Mental Health

November 5, 2018

What Stigma? Always Tell Your Doctor about Anxiety or Depression

By Jesse Pace, DO Around 40 million adults in the US live with an anxiety disorder, impacting 18 percent of the population and making it the most common mental illness in the US. About 16 million people live with depression every year. While both anxiety and depression can be managed, not even 40 percent of […]

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September 7, 2018

What Keeps Us from Getting the Care We Need? Social Determinants of Health

By Gabriel Cade, MD If I see you in the emergency department and end up sending you home it means that I think you’re going to live through your recent illness or injury. But that might not mean that you’re all of a sudden completely “healthy,” right? You’ve still got to take care of yourself. […]

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September 6, 2018

“Don’t Wait. Communicate.” How to Plan Before Emergency Strikes

By Samantha Kappalman Are you prepared when the unexpected happens? Part of our personal wellness includes being prepared in the event of an emergency. As summer comes to a close and the kids are back in school, now is an ideal time to revisit or create your personal and/or family emergency plans. The best time […]

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August 31, 2018

Mission Health Signs Definitive Agreement To Be Acquired By HCA Healthcare

Purchase agreement ensures access to high quality care for everyone in western North Carolina and provides exceptional protections for rural communities; Creates largest per capita foundation in America. Mission Health’s Board of Directors announced today that Mission Health and HCA Healthcare (HCA) have entered into a definitive agreement for HCA to acquire Mission Health. The […]

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July 20, 2018

Ask the Doctor – Bariatric Surgery: A Q&A about Weight-Loss Surgery

Wondering if bariatric surgery is right for you? Are you right for bariatric surgery? Wondering what bariatric surgery is? We asked our expert at Mission Weight Management, Garth Davis, some questions about weight-loss surgery. Q: What makes someone a good candidate for bariatric surgery? A: There are criteria for weight-loss surgery that are based on […]

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July 19, 2018

To Vent or Not to Vent – What Happens When You “Bottle Up” Your Emotions

By Audrey Ulke, Licensed Psychologist “Bottling up” your emotions means blocking or suppressing your feelings instead of expressing yourself. You may do this for a variety of reasons, such as having a fear of showing signs of weakness, avoiding talking about a situation because you don’t want to feel negative emotions or misguidedly believing that […]

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June 8, 2018

Suicide – Know That There’s Always Help and Recognize the Warning Signs

By Darren Boice Director of Ambulatory Behavioral Health, Mission Health Recent high-profile suicides in the news tell us something that we are very familiar with in western North Carolina: the numbers of people dying by suicide are increasing and they are people we know. The key information is that there are ways we can all […]

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November 13, 2017

Grieving During the Holidays – You Are Not Alone, Support Is Available

By Tyra L. Goodman Bereavement Counselor and Clinical Social Worker, CarePartners The death of a loved one can cause tremendous grief, and the holidays often compound the experience of loss to an almost insurmountable feeling. Grief can have you feeling confused, mindless, overwhelmed, anxious, alone, fatigued, unmotivated, numb, moody, clumsy and restless. You might feel […]

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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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