Category: Physical Health

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The Power of Creating a Routine

Routines provide structure and organization which can help to reduce stress and increase efficiency.

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Managing the “Sunday Scaries”

Tips for how to manage the Sunday Scaries or Sunday Blues.

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COVID and Child Abuse

2020 has been filled with many unforeseen and unpredictable challenges, many of which have not changed in 2021. Rising unemployment, school closures, stay at home orders, social isolation, financial strain, food insecurity, and many more struggles have affected millions of children and their families. These stressors all contribute to an increase in stress which unfortunately increases risk of family violence including intimate partner violence … Read More COVID and Child Abuse

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Collaborative Care with Mental Health

If you or a loved one has sought out mental health services recently, you are painfully aware of the long wait times to see a mental health professional. Depending on the resources in a particular area people can wait from weeks to months before seeing someone. For some the wait is too long which leads to poor outcomes like unnecessary suffering, suicide attempt, completed … Read More Collaborative Care with Mental Health

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The Power of Journaling

There is a strong connection between mindfulness and wellness. Mindfulness is the act of calling the mind to attention in the present moment, focusing on what is happening in the now. This process involves switching from passively engaging with thoughts and actively observing and experiencing them. Journaling is a mindfulness activity with multiple benefits including processing experiences, increasing self-awareness, improving self-confidence, all of which … Read More The Power of Journaling

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COVID-19 and Children’s Mental Health

How has COVID-19 affected children? COVID-19 has robbed children and adolescents of predictability, which is an important stabilizing factor in daily life for kids. Uncertainty, social isolation, parental stress, etc. all have an impact on the mental health of our children, especially those with previously diagnosed mental health conditions. There are many new worries that children are now faced with including whether or not … Read More COVID-19 and Children’s Mental Health

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9 Ways to Kickstart the New Year

2020 has been a whirlwind of new challenges and hardship. In a year that has been filled with sad, dark, and at times depressing days we need a resolution remix for 2021. Below are some new takes on an old tradition to help kick start the new year off right. Kick deprivation to the curb. Many of us have tried strict dieting in the … Read More 9 Ways to Kickstart the New Year

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Running Ragged

I’m a child psychiatrist. Psychiatry has historically had a reputation of being a more “touchy feely” specialty compared to something more “Hulk smash” like orthopedic surgery. Regardless of the specialty, the same ideas apply. What I find ironic about the whole institution of medicine is that we teach empathy and compassion in the delivery of patient care while simultaneously rewarding terribly unhealthy behaviors in … Read More Running Ragged

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Finding Gratitude

It’s hard to tell in the photo but the wine glass says “FUN” on the side. I didn’t realize that when I pulled it out of the cabinet. As I was pouring wine into it late at night I read the glass and had to laugh because nothing about that moment was lowercase “fun” let alone uppercase “FUN.” I was tired after a long … Read More Finding Gratitude

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The Opioid Crisis

It is difficult to turn on the television or radio, or pick up a newspaper and not notice some mention of the opioid crisis in the United States. The volume on this hot button issue is also likely to increase the closer we get to the 2020 presidential election. Before we delve into the very important discussion regarding the opiate epidemic, addiction and mental … Read More The Opioid Crisis

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The Power of Silence

We live in a world filled with noise. If you start from the beginning of your day, think of the number of things you hear from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep. Alarm clock, dog barking, television/radio, stranger’s cell phone conversations, work telephones ringing, automobile traffic, honking horns, subway trains running, doors slamming, yelling, laughing, and millions of … Read More The Power of Silence

Creative Expressions: Art Therapy

If you can remember back to your school age days, try to think about your favorite art projects, drawings, talent shows, etc. Do those experiences bring back fond memories? As adults, sometimes it is difficult to remember back to those days when we have work, bills, family, kids, pets, and many other responsibilities at the forefront of our minds. It is also unfortunate that … Read More Creative Expressions: Art Therapy