight Against Opioids

In 2015, 15,000 people were reported to have lost their lives due to prescription opioids overdose.

 

⇰ A petition has been filed to ban daily-dose prescriptions that are above 90 milligrams of morphine

⇰ The CDC reported that high-level doses do not improve pain control or the ability to function

⇰Opana ER has been pulled from the market this past July after an HIV and hepatitis C outbreak. 

President Trump is now declaring that opioid abuse is a national epidemic.  There will be a ton of fall out around the decisions made on how to fix this problem, but hopefully we can arrive at better and more holistic treatment options.  Remember, TMS Therapy is a proven and more effective alternative to pharmaceuticals! 

(Even though it is still only FDA Approved for MDD)


Sources: 

Ban high-dose opioid painkillers, groups urge FDA. (2017, August 31). Retrieved September 13, 2017, from https://www.today.com/health/groups-urge-fda-ban-high-dose-opioid-painkillers-t115800

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Wellness Wednesday: Stress

high levels of stress can cause health problems, but stress can have a positive impact on your health as well. 

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How to Use Stress to Your Advantage?

☑️  See stress as your body's way of preparing you to excel

☑️  Gradual exposure to small stressors can serve as a great foundation for handling life's bigger stressors which are inevitable

☑️  Regular exercise is very effective in reducing the irritability that comes with stress

The best way to manage stress isn’t to reduce or avoid it, but rather to rethink and even embrace it.
— Dr. McGonigal, Author of “The Upside of Stress"

Turning stress into an indicator for when to take Action or using it as a motivator to make necessary changes can be life-altering.


Sources:

Parker-Pope, T. (n.d.). How to Be Better at Stress. Retrieved September 05, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/how-to-deal-with-stress

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TBT: pH & Panic Disorders?

 Is your body's pH contributing to panic attacks?

⭕️  Research at the University of Cincinnati has found a correlation between acidosis, an excessively acid condition of the body's fluids or tissues, and panic attacks. 

⭕️  Gene-8 (TDAG8) receptors are associated with T-cell death, and an increasing presence of these receptors correlates to more severe panic attacks.

⭕️  Further research is needed to determine how the presence of these receptors is influenced by genetics versus environmental factors.

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Reducing acidity in the body is proven to reduce inflammation and to improve the overall health of the human body.  Good to know that better balanced alkalinity might be experienced as more immediate relief from the symptoms of anxiety. 


Sources:

Nauert, R. (2017, August 25). Progress Toward Identifying Biological Source for Panic Disorder. Retrieved August 29, 2017, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/08/25/progress-toward-identifying-biological-source-for-panic-disorder

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Wellness Wednesday: How to talk to your child about disasters like Harvey

 ⇰  Consider your child's age. 

⇰  Ask your child what they have already heard about the incident

⇰  Listen, be honest, and focus on the fundamentals of the events☂️

⇰  Reassure them by saying things like, “It is ok if this bothers you; we are here to support each other.”

⇰  Maintain routine to provide normalcy for your child

⇰  Spend extra time together and encourage your child to express his or her feelings around the experience and appropriate exposure

Lend a hand to those affected!

Our thoughts and prayers with everyone in Houston


Sources:

Crist, C. (2017, August 09). Pediatricians offer strategies for talking to kids about bad news. Retrieved August 29, 2017, from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-children-communication-idUSKBN1AP2HV

Moreno MA. How to Talk to Your Children About Tragedies in the News. JAMA Pediatr. Published online August 07, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.2351

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Anxiety is the Worst

A heartfelt account of how crippling anxiety can be for someone who deals with it regularly

Video by Ton Mazzone

TBT: The Nun Study

In 1986, Professor David Snowden started studying the onset of Alzheimer's among 678 nuns. 


While the study is still in progress, his work has indicated that there are certain lifetime behaviors and/or tendencies that can influence the onset of Alzheimers later in life.

 

Autobiographies with "Idea density" and a positive outlook

Dr. Snowden believes that idea density and positivity have something to do with Alzheimer's prevention.  This ongoing longitudinal study focuses on an ideal population in terms of a uniform lifestyle amongst its subjects (the nuns). And because lifetime journaling is regular for nuns, Dr. Snowden has been able to use journal entries from early adulthood as a reference to identify things like idea density (complexity, vivacity, fluency, etc.) and positive thinking. What he continues to find is that these two variables are key indicators in determining which subjects developed Alzheimer's later in life. In fact, roughly 80% of the nuns identified as lacking linguistic density and positive thinking went on to develop Alzheimer's later in life, compared to only 10% amongst those not lacking. Confirmation bias could certainly be at play, but these figures definitely give legitimacy to how reinforcing neural pathways can preserve the function of the human brain.  Some nuns are even calling for further structural analysis of the brain...

