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A Simple Solution to Loneliness by Paula Joyce

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A Simple Solution to Loneliness by Paula Joyce

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  • Being lonely is not the same as being alone. You can be married, a member of a book club or a CEO and still be lonely. 1 out of 5 people are lonely and that number is increasing. Even though loneliness is not classified as a mental health disorder, it does affect our health and well-being like depression or anxiety do. In fact, Time Magazine recently ran a piece entitled, “Why Loneliness May Be The Next Big Public-Health Issue.” Clearly we need to take this seriously. Studies have shown that chronic loneliness increases mortality, inhibits one’s immune system, increases blood pressure, detrimentally impacts sleep patterns and has negative health consequences on a par with obesity, alcoholism and cigarette smoking. It’s even associated with dementia. Yet loneliness is not just an issue for seniors. In fact, nearly 60% of those aged 18-34 say they are lonely often or sometimes compared to 35% of those over 55. Please join us next Thursday to learn the causes and cure for being lonely.

 

Presentation: Post Traumatic Growth and the Cancer Experience this Saturday, 3/21/2015

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Presentation: Post Traumatic Growth and the Cancer Experience this Saturday, 3/21/2015

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Cheryl Jones, host of Good Grief radio and cancer and illness expert, will present the sixth in a series of ten workshops for mental health professionals this Saturday, 3/21/2015. The Cancer and Illness competency program, sponsored by the Women’s Cancer Resource Center is increasing knowledge and sharing models for supporting clients in this most critical time in their lives. All courses are available on line and those still to happen are also available on site.

Looking at the Octahedron: Mental and Emotional, Physical and Spiritual BY WINSTON PRICE

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Looking at the Octahedron: Mental and Emotional, Physical and Spiritual BY WINSTON PRICE

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I hope you all did well in your geometry classes.  In past posts I alluded to a fitness square with the corners representing the Physical, the Spiritual, the Emotional and the Mental portions of one’s health.  Well here’s the thing.  The square is actually a Regular Octahedron.   Just in case you need a reminder, a regular octahedron is a Platonic solid composed of eight equilateral triangles, four of which meet at each vertex.  When looking at one’s fitness as an octahedron, one vertex represents physical health, the other vertex symbolizes one’s spiritual health and the square plane is where one’s mental and emotional health reside.   Marking the square ABCD (  ABCD); if point A denotes emotional health, then point C will equal mental health and the line segments joining angle BAD (∠BAD) and angle DCB (∠DCB) construct the connective measures of the angles directly connecting the mental and emotional states of one’s being at multiple points and allowing that there are four points that connect mental and emotional states to one’s physical self and four points that connect mental and emotional states to one’s spiritual self.  This structure allows for the notion that one’s mental and emotional health directly affect their physical and spiritual health; also it notes that one’s physical health and spiritual health directly connect to one’s emotional and mental health.  However, it does not allow that the spiritual and physical states are directly connected.  I contend that one’s physical and spiritual health factors are indirectly connected by the physical and spiritual states being equally connected to the mental and emotional states.  So allowing this to be true, one’s emotional and mental states are directly connected; one’s physical, emotional, and mental states are directly connected; and also, one’s spiritual, emotional, and mental states are directly connected.

I separate the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual states into two groups: Group 1 and Group 2; Group 1 consisting of the mental and emotional states of a being, and the physical and spiritual states representing Group 2.   When working on health and wellness, to make sure you are working most efficiently, work either group or both, not just one part of any group or one from each.  Also, make sure not to solely work on one group.  Make sure that both groups are worked on fittingly.  If one part or group is anemic, then the entire system and each part therein, will not be at their most efficient.  Don’t over focus on one part or group; this will cause a critical imbalance.  Over working a part or group within the system has a tendency to negatively affect that part or group and the other parts or group causing a myopic mindset and a negatively skewed viewpoint toward the other parts or group of which are not being properly attended.

I believe that a fully healthy person will have a positively balance octahedron with all points and connections equally interacting with one another.  Having a positively balanced octahedron is something I feel many people do not adequately work toward when focusing on being a healthy being.  I believe that most will only work on singular parts.  I also believe that the greatest problems people have are dealing with their mental and emotional states of health because it is far too complicated for people to have the acumen of understanding their intrapersonal natures, necessities and desires.  I believe that it is far easier for one to be able to handle their physical and spiritual health because they are quickly given feedback from their social environment to tell them what is right and what is not.  I believe we are educated socially on what is to be correct , and have quick and abundant social/civil grading on how they are by those we are a part.  It seems to me that cultures easily command to those of their populace what is physically and spiritually expectable; and have cultural rules and regulations in place to grade and critique.  However, there seems to me to be a more obscure sight on the mental and emotional grade of one’s self because they find that communicating on an intrapersonal level is far too difficult because whatever one feels and thinks may directly conflict with how one was socially educated.  Example, we are all told that we are to equally love one another no matter what, spiritual regulation by society; however, if you emotionally or mentally love someone the wrong way you are evil and improper.  We are given a proper measure of physical health, body fat percentage; however, if you believe differently and feel better as one’s self at being either over or under that measure you are demonized as an individual.  Also something that I believe puts a great strain on being mentally and emotionally healthy is that there is no rational measure.  It’s all conjecture.  We are told how to look and how to act toward others; however, we are told that if there is anything that makes us believe that what we are taught is not correct then whatever that is will be evil and wrong, and that has a tendency to our mental and emotional state, because as the octahedron dictates, our mental and emotional states of being are directly connected to our physical and spiritual realities.  It is difficult to be open and honest about one’s inner self when who we truly are, mentally and emotionally, might turn us into a demon in the eyes of our society.  It is easier to look the part and act the part.

