World Mental Health Day: It Begins with You

MENTAL HEALTH BEGINS WITH YOU It doesn’t matter if you have a mental illness, care for someone with a mental illness, know someone with a mental illness or just care about good mental health, you can be part of this year’s campaign. Start by writing a mental health promise to yourself. It … [Read more...]

How to Start Bridging the Gap Between Where You Are and Where You Want to Be

From: Psych Central “The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism.” - Brian May Sometimes we get so caught up in problems that we lose of a better future. Instead of envisioning a future with happiness, health, and success, we become pessimistic and lose hope. We stop striving … [Read more...]

White House Intruder’s Past Raises Concern: Did He Show Signs of Mental Illness

From: NY Times By: Michael D. Shear and Michael S. Schmidt  WASHINGTON — Secret Service officers stopped Omar Jose Gonzalez last month as he carried a hatchet in front of the White House, but let him go even though he had been arrested this summer in Virginia with a mini-arsenal of … [Read more...]

Histrionic Personality Disorder Symptoms

From: Psych Central Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of attention seeking behavior and extreme emotionality. Someone with histrionic personality disorder wants to be the center of attention in any group of people, and feel uncomfortable when they are not. … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Highland Hospital is proud to support Thomas Health System Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Thomas Health System is holding a few special events in the month of October. Their first event is the Courage Walk which will be Wednesday … [Read more...]

The Perils of Instant Gratification

From: Psych Central As the economy gets ever better at satisfying our immediate, self-serving needs, who is minding the future? So asks the cover article of the fall edition of American Scholar magazine, entitled Temptation, Inc. It’s a long, wide-ranging, provocative piece that explores the … [Read more...]

What Makes People Boring?

From: Psychology Today By: Bella DePaula I wonder if there is anyone who has ever not worried about being boring. Maybe people so full of themselves that it never occurs to them that they could be anything but fascinating to the people around them. Or maybe people who really are fascinating, and … [Read more...]

30 Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection and Self-Discovery

From: Psych Central By: Margarita Tartakovsky, MS. I often include different journal prompts on Weightless because I think it’s key to continually maintain a dialogue with ourselves. It’s part of building a healthy relationship, or rather a friendship, with yourself. As Eleanor Roosevelt … [Read more...]

Tobacco Smoking and Mental Health

From: Psych Central Most adults are aware of the health risks of smoking tobacco. Research shows that smoking may also have an affect on mental health. While the motivation for smoking varies from person to person, knowing why some people smoke may help those who want to stop. The physical, or … [Read more...]

How to Get Out of a Bad Mood: 12 Tips

From: Psych Central By: Joyce Marter Large and rapidly moving, ominous clouds of negativity roll into my mind, infuse my thoughts and deeply darken my mood. As I exhale, I feel the irritability fume from my nostrils like fiery smoke from a dragon’s. As I bristle with defensiveness and hostility, … [Read more...]

Are You Problem Solving or Ruminating?

From: Psychology Today By: Amelia Aldao, Ph.D. As human beings, we have the capacity to reflect on our past behaviors. By understanding our previous actions, we can make informed decisions about the future. For example, let’s imagine that I overslept this morning and ended up frantically … [Read more...]

Why Posttraumatic Stress Could Make Women More Susceptible To Food Addiction


From: Huffington Post Women with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more likely to have food addiction, or a feeling of dependence on food, new research suggests. In the study, researchers surveyed more than 49,000 female nurses ages 25 to 42 and asked the women whether they … [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 Happy New Year! At the Highland Companies in Charleston, we are celebrating the dawning of a new year. No, I haven’t turned my calendar quickly forward, but rather, we are celebrating a new year as … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Foundation Excited about Glitz, Glamour & Ice Gala


Imagine sparkling jewelry, high-end clothing, stunning furs, fine foods, brilliant fellowship, spirited beverages, wonderful auction items, rockin' music and the opportunity to help the Highland family of companies provide behavioral health services to many in our community. That is exactly the … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center

Dent Dinner '14

Highland Hospital is proud to support the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center and their upcoming fundraiser the 21st Annual Jim Dent Dinner. The Dent Dinner is scheduled for October 21, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV. The dinner is a celebration of health and … [Read more...]

Five Steps to Break Down Your Wall

From: Psych Central By: Jonice Webb What does Empty feel like? What causes some people to feel it? In last week’s article, Not Sad Not Hurt Not Angry: Empty, we talked about how the Empty feeling is a result of having a wall inside of you which essentially blocks your emotions away. Having a … [Read more...]

Tuscan Sun Spa Honors Highland-Clarksburg Hospital Employees

Tuscan Sun Spa honored health care workers who help people that are struggling with addiction. The spa surprised four lucky workers at the Highland-Clarksburg Hospital on Thursday afternoon. Each employee was recognized for their dedication to the hospital's new program dealing with … [Read more...]

Highland TV Show Highlights West Side Main Street and the Process Strategies Testing Lab

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...]

Healthy Foods Tied to Better Mental Health


From: Psych Central New findings suggest mental health is correlated to the consumption of fruits and vegetables with a magic number of five portions a day associated with high mental well-being. Researcher from the University of Warwick discovered 33.5 percent of respondents with high mental … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support the Charleston Regional Spay Neuter Center

fix em 5k

Highland Hospital is proud to support the Charleston Regional Spay Neuter Center's Fix 'Em 5K or 2 Mile Fun Walk. The event is scheduled for October 11, 2014 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Coonskin Park. Register on-line and learn more at The Charleston Regional Spay Neuter … [Read more...]