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Welcome to the June issue of RESILIENT HEALTH!

June marks the observance of PTSD Awareness Month; we’ve provided a compelling article on the biologic and psychiatric underpinnings of this complicated disorder, and current evidence-based treatment options. A complimentary article details the surprising finding that the popular club drug Ecstasy, in combination with psychotherapy, may be an option
for treating PTSD.

The second installment in our Brain Wellness series details key elements of patients’ brain health—adequate sleep, nutrition, exercise, positive social interaction, exposure to sunlight and avoidance of toxins—that aid in their recovery from mental illnesses and addiction. Our series of updates from ATA18 (the annual American Telemedicine Association conference) continues with a fascinating presentation from VA experts about the unique challenges of treating military personnel and the effectiveness of VTH (video-to-home) psychotherapy in this population.

Death by bureaucracy. Reckless withholding of benefits. That’s what patients and their families have to say in our article about how health insurers Aetna and Centene/Health Net deny benefits to very sick subscribers of their plans. Read on to learn more about the dark side of the health insurance industry.

The Quiz Corner this month provides a dozen rapid-answer questions that help your patients answer the question, “Do I Have Schizophrenia?” This quick and easy-to-administer tool may unearth a previously obscured diagnosis. Check out the Fast Facts section for a rundown on the CDC’s latest, sobering statistics on opioid overdose deaths. The numbers are staggering, a testament to the fact that there is no end in sight to the burgeoning U.S. drug epidemic. And be sure to read our At-a-Glance department this month for important news and research updates in the field.

Just a reminder—there are two other important health observances for June. Men’s Health Month features the theme “Awareness, Prevention, Education, and Family.” The U.S. Congress-endorsed celebration aims to improve the health of men and boys nationwide; join the effort and find resources by visiting https://bit.ly/1pV0SAd. Join the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations nationwide for National Safety Month, which celebrates safety with the overarching theme No One Gets Hurt. The focus this year is on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, in the home and in communities (visit https://bit.ly/2HHmNzu).

Daily News

The Profound Effect of Lifestyle on the Brain