Mental Health

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 […]

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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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April 19, 2017

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

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 for parents, but everyone […]

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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? We 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? When people read poetry that touches an experience that they can identify with, […]

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December 14, 2016

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

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 at CarePartners Hospice […]

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