Behavioral Health

May 6, 2019

Spring Slump? Don’t Ignore Your Mental Well-being

Just when most people feel energized because it is spring, others want to pull the covers over their heads. Seasonal change can be harder on those with anxiety and depression. Speaking with your primary care physician can be a first step in feeling better. “Often patients dismiss their earliest suspicions of depression or anxiety,” said […]

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May 1, 2019

Tough Conversations – Teens Opening Up About Their Health

Memes. Texts. Gifs. While teens keep things light with friends, studies show they want to know more about important topics that can affect their overall adult health but are reluctant to talk with parents present. Just when teens are exploring their interests and boundaries, an open relationship with their physician could be a roadmap to […]

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July 3, 2018

Helping Kids with Tourette Syndrome Regain Confidence – A New Tic Protocol

Kelly Hughes’ son Aidan, age 12, has Tourette syndrome, and as a result has experienced tics throughout most of his childhood. Over time, he developed more complex tics, as well as co-occurring conditions like ADHD and OCD. As diagnoses piled up, and doctors continued offering the family new theories and suggestions as to how to […]

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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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January 4, 2018

Linked Program Pilot Supports Autistic Children at Asheville Surgery Center

By Lisa A. Clark, MSN, RN, PCCN There is a saying frequently heard about autism: “If you have met a person with autism, that’s all you have done is met one person.” Realizing that each autistic person having surgery at the Asheville Surgery Center (ASC) needs individualized care, a multidisciplinary team recently implemented the evidence-based […]

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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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May 5, 2017

Speech and Language Disorders in Children – How to Identify Them Early

By Regina Edwards Speech Pathologist The second most common reason for special education services in public schools is speech/language impairment. But in some cases, early intervention can reverse or even prevent these impairments. Early intervention helps children develop communication skills during periods of high neuroplasticity, when the brain is best able to form neural connections […]

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April 25, 2017

The Next Big Step – Helping Children with Special Healthcare Needs Transition to Adulthood

Most parents start planning for a child to leave the nest around his or her junior year of high school. Their family becomes busy with activities like scouting colleges, applying for financial aid and securing temporary housing. But eventually, the adult child strikes out on his or her own, and the parents’ role becomes minimal. […]

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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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