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“Through brain donation, we can help unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease"

- Sister R. Schwalbe

 

The nun study might be creating More questions than it is answers, but it is building a strong case for keeping the brain active.  It's good to know there there are behaviors to work towards that can better create longevity and overall mental capacity.


Sources:

Belluck, P. (2001, May 06). Nuns Offer Clues to Alzheimer's and Aging. Retrieved August 23, 2017, from http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/07/us/nuns-offer-clues-to-alzheimer-s-and-aging.html

[Ethan Rozin]. (2006, Dec. 28). nun study video. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw2lafKIEio. 

R. (2012, April 26). Aging with Grace. Retrieved August 23, 2017, from https://robinmd.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/aging-with-grace/

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HH Services: Tips on Finding the Right Therapist for You

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.
— David Richo

1. Ask friends and family for referrals. 

2. Find out what type of therapy is right for you (unconscious motivation, cognitive therapist, family-oriented systems, etc.)

3. Shop online or call a practice to see what their counseling philosophies are all about.

4. Pick a therapist based on the quality of the therapeutic relationship and then create a regular relationship that is convenient to you, not the other way around.

5. Notice how you feel while talking to them, but understand that it is normal to feel nervous and awkward the first time when speaking with a licensed counselor.  Remember, everything is confidential by law!

 

At The Healing House, we like coupling our counseling care with Biosound Therapy to reinforce breathwork with biofeedback and to visualize mindfulness with fun games or brain wave imaging.  

The first session is always at a discounted rate so that a proper therapeutic relationship can be established :)

Call 407-701-4500 for more!


Sources:

Cleantis, T. (2011, February 16). How to Find the Best Therapist for You. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freudian-sip/201102/how-find-the-best-therapist-you

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HH Services: Brain Processing

Use Psychotherapy (Counseling) to help identify things like trigger points and thought patterns as a result of your brain's fast and slow thinking responses.  This is the foundation to desensitizing the body's physiological reaction when dealing with conditions like PTSD and Anxiety.  

TBT: Exposure Therapy through Virtual Reality

➲  Exposure Therapy is a technique used in which patients mentally revisit a traumatic experience or a phobia with the emotional guidance of a therapist. 

➲  The company Limbix is working to fully engage patients during Exposure Therapy by utilizing Google Virtual Reality Goggles and a smartphone. 

➲ Limbix will not only be used to help individuals with a fear of heights, flying, or bridges, but it will also be used to help coach individual through a particular traumatic event by them back to the location of the event through virtual reality. 

The prospect of combining psychotherapy and virtual reality is a real game changer.  Exciting things to come!


Sources:

[Limbix, Inc.]. (2017, Jun. 15) Limbix: Modern Therapy Tools. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tsNE6cSbMg

Metz, C. (2017, July 30). A New Way for Therapists to Get Inside Heads: Virtual Reality. Retrieved August 09, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/30/technology/virtual-reality-limbix-mental-health.html

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HH Services: Improving Confidence with Body Language

Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become.
— Amy Cuddy, Harvard Psychology Professor

 ✔️ Smiling to feel happier or dressing up for an interview to be on top of your game actually work!

 ✔️ Practice Mindfulness by staying in the moment and knowing nothing is perfect.

 ✔️ Use body language to your advantage! Standing tall like Super Woman will cause your brain to release chemicals that increase and stabilize your confidence. 

Really cool stuff that you can let your body trick your mind into feeling more confident.


Sources:

Kaplan, E. (2017, April 07). How to Replace Your Self-Doubt With Unshakeable Confidence. Retrieved August 08, 2017, from https://journal.thriveglobal.com/how-to-replace-your-self-doubt-with-unshakable-confidence-fc9bf59615c5

[Ted]. (2012, Oct. 1). Your body language may shape who you are | Amy Cuddy. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc

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HH Services: Are You Approaching Gratitude the Right Way?

Is there a problem with how we are perceiving gratitude? John Monterosso, Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Southern California and the author of "The Trouble With Gratitude" says that people can achieve better sustained gratitude by working on their very perception of it.

