Support for Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
"He spoke well of the value of technology in Mental Health and addictions treatment, too, and I really liked that. Kennedy was responsible for introducing the Health Information Technology Extension for Behavioral Health Services Act of 2010. Although Kennedy is no longer a member of congress, the efforts continue in both houses of congress to garner government IT funding incentives for mental health and addiction treatment providers." More...
Weak and Strong
"Are you weak or are you strong? Weak and strong seem to be complete opposites. When you ask yourself this question, do you tend to hope that you are strong rather than weak? Did you automatically lean towards wanting to be strong rather than weak? The idea of being strong tends to conjure up positive images of being able to cope with life, manage your emotions well and deal with crises in a steady manner. What does being strong mean to you? Being weak on the other hand, tends to conjure up images of passivity,of not being in control and an inability to cope with life." More...
Are You A Caregiver? Read On Before Answering That Question
"If you are a middle-aged adult, chances are good that you have at least one living parent if not both. The lengthening life span, improved medical treatments and better lifestyle choices make the 85 + year-old demographic the fastest growing part of our population. But, that longer life span comes with some additional challenges for both the older parent and the adult child. The most obvious challenge is that a longer life span means many adult children will eventually find themselves in the role of caregiver. Are you a caregiver?" More...
Can Gastric Disorders Contribute to Anxiety and Depression?
"It turns out that stomach problems can cause a lot more than just physical discomfort. Research has suggested that gastrointestinal troubles may be linked with anxiety and depression as well. It is probably no surprise that stomach issues can cause stress, but they can also lead to significant mental health problems. " More...
Landmark Event Addresses the Role of the Church in Mental Health
"Yes, I really did it. I put "church" and "mental health" in the same title. And guess what? The universe did not collapse. For a long time, society has failed to acknowledge the role of churches in providing mental health support and resources. In fact, the separation of church and mental health has been promoted by much of the mental health community almost as much as the separation of church and state is defended by many politically. But it appears the tides may be turning. " More...
The Art of Letting Go
"Have you been told, "Just let go of it," or tell yourself, "I have to let go," but wonder, how? I've asked myself that question. Sometimes you want to let go of a worry or an obsession about someone else. You may try to detach, but can't. Other times when you can't move forward after a major loss, or when you need to unwind from a busy work schedule. Each case has different challenges, but fundamentally, they all require a shift in attention from the mind into the body and from the past or future into the present. Letting go can be a rejuvenating practice that brings the mind and body into balance for clarity, peace, and heightened functioning." More...
Games and Manipulation: The Games People Play
"Part of being human involves making assumptions about the intentions and behaviour of others. We make our minds up about the intentions of others without having solid evidence to support our thinking. The more we feel we are being manipulated, the more suspicious we become. People can have hidden agendas and many still operate from the egocentric standpoint, as they did when they were children. Egocentrism is a childlike way of viewing the world where an individual finds it difficult to empathise and understand the world from another person's viewpoint." More...
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