Highland Hospital-Charleston CEO Friday Message

2013-11-12 16.11.22

Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN   Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV This weekend, we celebrate Labor Day, a day set aside to honor workers and the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. While Labor Day was originally … [Read more...]

How Parents of Anxious Children Can Avoid the ‘Protection Trap’

From: Medical News Today Parents naturally comfort their children when they are scared, but new research shows that some reactions may actually reinforce their children's feelings of anxiety. A new Arizona State University study shows that parents whose children suffer from anxiety often fall … [Read more...]

Make it about Today

From: Psych Central By: Jessica Beltran A friend of mine once asked me how I managed to get through a painful divorce. She asked because she saw me broken once and now I seemed complete again. And not only did I seem complete, but happy. “How did you get through it?” she asked me crying. Her … [Read more...]

The Crucial Factor in Making Real Change in Your Life

From: Psych Central By: Linda and Charlie Bloom  “People don’t change.” If I had a nickel for every time I heard that sentence, I’d be rich. And it is a sentence, not just grammatically-speaking, but those words sentence the speaker and anyone who has a close relationship with him or her … [Read more...]

Highland TV Show Highlights Prestera Center and Generation Charleston

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...]

Harvard Public Health Magazine Extra: Stress & Health

From: Harvard Public Health “It’s quite stunning we haven’t been hearing more about this,” says Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication at Harvard School of Public Health. “We talk about poverty and inequality resulting from the recession, but we do not … [Read more...]

Owning a Dog Can Help You Lose Weight

From: Psych Central Researchers from the University of Liverpool recommend investing in dog owner education and facilities as a strategy to target physical inactivity and problems such as obesity in both people and their pets. In a new study, investigators reviewed scientific papers published … [Read more...]

Addiction in the United States – Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For

From: Sober Freedom For many people in the U.S., serious drug addiction isn’t an issue. They are able to use drugs and alcohol in a recreational way without ever experiencing an addiction. However, others find themselves immersed in an addiction, which then becomes a life long battle. Contrary to … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support UC’s Fall Fest 5K and Fall CME Conference

UC Fall conference and 5k

  Highland Hospital is proud to support the University of Charleston's Fall Fest 5K and Fall CME Conference scheduled for October 11, 2014 on the UC campus at 2300 MacCorkle Avenue SE. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. with registration at 7:00 a.m.  Register at www.TriStateRacer.com  This … [Read more...]

Exercise for the Heart May Also Protect the Mind

From: Medical News Today By: Catharine Paddock It would appear that aerobic exercise may do more than just preserve our cardiovascular health - it may also keep our minds sharp as we age. This was the conclusion of a new study from Canada that found links between aerobic fitness and brain function … [Read more...]

Mental Health Meets ‘Moneyball’ In San Antonio

From: NPR The jails aren't overflowing in San Antonio anymore. People with serious mental illnesses have a place to go for treatment and the city has saved $10 million a year on. How did it happen? "You know Brad Pitt in the movie Moneyball?" asks Gilbert Gonzalez, Director for the Bexar County … [Read more...]

Self Doubt: Do You Deserve to Succeed?

    From: Psych Central By: Aaron Karmin Judgment is the organ of decision making and it does not operate in a vacuum. We all have beliefs about how reliable our judgment is. If we respect ourselves, we are likely to trust our judgment and have faith that we will make successful choices. … [Read more...]

Patients with Depression Benefit from Mindfulness-based Therapy

From: Medical News Today A mindfulness-based therapy for depression has the added benefit of reducing health-care visits among patients who often see their family doctors, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative … [Read more...]

How to Motivate Yourself: 3 Steps Backed By Science

From: Time You make goals… but then you procrastinate. You write a to-do list… but then you don’t follow through. And this happens again and again and again. Seriously, what’s the problem? Why are we so good at thinking of what to do but so terrible at actually doing those things? The … [Read more...]

8 Steps to Like Yourself (More)

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From: Psych Central By: Therese Borchard Notice the word “like.” I’m not going to be so bold as to introduce eight steps that will have you love yourself. Baby steps, right? For some, self-love is a no-brainer. They grew up in homes where LOVE was the predominant four-letter word. Some … [Read more...]

The One Thing That Is Holding You Back

Release what's holding you back

From: Psych Central I think everyone has a limit on what they are comfortable doing and when they feel out of their element. Even that “adrenaline junky” who thrives on taking big risks probably has some area of life where they hold back and don’t push themselves to the edge. In my … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital-Charleston CEO Friday Message

2013-11-12 16.11.22

Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN   Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV This week, my husband and I took our first child, our son to college.  As I talked with another mom who had left her daughter at school in South Carolina, we talked about how we never believed it … [Read more...]

DEA to Publish Final Rule Rescheduling Hydrocodone Combination Products

From: DEA On Friday the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will publish in the Federal Register the Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II, as recommended by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department … [Read more...]

Understanding the Cycle of Guilt

From: Psych Central The cycle of guilt is the ultimate Catch-22 situation, an emotional prison where no matter what you do, you end up feeling bad. I know this place, because it’s taken me weeks to write this article, and all the while I’ve been running laps on the hamster wheel of guilt. And … [Read more...]

Instant Self-Esteem Boosters

From: Psych Central Maybe you’ve been in a slump lately.  Maybe it’s situational (you lost your job, and the market’s brutal, or are having relationship issues.)  Maybe you’re chronically struggling with self-esteem.  Or maybe I just caught you on a bad day.  For anyone who’s feeling … [Read more...]