When Someone Really Listens, We Heal

From: Good Therapy Never underestimate the power of talking with someone who really listens. Our culture doesn’t encourage people to talk about their emotional pain. Our culture teaches people to suppress their feelings. People tell each other not to “whine” about problems or not to … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Stop Yourself from Eating When You’re not Hungry

From: Psych Central The fridge door is open and you’re peering inside, feeling bored, lonely or sad. But you’re not actually hungry. You know that eating what’s in front of you isn’t the answer. You know you’re just going to feel awful, if you do. But what are some things you can think, … [Read more...]

Low Dose of Ecstasy Reduces People’s Ability to Recognize Sad Faces: Study Shows

  From: PsyPost Methylenedioxymethamphetamine — the drug commonly known as ecstasy or molly — increases emotional empathy and reduces the recognition of sad faces while having no effect on moral judgments, according to new research. In the study, published in the Journal of … [Read more...]

10 Introductory Questions Therapists Commonly Ask

From: Psych Central Therapy is about the fine art of asking directive questions. So what should you expect from your first appointment with a counselor, social worker or psychologist? The answer is simple: You should expect easy, brain-expanding questions, questions and more questions. A “change … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support the Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia

Summit Race Matters

Highland Hospital is proud to support the Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia scheduled for November 10-11, 2014 at the WV Culture Center and Four Points Sheraton in Charleston, WV. The Summit will offer a unique opportunity for people from throughout West Virginia to participate in a … [Read more...]

Highland CEO Has Big Plans For Hospital

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  From: Charleston Gazette By: Lydia Nuzum Charleston, WV...When Cynthia Persily arrived at Highland Hospital in Charleston a little more than a year ago, the nurse-by-trade who had spent the last two decades in education was ready to make strides in mental health. “My goal when I came … [Read more...]

Glitz Glamour & Ice: Highland Foundation Gala Getting Close


The Highland Foundation Gala is getting excitedly closer. Mark your calendar for November 22, 2014 from 6-10:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV. Imagine sparkling jewelry, a dazzling atmosphere, stunning furs, fine foods, brilliant fellowship, spirited beverages, wonderful auction … [Read more...]

Put Your Phone Away and Pay Attention to Your Kids

From: Psych Central By: Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.   This psychologist is worried. It seems that everywhere I go a sizable number of the parents are ignoring their kids. At the grocery store: Mom is pushing one child in the cart. Two others are hanging onto the sides — when they’re not … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Convince an Addict to Get Help

From: Psych Central Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they need. Here are six suggestions on how to convince a person dealing with substance abuse to get help. Family … [Read more...]

The Importance of Letting Go of What We Can’t Change

From: Everyday Health By: Therese Borchard I met with a new doctor yesterday. I’ve been interviewing them like babysitters lately. “Do you believe there is such a thing as a mood disorder?” I asked him. “Yes,” he replied. “At least in language there is.” “When and why did you … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Personal Fears of Americans

From: Psy Blog The first comprehensive survey of what Americans are afraid of has revealed that top of the list of personal fears is ‘walking alone at night’, not ‘public speaking’. The full top 5 list of personal fears is: Walking alone at night. Becoming the victim of identity … [Read more...]

Science Points to the Single Most Valuable Personality Trait

From: Time Research is pointing to conscientiousness as the one-trait-to-rule-them-all in terms of future success, both career-wise and personal. “It would actually be nice if there were some negative things that went along with conscientiousness,” Roberts told me. “But at this point it’s … [Read more...]

How to Connect With Your Passion So You Can Be At You Best

From: Psych Central  An uninspired and passionless life can start to feel exhausting. Without pursuing our passions, existence becomes lifeless and dull and we get stuck in a tedious rut of predictability. That is why we all need to have inspiration and passion in our day to day life. Think … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital-Charleston CEO Friday Message

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Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN   Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV Last week was the first in a series of profiles of our employees that I will be doing over the year. I will typically only profile an employee about once a month, but this week, I just have to share … [Read more...]

Highland TV Show Highlights The Education Alliance & USCAA National Soccer Tournament

Highland Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way. The show is a collaboration with Highland Hospital, Kanawha County Schools and Suddenlink. The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support the FCA Sports Memorabilia Auction


  Highland Hospital is proud to support the 14th Annual FCA Sports Auction on November 4, 2014 beginning at 5:30 with the Silent Auction. The Live Auction is set for 7:00. The event will take place at the St George Orthodox Church on Court and Lee Streets in Charleston, WV.  Some of the … [Read more...]

20 Ways You Might Be Punishing Yourself

From: Psych Central Many issues we face would make much more sense if we simply admitted up front that we feel we deserve to be punished. And our various problem behaviors and feelings serve that purpose. Seriously. At least we’d be starting from a practical and productive place. Instead, … [Read more...]

Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts

From: NPR By: Amy Standen  The important thing is that Meghan knew something was wrong. When I met her, she was 23, a smart, wry young woman living with her mother and stepdad in Simi Valley, about an hour north of Los Angeles. Meghan had just started a training program to become a respiratory … [Read more...]

The Power of Kindness

  From: Psych Central The last few months have been hard for me. I’ve had some issues with depression and paranoia. Living with schizophrenia is a rollercoaster and even little blips can turn into crises. This depression, though, has had me feeling a deep sense of loneliness. The … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Behavioral Health Technician Receives ‘Child Care Worker of the Year’


Highland Hospital's own Danny Healy received the prestigious Child Care Worker of the Year at the West Virginia Child Care Association annual conference on October 22, 2014. Danny has been working at Highland since 1988. His responsibilities include: day to day supervision of our adolescent … [Read more...]