Behavioral Health

July 10, 2020

Mission Hospital McDowell Community Tele-forum: June 24, 2020 (Audio)

Mission Hospital McDowell CEO Carol Wolfenbarger and Behavioral Health Specialist Tiffany Bush provided an update on the hospital’s COVID-19 preparations for careful return to normal operations and an overview of the new Outpatient Behavioral Health Program, as well as highlights from the 2019 Impact Report and vision for the year ahead.   Click below to […]

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June 26, 2020

Do You Know the Signs Someone May Need Help with Mental Health?

By Cheri Hinshelwood 5 Ways to Show Support in Stressful Times 1. Communicate. Stop by, call or stay in touch. 2. Connect. Share time or an activity. 3. Don’t try to fix it. The best thing you can do is listen. 4. Encourage physical activity. 5. Ask how you can help. And then follow up. […]

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June 15, 2020

Empowering Healing for Behavioral Health Patients: The Group Approach

By Robert A. Poarch Treating people with behavioral health issues is one of the most sensitive areas of healthcare. It doesn’t help that there are a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions. That’s probably why the thought of a behavioral health group therapy program might seem awkward. The actual results from group therapy, however, are quite […]

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April 23, 2020

Mission Health Behavioral Health Sciences “Self-Care in the Time of Pandemic” Webinar Event, April 21, 2020 (Video)

In case you missed it, Mission Health Behavioral Sciences held a live video webinar event on April 21, 2020 entitled “Self-Care in the Time of Pandemic. “Expert panelists Richard Zenn, MD, Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Mission Health, and Dawn M. Klug, LPC/CEAP/LEAP, Chief Operating Officer/President of Employee Assistance Network, Inc., lead the discussion […]

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March 31, 2020

Coping with Social Distancing and a Change in Routine

By Micah Krempasky, MD I pride myself on routine. I wake in the wee hours of the mornings. My coffee is set to brew precisely two minutes before my alarm chimes. While I sip my hot brew, I turn on a single lamp, sit in the corner spot on the couch and read my morning […]

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March 25, 2020

Behavioral Health during COVID-19 Video Series

Micah Krempasky, MD, and Richard Zenn, MD, psychiatrists with Mission Hospital Behavioral Health, talk about dealing with your emotions and feelings around COVID-19, as well as methods to communicate in a healthy way with your kids and older adults. Coping with Social Distancing (Video transcript) [Micah] So, for anyone who knows me, you will know […]

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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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