It’s a Myth That We Only Use 10% of Our Brains – Here’s Why

From: Psy Post By: Jordan Gaines It’s a common conversation starter to assert that we only use 10% of our brains. In Lucy, the soon-to-be-released thriller about a woman forced to work as a drug mule for the Taiwanese mob, Professor Norman lectures, “It is estimated most human beings only use … [Read more...]

The Cost of Not Caring

From: USA Today This is a 5 Chapter in-depth article by Kevin Johnson of USA Today. Mental illness cases swamp the criminal justice system. Chapter 1 Inside a cluttered downtown apartment that she shares with a cat, the 57-year-old woman is in the midst of a near-meltdown. "There's three of … [Read more...]

Overreaction Can Lead to Near Misses

From: Psych Central A new study looks at how, in our hypercompetitive world, it is easy to not see the forest because of the trees when we experience a close loss or fail to achieve a company goal — even though we may have come very close. Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers discovered … [Read more...]

Moral Victories’ Might Spare you From Losing Again

From: Psy Post It’s human nature to hate losing. Unfortunately, it’s also human nature to overreact to a loss, potentially abandoning a solid strategy and thus increasing your chances of losing the next time around. That’s one conclusion of a Brigham Young University study published this … [Read more...]

Integrating Health Care Providers With Communities

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From: Harvard School of Public Health Zachary Gerson-Nieder spends a lot of time thinking about the role hospitals can play in communities. Of course they provide health care—but they also serve as regional economic anchors. Which makes him wonder: How much do hospital administrators, city … [Read more...]

Strategies for Self-Compassion

From: Psych Central Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the New England Transcendentalists, was very influential for me as a teenager. I have found many of his essays and aphorisms to be very useful, both personally and professionally. The one pearl I have gotten the most mileage out of is from his … [Read more...]

Kids Like Healthy Lunches Just Fine

From: Time  As the battle rages on over whether or not to scrap healthier options in public school lunch, a new survey suggests students actually like the nutritional meals they’re being offered. Well, at least they like it enough to keep from complaining to school administrators about … [Read more...]

Any Level of Midlife Exercise May Keep Dementia at Bay

From: MedScape Any level of physical activity in midlife may help keep cognitive decline and dementia in late life at bay, new research suggests. Two studies conducted by investigators at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, demonstrated that physical activity, whether mild, moderate, or … [Read more...]

8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools

From: Psych Central A school playground aide sees third-grader Riley grab hold of classmate Liza’s scarf and choke her with it. Riley is subsequently viewed as the bully. But is there more to the story? What the aide hasn’t witnessed is the endless ridicule Riley has experienced from Liza and … [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.  I read an editorial in the paper this week that talked about the cost of insuring the uninsured and how those costs are now taking funds away from other areas in our economy like schools and … [Read more...]

Highland TV Show Highlights Camp Happy Valley

  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 … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support the Walk for Suicide Prevention

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Highland Hospital is proud to once again support and sponsor the 4th Annual Walk for Suicide Prevention organized by Messages for Hope, Inc. The event is scheduled for August 23, 2014 from 10-noon at Magic Island in Charleston, WV. Messages for Hope, Inc. is excited to gather once again in … [Read more...]

New Program to Help Patients with Bipolar or Hepatitis B or C

From: Times West Virginian By: Colleen Good Some West Virginians with Medicaid will have access to a new resource with the recent launch of the Health Homes initiative. The program, which is grant-funded, launched July 1 of this year. The general program was created by the Patient Protection and … [Read more...]

Delusions of the Codependent

From: Psych Central One of the most painful moments for a codependent is when he or she realizes that a relationship is not going to work out as imagined. Facing the end of a relationship is stressful for most people, and it is normal and natural to do whatever we can to keep a relationship going. … [Read more...]

Fixing Not Forcing Mental Health Services in America

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From: Care For Your Mind  By: Harvey Rosenthal  In the wake of several recent mass shootings, many are calling for an overhaul of the nation’s systems of mental health care. A national debate has been renewed over whether legislation is needed to force local officials and mental health … [Read more...]

How to Deal with Burnout

From: Psych Central We all know what it feels like when you’ve had enough. It’s that listless, weary feeling of not wanting to proceed but knowing that you have to. Some refer to it as ennui; others simply call it burnout. It happens when the stress of performing a certain task overrides its … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Maintaining Lifelong Friends

From: Psy Alive When it comes to our physical and mental health, friendship may truly be the best medicine. An Australian study showed that strong social networks may lengthen survival in elderly men and women, with good friends being even more likely to increase longevity than close family … [Read more...]

Grieving the Loss of Addiction

From: Psych Central An addict who has tried to kick their habit for years finally makes their way into recovery. What could they possibly have to grieve about? Actually, recovering addicts have a lot to grieve. The activity that has been the central focus of their lives is now something they can … [Read more...]

Can Narcissists Be Moved to Show Empathy?

From: Psy Post  Researchers at the University of Surrey and the University of Southampton have investigated whether narcissists can elicit empathy for another person’s suffering. It has been well documented that narcissists lack empathy, but why is that the case, and do they have the … [Read more...]

Mental Health: What’s Normal, What’s Not

From: Mayo Clinic What's the difference between mental health and mental illness? Sometimes the answer is clear, but often the distinction between mental health and mental illness isn't so obvious. For example, if you're afraid of giving a speech in public, does it mean you have a mental health … [Read more...]