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

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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...]

Medicines to Treat Mental Health Issues

From: Web MD There are several different types of drugs available to treat mental illnesses. Some of the most commonly used are antidepressants, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, and stimulant medications. What Drugs Are Used To Treat Depression? When treating depression, several … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Reclaim your Dormant Positive Emotions

From: Psych Central By: Mike Bundrant If you believe that negative emotions are the only ones people avoid, consider the following. A psychological study recently confirmed that depression is not caused by the simple presence of a negative state of mind. There is another huge, overlooked … [Read more...]

A Testament to Character

From: Counseling Resource By: George Simon, Ph.D. Character can be likened to a psychological “immune system” of sorts, insulating a person against both the slings and arrows and the many negative influences of this world — and the admirable characters I’ve met in my life have clearly … [Read more...]

Mood Mastery

From: Psych Central Your mood is a mental state that magnetizes feelings to it. When in a bad mood, you will look for someone or something to blame, because misery does love company. Although your mood is an independent mental event, you can influence your mood. You can even change it by taking … [Read more...]

Brain Protein Influences How the Brain Manages Stress

From: Psy Post The brain’s ability to effectively deal with stress or to lack that ability and be more susceptible to depression, depends on a single protein type in each person’s brain, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published November 12 in … [Read more...]

Why Do I Always Give Up?

From: Psychology Today Have you ever said, with grit and determination, that you are going to do something only to then give up? Lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more? Have you heard your friends say the same and then watched them slide back to their old ways? Ever made a resolution that’s … [Read more...]

7 Habits of Highly Defective People

From: Psych Central  After you have known people for a while, you realize they are defective. They’re cheap, crude, pushy, ignorant, loud, and unattractive. How did this happen? How did people who seemed so elegant and gregarious become the varmint-like creatures you want to avoid? What made … [Read more...]