Monterosso claims that sustained gratitude's best sources are ultimately: 

1) focusing on interpersonal relationships and

2) a Mindful awareness of the moment

We regularly focus on identifying sources of gratitude in our Counseling and Biofeedback services at The HH.  And our providers will tell you that it's almost equally important to learn how to forgive yourself for 'not feeling grateful enough', which is another point that this article touched on.  Apparently practicing gratitude, like anything else, can be a process.   


Sources: 

Monterosso, J. (2017, July 21). A Psychology and Neuroscience Professor Explains What We Get Wrong About Gratitude. Retrieved July 31, 2017, from https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/10813-the-trouble-with-gratitude

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TBT: Heads Together

William, Catherine, and I started this campaign because we saw that fear of judgment, stigma, and outdated prejudice meant that too many people stayed quiet about their mental health challenges. I’ve seen the threat these fear and stigma imposes on my work with veterans and my former army friends.
— Prince Harry of Wales, Co-Found of Heads Together

  📌  Duke and Duchess William and Kate, as well as Prince Harry, found a common thread of mental health as the challenge behind numerous problems in society.  

📌   The Heads Together campaign is working with charities to break the stigma and provide help for individuals dealing with mental illnesses. 

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Click the button below to read more about Heads Together and how you can get involved!

Great to see big names getting involved with mental health awareness!


Sources:

About Heads Together. (n.d.). Retirved July 10, 2017, from https://www.headstogether.org.uk/about-heads-together/

Patrons_heads_together [Photograph found in Royal Foundation]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 10, 2017, from http://www.royalfoundation.com/heads-together-duke-duchess-cambridge-prince-harry-working-eliminate-stigma-around-mental-health/

[Heads Together]. (2017, Feb. 21). Heads Together | Prince Harry's speech at Heads Together Training Day in Newcastle. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUL9tmPZ8XI&t=1s

[Heads Together]. (2017, Apr. 21). Catherine, William + Harry | Heads Together| #oktosay. [Video File]. Retrived from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45RqUmxDXiY

 

HH Services: 3000 Pulses Later with Martha Rhodes

It’s almost like the reinvention of Martha. And that’s a great feeling.
— Martha Rhodes, Author of 3000 Pulses Later

 ▪️  In 2009 Martha Rhodes discovered TMS Therapy as a treatment option for depression.

 ▪️  After going through 6 weeks of treatment, Rhodes was able to successfully achieve full remission from what had been a very treatment-resistant case of Major Depressive Disorder prior to that.

 ▪️ In her autobiography, 3000 Pulses Later, Rhodes talks about her experience before and after completing TMS Therapy and specifically about her remarkable turnaround as a result of this treatment.

3,000 pulses to the left prefrontal cortex is the best treatment going for depression.  Double the effectiveness of any antidepressant on the market with no side effects other than mild scalp discomfort!  Plus, you can stay on the meds that work well for you.  We are grateful for champions of this therapy like Martha!


Sources:

[Emory University]. (2016, Jan. 6). OTT: TMS - Depression, TMS & Emory. [Video File] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6NG3DvcZGI

Martha Rhodes; a TMS Success Story | Part I. (2013, April 05). Retrieved July 24, 2017, from http://tmsneuro.com/depression-treatments/martha-rhodes-a-tms-success-story-part-i/

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TBT: 13 Reasons Why

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→   The Netflix original series, "13 Reasons Why" has become the most tweeted about show in 2017. 

→   The drama-mystery series based on the novel by Jay Asher focuses on the story of a teen who commits suicide. 

→   The number of teens and young children that have been hospitalized for suicidal thoughts and actions has doubled in the past decade. Naturally, parents are concerned about how this series may affect its viewers, an already vulnerable population.  

Harvard Health has written an article on 5 recommended topics to cover with your child if they are watching "13 Reasons Why". 

Harvard Health's Physician Editor is being proactive with proper mental health education that counters how this series is potentially normalizing depression for teens.  Make sure to check it out!


Sources:

McCarthy, M. C. (2017, May 03). 5 things to tell your child about 13 Reasons Why. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/5-things-tell-child-13-reasons-2017050211695

Peterson, K. (2017, May 08). The controversy behind Netflix's teen-suicide drama '13 Reasons Why' - and why it's hitting close to home. Retrieved July 17, 2017, from http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/tv/sd-me-thirteen-reasons-20170508-story.html

Scutti, S. (2017, May 05). 'Alarming' rise in children hospitalized with suicidal thoughts or actions. Retrieved July 17, 2017, from http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/05/health/children-teens-suicide-study/index.html