Conversational Effectiveness

Class Summary:  “Would you like to create more ease in your conversations?” “Would you like to find ways to express yourself more effectively and with less stress?”  Then, this is the class for you! Explore your daily interactions and learn about your patterns of engagement and how to activate higher levels of awareness to enrich […]

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Depression during hospitilization

Under most circumstances, staying in a hospital can be a challenging experience. Aside from dealing with the actual reason for your hospitalization, there are also psychological factors to deal with such as anxiety and stress. These factors can have direct effects on your recovery and willingness to follow your doctor’s orders. Understanding the mental state […]

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Suicide Survivor becomes an Advocate

As we have discussed in past blogs, depression is a persistent and potentially debilitating mental health issue that affects millions of individuals every year. For most, a combination of medication, counseling and lifestyle changes help to overcome this mental health challenge. Unfortunately for some, this isn’t always the outcome and many individuals with depression are […]

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Complexity of Mental Health

Humans are complex beings. That might seem like a very obvious statement but we often take for granted just how complex we really are. Think about your morning commute to work. An average person drives to their job in the morning. While you’re operating a 4000 lb vehicle traveling 65 MPH (Okay, so you live […]

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Nature and mental health

We often talk about the challenges of treating mental illness and how a multi-pronged approach is almost always the best option. We treat the individual, not just the disease. Therapy, medication, exercise, nutrition and other healthy habits can all contribute to help someone recover from mental health challenges. In support of this notion, a recent […]

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Addiction in the family

I can’t believe I’m doing this again. Last week I wrote about how writing unsent letters helped me to cope with a lost relationship. I shared a personal story and writing it was wonderful…but posting it, well it literally made me nauseous. But the response I received was so overwhelmingly positive. A good friend encouraged […]

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Therapeutic Writing

This already feels strange. And regrettable. Normally I help to write Decatur Family Psychiatry blogs from the comfort of anonymity. I get to hide behind a curtain and share someone else’s story. But today I wanted to write about something personal I’ve recently experienced that had immense therapeutic value. Writing letters I will never send. […]

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Increased rate of suicide

For mental health professionals the assessment of suicidal thoughts, impulses, plans and attempts is an ever present charge and duty.  For those who are not mental health professionals it can be a difficult topic to discuss.  The serious ramifications of suicide for the suicidal individual and his/her family, however, leads to the need for frank […]

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Growing up with mental illness

Understanding the challenges individuals with mental issues face can be very difficult. Many individuals suffering from depression will tell you that their closest loved ones have told them to just ‘snap out of it.’ These statements often come from a misunderstanding of mental health and the true struggles their loved one is facing. Growing up […]

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Exercise and meditation

Within the field of biological psychiatry there is an increasing focus on alternatives to medication in the treatment of disorders like depression and anxiety. Exercise, for example, has long been known to help improve the symptoms of both depression and anxiety. Many psychiatrists, including myself and my colleagues, encourage all our patients to engage in […]

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