So the point: before you enter, and/or continue, on your journey of being healthy, become an expert on your Self, your inner self.  Become comfortable with your Self and what you are mentally and emotionally willing to do and capable of doing to better understand who you are, what you want and what you are willing to do to get it.  Work from the inside to the outside.  Work on the outside to the inside. Work on directly affecting everything.

 

For more information Winston’s his martial arts academy please visit Internal Magnification.  

Winston Price, Executive Producer, has over a decade and a half of marketing, advertising and public relations experience. He began his business career in 1995 and is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington. Winston also is a master martial artist and personal trainer with over 2 decades of knowledge and experience. Winston runs his own school, Internal Magnification Martial Arts, where he focuses on helping people reach their personal goals of health and fitness via At-Home personal training with martial foci of Taekwondo, Tai Chi Ch’uan, Hapkido and Ba Gua Zhang. As an executive producer for VoiceAmerica, Winston utilizes his skills in business and personal training to help new and existing hosts maximize their opportunity with the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network by supporting his hosts with the business and personal aspects of creating and developing their show. Winston believes that each host brings their own flavor to the Network. By properly coaching and motivating his hosts, they are able to produce THEIR show with THEIR style and THEIR passion being at the forefront of every broadcast.  

 

Primary Care and Behavioral Health BY DR. SURITA RAO

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Primary Care and Behavioral Health BY DR. SURITA RAO

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As we go through our live, events may occur that derail us. Maybe it is the death of loved one, a divorce or loss of a job or even a high level of stress in our lives. A person may start to wonder if this is just regular sadness and worrying or are they developing a clinical depression or anxiety disorder. Where should this person turn to for some initial screening and help?  Most people do not know a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practioner. The health care provider who is familiar to them is their own doctor, the person who takes care of them when they have the flu or the pediatrician who take care of their children. Our primary care physician offices are often the best known, most familiar connection we have with the health care world. It is a good place to turn to and seek help if your health care concerns now include some mental health issues.

Most antidepressant prescriptions in America are written by primary care physicians [family practioners, internist, and pediatrician] and also by Physician assistant and nurse practioners working in a primary care setting.  Often many people with mild to moderate depression many never see a psychiatrist. They see their internist or family practioners or sometimes their Ob-Gyn physician and get started antidepressants. They may in addition go to see a therapist, such as a social worker, marriage and family therapist or a psychologist.

However, if the mental illness is more complex such as bipolar disorder or a severe depression that is not responding to antidepressants or the patient requires a complicated medication regimen, then the primary care physician will refer the patient to see a psychiatrist.

In the United States today there is a shortage of psychiatrists and also of primary care physicians. With the shortage of psychiatrists, including child psychiatrists and also of , psychiatric nurse practioners, access to see them in a timely manner is often very challenging. As health care reform helps more and more Americans to get health insurance, they will try and access care including treatment for any psychiatric condition. If they find they are unable to access a psychiatrist easily, they do have another option, as long as they have a primary care doctor.

Getting help for any mental health issue early when it is at a relatively mild stage is very important to prevent the condition from getting worse. A good place to start would be your own doctors’ office. 

Surita Rao, M.D. is the physician leader of the Behavioral Health Services at Saint Francis Care and host of the show, Mental Health with Dr. Surita Rao on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness channel. She completed medical school at Bankura Sammilani Medical College in India and did her psychiatry residency training at St.Vincent’s Hospital in Staten Island, New York and the Yale University School of Medicine. She did her addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine. She has been on the faculty at both Yale and Emory Universities. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Her clinical work has focused on addiction psychiatry, including both substance use disorders and dual diagnosis issues. She has worked with impaired physicians and other health care professionals. Upon completing her fellowship training, she worked as the Medical Director of the methadone maintenance clinics at Yale University School of Medicine. She has been the Chair of Behavioral Health at Saint Francis since 2002 and is the President of the Saint Francis Behavioral Health Group. Dr. Rao is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is co-chair of their national membership committee. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Chapter. Dr. Rao is chair of the physicians’ health committee at Saint Francis. She also serves on the Board of the Saint Francis Foundation and has been appointed as a Corporator for Saint Francis Care.

 

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