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Mental Health with Dr. Surita Rao is an interactive show focusing on everyday behavioral health issues. The program’s focus is on common behavioral health conditions, including depression, drug and alcohol problems, anger management, stress and other emotional challenges we face in our day-to-day lives. In addition, behavioral health conditions such as mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and ADHD will be discussed. You are invited to participate in the discussion of mental health, relationships and rehabilitation, and share your experiences.




Saint Francis Behavioral Health Group, P.C. 500 Blue Hills Avenue Hartford, CT 06105 860-714-2470


The use of Chinese medicine and aromatherapy for patients with behavioral h


Duration: 00:55:50

Special Encore Presentation: Stress and Work Life Balance: Show Introductio

Stress, especially everyday stress seems to have become a background theme o our lives. We have simultaneously become desensitized to it and fearfully accepting of it. In this show Dr. Surita Rao, a psychiatrist and her guest, Tom Romans, a licensed clinical social worker will discuss the far reaching negative effects that stress can have on our mind and body and simple way to counteract or minimize stress in our lives. Listeners will be welcome to call in to share their own experiences or...

Duration: 00:56:13

Self Esteem and Body Issues amongst Teenage Girls

Ms. Dylan Graetz, a medical student, from the University of Connecticut Medical School who is also is working on a master's in public health discusses these issues based on her research in a slum in Mumbai, India and her experiences in the United States.

Duration: 00:53:01

The Interface between Primary Care and Behavioral Health

As we go through our live, events may occur that derail us. Maybe it is the death of loved one, a divorce or loss of a job or even a high level of stress in our lives. A person may start to wonder if this is just regular sadness and worrying or are they developing a clinical depression or anxiety disorder. Where should this person turn to for some initial screening and help? Most people do not know a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practioner. The health care provider who is familiar...

Duration: 00:54:01

Genetics of alcoholism : nature and nurture intersect to create a life thre

Alcohol use disorders have significant genetic underpinnings. Yet, no one inherits an absolute certainty that they will develop alcoholism. in order to develop an addictive illness the brain has to be exposed to addictive substances. A person who has a genetic vulnerability to develop alcoholism has. Far greater chance of developing the disease if they drink regularly or even if they drink at all. Dr. Victor Hesselbrock, an internationally renowned researcher is a guest on this week's show...

Duration: 00:53:49

Consultation liaison psychiatry : The medical psychiatric interface

This episode highlights consultation liason psychiatry. When patients are being treated for medical or surgical conditions either as inpatients in a hospital or on an outpatient basis, they may need help for an exacerbation of a preexisting psychiatric issue or support and treatment of anxiety, depression and other symptoms that may have arisen as a result of the stress of being sick or even as a symptom of an underlying medical problem. Psychiatrists practicing consultation liason...

Duration: 00:52:57

Caring for the caregiver.

Many people in our society, predominantly women are taking care of loved ones with chronic illnesses or aging related conditions today. Care giving can be very rewarding but also create a unique type of emotional and psychological stress. This week’s show features Ms. Deena Williamson, who is a specialist in the care of the elderly. We will discuss creating a balance between the needs of the loved one who needs looking after and your own as a caretaker is crucial to remain a happy, well...

Duration: 00:52:07

Women, drugs and pregnancy

Women suffer from drug and alcohol addiction in large numbers in society. Yet, they often remain actively using and fearful of seeking treatment. Even today there is more social stigma and shame associated with any type of addictive illness among women than with their male counterparts. Society also has preconceived ideas about what a mother should be and having an active addiction does not fit with their idea of a good mother. This show features Dr. Richard Soper as a guest. He is an...

Duration: 00:55:50

Special Encore Presentation: Addiction: Brain disease or a lack of willpowe

Dr. Surita Rao , a psychiatrist specializing in addiction and Stephanie Krulewitz , a licensed therapist will discuss the concept of addiction as a brain disease, treatment implications and options . Social issues , barriers and stigma factoring into people being able and willing to access treatment and recovery will also be explored.

Duration: 00:56:12

Integrative and holistic approaches to child psychiatry

This weeks' show will discuss incorporating alternative and integrative medicine techniques into the mainstream allopathic based psychiatric care of children with mental illness. There are many helpful diet, lifestyle and nutraceutical remedies that can help child and adolescent patients dealing with behavioral health issues. Dr. Trace Krasnow, a child psychiatrist with an unique background and interest in integrative medicine will be a guest on the show to discuss a holistic approach to...

Duration: 00:52:19

The use of alternative medicine to treat children and adolescents with ment


Duration: 00:54:23

Mindfulness : Everyday techniques to calm your mind and spirit

As we make our way brought our increasingly busy , hectic lives, with a million moments where we feel the pressure of time, schedules or time bound deadlines, we can get stressed and frazzled leading to many negative effects on our minds and bodies. Is there a way to incorporate mindfulness into our everyday lives as we go about our day or do we have to go to a spa or yoga studio to slow down and calm our brains. Carol Tyler, a registered dietician with a unique background in clinical...

Duration: 00:55:47

Addiction: Brain disease or a lack of willpower

Dr. Surita Rao , a psychiatrist specializing in addiction and Stephanie Krulewitz , a licensed therapist will discuss the concept of addiction as a brain disease, treatment implications and options . Social issues , barriers and stigma factoring into people being able and willing to access treatment and recovery will also be explored.

Duration: 00:56:07