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My answers to questions on this blog do not constitute medical advice, but are merely meant to create an educational forum for consumers. It is always best to discuss these issues with your health care provider.
The Joyful Mind Project
September 27 2012

  I had the honor and pleasure of contributing to The Joyful Mind Project, spearheaded by a childhood friend, Kela Price, following her recovery from post-partum depression.  This coffee table style editorial book contains a collection of beautiful photos, inspirational stories and expert advice all designed to empower lives one mind at a time. Please check […]

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Anka Behavioral Health, Inc. Helping Individuals Improve Their Lives
August 27 2012

I am proud to be the Senior Vice President of East Coast Operations and Medical Director of an organization whose focus is to help individuals improve their quality of life.  Anka Behavioral Health, Inc’s mission is to eliminate the impact of behavioral health problems for all people.  It’s a huge mission, and we work on […]

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Tony Scott Suicide–“No Serious Medical Illness”
August 22 2012

This week, successful Director, Tony Scott, committed suicide.  Numerous media and internet outlets report that Scott had “no serious medical problems.”  I urge you to consider that he may have had a serious medical illness whose lethality is notoriously  unappreciated:  Major Depression.  I never examined Scott, so it would be inappropriate to make a diagnosis. […]

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Dr. Harrison Appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University
August 16 2012

I am honored to have accepted an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Emory University School of Nursing. Check out the full press release on Anka BHI’s website at: http://www.ankabhi.org/ankastaffconnections.html

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President Obama on Addiction as a Public Health Problem
April 28 2012

I was elated with President Obama’s answer to the tweet question “Are you going to legalize weed or what?” while on the Jimmy Fallon Show. In a nutshell, he emphasized that we can’t only think of the legal system, but must address addiction as a public health problem including prevention, education and treatment. The President […]

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SAMHSA Releases Tip 54: Chronic Pain in Addiction
April 25 2012

Thank you SAMHSA!!! Physicians have been waiting for evidence-based guidance on how to manage chronic pain disorders in individuals with chronic pain. Check out TIP 54 at this link: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-54-Managing-Chronic-Pain-in-Adults-With-or-in-Recovery-From-Substance-Use-Disorders/SMA12-4671

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Dr. Harrison LIVE on television Tuesday 4/17/2012
April 15 2012

Hey! Do you have Comcast?! Tune in or set your DVR for Comcast Channel 25 this Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. to catch Breakthru Board Member Nzinga A. Harrison, MD and Executive Director Melanie Storrusten LIVE on DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson’s television show!!

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Addiction Survivors Series
March 19 2012

Please submit the story of an individual you know who has been successful in the life of Recovery from drugs and alcohol. Names are not necessary. I would like the series to highlight that Recovery is indeed possible…and more than that… AWESOME!!

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Addiction Survivors Series
February 20 2012

I thought Wendy Williams took the opportunity to truly honor Whitney Houston by telling the world of her addiction and success at 15 years of sobriety.  You can see her heartfelt words at this link:  Wendy’s Thoughts on the Passing of Whitney Houston Watching that clip as well as a long life discussion with an […]

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Virginia Lee Franklin Conference a Huge Success!
February 20 2012

The Annual Virginia Lee Franklin conference at Emory University was a huge success. Over 225 nurses and other professionals participated in a workshop on Identifying Physical Symptoms associated with Psychiatric Disorders. This is a very important topic that literally save lives. Thank you to all who attended!

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