Mental Health Education

Child Mental Health Advisor at Refuat Hanefesh
Hannah Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. She completed her Bachelor’s in Nursing at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a Master’s of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing from the University of Illinois-Chicago, where she trained as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Subsequently, Hannah received her second master's degree from the University of St. Francis, where she trained as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Currently, she works at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in outpatient psychiatry, where she treats children and adolescents with a broad range of mental illness. In her practice, she frequently sees mental health stigma as a barrier to the care that so many desperately need, and she is excited about this opportunity to alleviate stigma and cultivate awareness within the Jewish community!
Hannah Goldberg

Nowadays, it seems everyone has ADHD. In fact, this has been termed the “ADD generation”. What’s the difference between someone who actually has ADHD and someone who is accustomed to multitasking and constant entertainment?

Aryeh grew up in Toronto, Canada. He studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel and completed a bachelor's degree in Philosophy at Yeshiva University. He received his medical doctorate from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and pursued a master's degree in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University's Graduate School. He is currently at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. He is committed to decreasing societal stigma around mental illness and to promote mental health awareness and access throughout our communities.
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What is Borderline Personality Disorder? Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) refers to a cluster of behaviors and psychiatric symptoms characterized by instability and impulsivity.   People with this disorder may report chronic feelings of emptiness, fear of abandonment, unpredictable mood swings, unstable relationships and frequent changes in their values, life goals or self-perception. They often engage Read More …

Vice President at Refuat Hanefesh
Avi J. Gordon, PsyD, grew up Toronto, Canada and is currently a pre-Doctoral Intern at Faulk Center For Counseling in Boca Rio, Florida. He is a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate at Loyola University of Maryland and obtained his M.A. in Psychology from Columbia University. Avi’s clinical experiences at college clinics and outpatient mental health centers include anxiety, depressive, and personality disorders, as well as complicated grief, relationships, and various identity and developmental factors. His research interests include emerging-adult religious and spiritual identity. He is passionate about the mission of Refuat Hanefesh and spreading mental health education and awareness in an effort to ensure access to care for those who may need it. When he’s not working, he can be found rollerblading, playing music or ice hockey. Avi can be reached at avigordon@refuathanefesh.org
Avi Gordon, PsyD

They say Trump is a narcissist, Clinton suffers from antisocial personality disorder and Britney Spears has borderline personality disorder. Is it really true? How do we make sense of these terms being passed around and what does it actually mean to have a personality disorder?

Have you ever wondered why some people have traumatic experiences and recover uneventfully, while others go on to develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)? The answer to this question is complex with several factors at play. Before we list these determinants, let’s describe PTSD.

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Founder and President at Refuat Hanefesh
Dr. Ariel Mintz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After spending two years learning in Israel, at Derech Eitz Chaim and Shaalivm, he earned his BA in Psychology at Yeshiva Univesity in New York. He went on to obtain his MD at Oakland University William Beaumont School of medicine and trained in adult psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and is a practicing psychiatrist in Cleveland, Ohio. He has received awards for his research, academic performance, and service to the Jewish community. He has a supportive and talented wife and three wonderful children. He is very passionate about destigmatizing mental illness and bringing comfort to those who are suffering. Ariel can be reached at arielmintz@refuathanefesh.org.
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“My good fortune is not that I’ve recovered from mental illness. I have not, nor will I ever. My good fortune lies in having found my life.” Elyn Saks- Successful lawyer who has schizophrenia   When people hear of a Schizophrenic, they generally have a strong, fearful reaction. Many view these individuals as dangerous, unpredictable, Read More …

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Founder and President at Refuat Hanefesh
Dr. Ariel Mintz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After spending two years learning in Israel, at Derech Eitz Chaim and Shaalivm, he earned his BA in Psychology at Yeshiva Univesity in New York. He went on to obtain his MD at Oakland University William Beaumont School of medicine and trained in adult psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and is a practicing psychiatrist in Cleveland, Ohio. He has received awards for his research, academic performance, and service to the Jewish community. He has a supportive and talented wife and three wonderful children. He is very passionate about destigmatizing mental illness and bringing comfort to those who are suffering. Ariel can be reached at arielmintz@refuathanefesh.org.
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“When you are happy you enjoy the music. But, when you are sad you understand the lyrics” -Frank Ocean What is Bipolar Disorder? The phrase “That person is so bipolar” is pejoratively used to describe someone who rapidly gets angry. But, what does it truly mean to be “Bipolar”?

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Founder and President at Refuat Hanefesh
Dr. Ariel Mintz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After spending two years learning in Israel, at Derech Eitz Chaim and Shaalivm, he earned his BA in Psychology at Yeshiva Univesity in New York. He went on to obtain his MD at Oakland University William Beaumont School of medicine and trained in adult psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and is a practicing psychiatrist in Cleveland, Ohio. He has received awards for his research, academic performance, and service to the Jewish community. He has a supportive and talented wife and three wonderful children. He is very passionate about destigmatizing mental illness and bringing comfort to those who are suffering. Ariel can be reached at arielmintz@refuathanefesh.org.
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“We can not change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand” – Randy Pausch   Ok, so I understand that depressive disorders are common and that there are many factors that contribute to its development. But, what can I do about it and does it even need to be treated?