Mental Health

August 28, 2017

Mental Health Matters – Separating Fact from Fiction

Dramatic scenes from popular movies may have slanted our views on mental health. Britt Peterson, MD, MPH, DFAPA, a psychiatrist with Mission Psychiatric Services and the Fresh Start Behavioral Health Program of Transylvania Regional Hospital, takes a closer look at the facts. Myth – Mental illness is not a real medical problem; it’s a personal weakness. […]

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June 8, 2017

Fidget Spinners – Helping Children Focus or Just a Trivial Fad?

By Gabe Bryson Fidget spinners – the relatively simple, easy-to-grasp objects – have taken over as the next big fad among children. Given their name, one may wonder if there is any practical purpose for the spinners outside of pure entertainment. “The use of fidgets has long been a support option for many children who […]

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April 19, 2017

Living with Autism – Raising a Child on the Spectrum Affects Everyone in the Family

By Michelle Porter Tiernan A child with autism develops differently compared to his or her peers. The differences can be subtle, or they may be severe. Signs of autism in children are problems in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Raising a child diagnosed with autism can be challenging — not just […]

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April 13, 2017

Knowing the Difference Between Anxiety and Depression, and How to Treat Them Both

Anxiety and depression are very common, and can be completely normal symptoms of everyday life. Anxiety is a normal response in your mind to notify you of a potentially dangerous or stressful situation, and is intended to protect you from the dangers in our world. While on the other hand, depression is a normal mood […]

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April 13, 2017

Poetry and Healing – What’s the Connection?

By Robert A. Poarch Can something as simple as a sonnet help with healing and grieving? April is Poetry Month. That’s the perfect time to take a moment to briefly delve into this subject with a short, and insightful, Q&A with Marie Langlois, a bereavement counselor with CarePartners. How can reading poetry help someone heal? […]

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December 14, 2016

Sorrow in Times of Celebration – Coping with Grief During the Holidays

By Jason Schneider For most people, the holidays are a time of counting blessings and spending time with family and friends. But for many others, this time of year serves as a reminder of what they’ve lost. How do you cope with grief during the holidays? Diane Brooks, MACE, manages the Safe Harbor Grief program […]

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October 28, 2016

Vote Good Health: Elect to Make Simple Changes to Relieve Stress

By Erin Young Stressed out? Instead of sitting all day at your desk, get in a little stress-busting workout with these six exercises. 6 Desk Exercises, Office Relaxation and Stress Relievers   Paper Pushups – Good for: Strengthening arms How to do it: With both hands on your desk, walk your feet back to a 45 […]

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April 21, 2016

Breaking Good: TV Binge-Watching and Your Health

Hooked on watching The Walking Dead or Portlandia by the season? Or perhaps you plan to wait until the entire season of Game of Thrones becomes available, instead of watching in real-time each week? According to research released at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in November 2015, binge-watching is “significantly associated with TV […]

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December 17, 2015

Grief at the Holidays: Finding Ways to Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

By Tyra Goodman Bereavement Counselor, CarePartners There’s no doubt the holidays are a hectic and stressful time. But when you are also grieving the loss of a loved one, the season can be a painful reminder of their absence. This time of year can be especially challenging for grievers, as the holidays are presented as […]

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January 26, 2015

7 HEALTH BENEFITS OF READING

I have always enjoyed reading books—print, digital and audio. That’s a large part of the reason why I became an editor many years ago. I also enjoy working here at Mission Health. I especially like it when something I love and my job meet in fun ways.

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