Highland Hospital-Charleston CEO Friday Message

  Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN   Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV This week, First Lady Michelle Obama was quoted as saying “Our mental health is just as vital as our physical health, so it’s time we start treating it that way”. Bravo! We need it to be … [Read more...]

The Teenage Brain is Primed for Learning

From: Psych Central  By: Leigh Pretnar Cousin, MS   What was he thinking? Is there a parent out there who can’t relate to the first sentence of The Teenage Brain, by Frances E. Jensen, MD? She’s a neuroscientist specializing in adolescent brain development and the mother of two teenage … [Read more...]

10 Everyday Habits To Make You A Calmer Person

From: Mind Body Green By: Jacqueline Stone Have you ever taken the time to observe a naturally calm person? They're a sight to behold — the way they glide through the day with ease, not rushed and exuding quiet confidence. I imagine you envy them as I do. Truly calm people are a … [Read more...]

Am I Bipolar or Just Moody?

From: Web MD By: Barbara Brody Am I Bipolar? No one's mood is stable 100% of the time. It's normal to feel down when you hit a rough patch and elated when life goes your way. But if you have bipolar disorder, the highs and lows are a lot more extreme, and they can … [Read more...]

Busy Is a Sickness

From: Huffington Post By: Scott Dannemiller I'm busy. I don't know about you, but anytime I am asked, "How's it going?", I never just say "fine" anymore. Instead, my stock response is always some degree of frazzled. The scale ranges from "busy" to "crazy busy" to "nutballs." The good news is, my … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Increase Motivation

From: Psych Central By: Laura Meyer I hear it all the time: “I’m not motivated.” For many of my clients, they are referring to not having the motivation to perform basic life responsibilities such as paying bills, cleaning the house, making calls, and taking care of their health. When do … [Read more...]

The Health Risks of Cyberbullying in College

From: CNN By: Sandee LaMotte "I hope she sees this and kills herself." - message to Amanda Todd "The world would be a better place without you." - message to Megan Meier Infamous quotes from famous cases of teenage cyberbullying, each ending tragically with the victim taking her life. … [Read more...]

New Suggestions to Encourage Healthy Eating

From: Psych Central By: Rick Nauert, Ph.D.   Emerging research challenges strategies that have historically been used to encourage healthy eating. Four new perspectives were presented in a symposium, “Challenging Misconceptions About the Psychology of Food Choice,” presented at the Society … [Read more...]

Suicide Rates Rising for Older US Adults

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From: Psy Post Suicide rates for adults between 40 and 64 years of age in the U.S. have risen about 40% since 1999, with a sharp rise since 2007. One possible explanation could be the detrimental effects of the economic downturn of 2007-2009, leading to disproportionate effects on house values, … [Read more...]