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Donna Stamper, left, of Grantham, N.H., and Marjorie Matthews, of Hanover, N.H., are peer group leaders with the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Uneven Efforts, Part Four: Mental Health Care: ‘A Very Difficult System to Navigate’

Monday, July 27, 2015

When serious mental illness occurs, finding care and making choices can be daunting. Families of the mentally ill frequently find themselves the first responders to health emergencies. And they may be unprepared. “When you have a child or a sister or a brother or an aunt or an uncle who starts displaying weird behavior, you have no background for integrating …

Uneven Efforts Series: Flagship Hospitals Continue to Have a Role to Play

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Most experts and advocates agree that the quality and availability of care depend, to a large degree, on a state’s ability to deliver services in a variety of community settings and facilities while reducing reliance on flagship, state-owned mental hospitals. Yet those hospitals — which provide high-level, expensive, inpatient treatment for acute cases …

Uneven Efforts, Part Three: Falling Through the Gaps; Community Mental Health Care Continues to Be Vulnerable

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Claremont — Mandy Dube was first hospitalized for mental illness when she was 12 years old. Over the next decade she was diagnosed with serious mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, admitted to New Hampshire Hospital 20 times and received inpatient psychiatric care at four local hospitals. But it was during her 18-month stay …

Campout Will Raise Money to Protect Area Children

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hanover — A campout next month at Storrs Pond Recreation Area will raise money to help end child abuse and aid abuse victims in the Upper Valley. Sponsored by the Upper Valley regional board of Child and Family Services and other local organizations, CampOut for the Cause runs …

To Your Good Health: Adrenal Nodules Can Produce Hormones

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband’s recent CT scan of his stomach and digestive system with and without contrast revealed that he has nodules on both adrenal glands. It was suggested that he undergo a blood test to determine if the nodules are producing hormones. For the past 21 …

N.H. ‘drug czar’ issues expansive list of recommendations to combat opioid crisis

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Concord — As the number of drug deaths in the state climbs, New Hampshire’s drug czar issued his first list of recommendations Tuesday to try to stem the tide of opiate use. Jack Wozmak, the senior director of substance abuse and behavioral health for Gov. Maggie Hassan released …

Uneven Efforts, Part Two: As Mental Health Care Evolved, State Resources Fell Behind

Monday, July 20, 2015

The movement of mental health care out of large institutions and into communities has been underway for decades in both Vermont and New Hampshire. After an initial surge prompted by the availability of new medications and public outrage …

Uneven Efforts, Part One: A Failure to Measure Up; On Mental Health, Twin States Lag

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Observed from a distance, Vermont and New Hampshire may seem very different politically as well as in their approaches to health care reform. Vermont has become a beacon for proponents of government-can-and-should-do-it liberalism, with a willingness to at …

Uneven Efforts Series: Vt. Spends More, but Impact Is Unclear

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Over the past decade, Vermont far outpaced New Hampshire in its rate of spending on mental health care, but an objective assessment of the impact of that resource disparity remains elusive. The disparity, as shown by the National …

To Your Good Health: Sore Jaw Sufferer Seeks Sleep Solution

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have been living with TMJ pain on my right side. I believe my situation is unique in that I experience the pain only at night, initially when lying on my right side. While the level of pain is not excruciating, it’s more than sufficient …

Mass. Islands Face Pot Issue

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Boston — Massachusetts has a cannabis conundrum. State law requires every county to have a dispensary for medical marijuana, but federal regulations forbid the drug from being transported across U.S. waters. That leaves the tourist havens of Martha’s …

Uneven Efforts Series: Evolution of Approach

Sunday, July 19, 2015

During the 19th century, the idea that mental illness could sometimes be treated spread from France to England and to the United States. That spurred the development of hospitals where the mentally ill could be provided refuge and, to some extent, treatment — a trend that eventually touched …

To Your Good Health: Low Lymphocyte Count Is Cause for Concern

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 58-year-old male. Several months ago, I lost 17 pounds, and even though I have gained back about 2 pounds in the past month, I cannot gain the weight back, even by increasing my food intake. I feel tired all the time, and …