Eating Strategies During The Holiday Season

From: Psych Central You will see plenty of articles about the average number of calories in a Thanksgiving meal and how horrifying this is supposed to be. You’ll see plenty of articles on which foods you can eat and which foods you should never ever ever consume. You’ll see articles portraying … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support Parkinson’s Research

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Highland Hospital is proud to once again this year to support the WV Parkinson's Support Network and research for Parkinson's. On December 2nd and 3rd, 2014 Papa Johns is donating 20% of any menu item purchased from participating Papa Johns Restaurants to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in Connie … [Read more...]

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Guilt

From: Psychology Today  Guilt is a common feeling of emotional distress that signals us when our actions or inactions have caused or might cause harm to another person—physical, emotional, or otherwise. Because guilt typically occurs in "micro-bursts" of brief signals, we often underestimate the … [Read more...]

Want To Raise Mentally Strong Kids? Don’t Do These Three Things

From: Psych Central Raising kids is hard enough. And given the multitude of things kids are exposed to, just trying to keep them out of harm’s way is tough enough, yet trying to provide the types of experiences that lead to resilient, strong, hard working, and kind individuals can feel like an … [Read more...]

60 Things to Be Grateful For In Life

From: Tiny Budda “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~Cynthia Ozick How often do you pause to appreciate what you have in life? When I was young, I took things for granted. I believe many other kids did so, as well. After all, we were young and we … [Read more...]

Why Some Kids Bounce Back from Challenges and Others Don’t

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From: Psych Central By: Heather Gilmore, LLMSW Here is an amazing info graphic I came across from the blog of Renee Jain, MAPP, called Stress Better here on Psych Central. It describes why some kids are able to bounce back when they experience a challenging situation while other kids struggle to … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving with Your Difficult Family


From: Psych Central For some families, holidays are just another excuse to get together to eat good food and to have a good time. They’re not looking for articles like this one because they’ve somehow figured out the formula for successful family togetherness with minimum stress. If you have a … [Read more...]

Laugh it Up: Why Laughing Brings Us Closer Together

From: Psych Alive Having the last laugh may be more important than you think…literally. New research reveals that the physical act of laughing can actually elevate an individual’s pain threshold. Whether you’re rolling on the ground in stitches over the latest YouTube video with friends, … [Read more...]

Me, Myself, and I: Best Friends Forever

From: Good Therapy Becoming your own best friend is the most powerful thing you can do to care for yourself in a compassionate, loving, and forgiving manner. We are all unbelievably hard on ourselves on a daily basis. We do not need to read about standards of beauty, intelligence, and performance … [Read more...]

Self-Acceptance is the Key to a Healthier Self-Image

From: Psych Central By: Jeffrey T. Guterman, Ph.D. Perhaps no issue is more important to emotional well-being than our sense of self. This is especially true in Western cultures that emphasize autonomy and independence. Much of the field of mental health seems intent on understanding self-image … [Read more...]

What Is A Therapist’s Job?

From: Healthy Place By: Tony Schirtzinger, MSSW, CICSW What is the job of a therapist? To listen? Anybody can do that, and for free! I've had two therapists that just stole my money. What is the job of a therapist? Are they supposed to give advice or just sit there? Are they supposed to help … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital-Charleston CEO Friday Message

Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN   Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV This month, we had our very first Employee Open Forum at Highland Hospital. At this forum, I let our employees know that they were free to talk to me about anything and everything that concerned them, … [Read more...]

Highland TV Show Highlights Hospice Care WV & Parkinson’s Research

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...]

Job Opening at Highland Hospital

Highland Hospital has an opening for a full-time therapist. The successful candidate will provide individual, family and group mental health or substance abuse therapy for adults, adolescents and children.  Other responsibilities may include crisis intervention to patients and families in acute … [Read more...]

More Bad News About Sitting: It May Harm Workers’ Mental Health

From: Psychological Science For many people, sitting at a desk for hours at a time is just part of the job, even as research continues to reveal links between prolonged sitting and a number of serious health issues ranging from a heightened risk of Type 2 diabetes to increased rates of obesity and … [Read more...]

Glitz Glamour & Ice – Highland Hospital Foundation Gala Is Upon Us


OK, the Highland Foundation Gala is here!. This Saturday, 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 items, rockin’ music and … [Read more...]

9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try

From: Psych Central As all the kids line up to go to school, your son, Timmy, turns to you and says, “I don’t want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don’t make me go.” You cringe and think, Here we go again. What should be a simple morning routine explodes into a daunting … [Read more...]

When it Comes to Teen Alcohol Use, Close Friends have More Influence Than Peers

From: Psy Post  A recent study by an Indiana University researcher has found that adolescents’ alcohol use is influenced by their close friends’ use, regardless of how much alcohol they think their general peers consume. Jonathon Beckmeyer, assistant professor in the Department of Applied … [Read more...]

The Veneer of Civilization: Stop the Violence

From: Psychiatric Times By: Allan Tasman, MD At the start of my residency, my supervisor and I were discussing a patient whom a fellow resident had evaluated for intermittent violent and aggressive behavior. At that early stage of training, I was confused because the patient was a successful man … [Read more...]

What Does Your Habits Manifesto Look Like?

From: Psych Central By: Gretchen Rubin Writing a personal manifesto is a great exercise for clarifying your thinking — and it’s also a creative, absorbing process. I’ve written my Twelve Personal Commandments, and I also collect Secrets of Adulthood, which aren’t manifestos but are … [Read more...]