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Our Oak Park Office

Check Out Our New Oak Park Office! If you live in Oak Park, River Forest, Berwyn, Cicero, Riverside, Maywood, Elmwood Park or the west side of Chicago,  CCS services are now easily available to you. Our new Oak Park office is located on 1101 Lake Street, Suite 302, Oak Park, Illinois. It is just two blocks east of Harlem on Lake Street in downtown Oak Park. Come check us out! To find out more about the Oak Park … Read entire article »

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Bill Giving Psychologists RX Authority Puts Patients at Risk

Bill Giving Psychologists RX Authority Puts Patients at Risk

State legislation has been considering a bill, called RxP, that would give psychologists the authority to prescribe medications even though they have no medical training. Proponents of the bill say that RxP will improve access to mental health services in Illinois, but opponents of the bill, including Dr. Martinez, disagree. In an op-ed in the Illinois Observer about the issue, Dr. Martinez states that it is “dangerous to dilute the quality of care [due to … Read entire article »

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Depressed Diabetics May Be More Vulnerable to Kidney Disease

Depressed Diabetics May Be More Vulnerable to Kidney Disease

A study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology shows diabetics that displayed a number of signs and symptoms of depression described as “major depression” had an 85 percent higher risk of developing kidney failure. The connection between depression and kidney disease was most notable among the patients with major depression. It is not clear how depression is related to kidney disease, but other studies have shown that depression affects cardiovascular … Read entire article »

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Cannabis Use Amoung Adult Teens Causes Brain Abnormalities

Cannabis Use Amoung Adult Teens Causes Brain Abnormalities

A study in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that recreational cannabis use among adult teens results in abnormalities in the nucleus accumbens and amygdala. These results extend prior studies that show that drugs of abuse are related with structural abnormalities in the brain and related disruptions in behavior. To find out more, click here. … Read entire article »

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Meditation Shown to Have Positive Impacts on Mental Health

Meditation Shown to Have Positive Impacts on Mental Health

The journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience published an interesting article (Nov., 2012) depicting the possible health benefits of meditation.  Those who focused on compassion for 20 minutes a day for 8 weeks increased the levels of activation in the amygdala, a brain center focusing on things like emotions, memory and attention.  This correlated with lower levels of depression.  To read more, click here. … Read entire article »

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