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Daily Emotional Wellness

Emotions are powerhouse signals of information (knowledge) that effect overall (mental) health and bodily functions. Without mastery, your life (mind, body, spirit) will flow in the direction of your predominant nature (feeling). Where does a mother carry a child in pregnancy? In her heart (solar plexus). Our feelings are the womb of the mind (emotion, … Continue reading Daily Emotional Wellness

Spiritual Disciplines Reflection

Grace is what God does, knowledge is what man (woman) does. The reason we are here (born) is to exhort ourselves into spiritual discipline. The spiritual disciplines are choices we make to grow, “in grace and knowledge of Christ” (The Holy Bible, King James Version, n.d., 2 Peter 3:18). Spiritual formation are choices we made … Continue reading Spiritual Disciplines Reflection

Balance

Sense of nonsense, not right and wrong, balances the mind. Balance can be perceptually misleading. Equilibrium, stability, and poise come to mind readily. In general terms, balance is mental and emotional steadiness. It is a result of soundness of mind‒clarity, in what is most important (values). We know that values are demonstrated through beliefs and … Continue reading Balance

Stress Management

Silvana Baumann says chronic stress causes wear and tear on the body and can exacerbate existing problems. When stress starts to interfere with the ability to live an everyday life over a long time, it becomes even more dangerous. For example, an individual may feel tired, unable to concentrate, or irritable for no good reason. … Continue reading Stress Management

Integrating Weight and Depression

How a behavioral health provider would integrate physical and mental health with a patient who is interested in weight management but who is also struggling with depression. What are concerns a behavioral health provider needs to keep in mind for this type of patient? Weight gain (management) is a serious issue facing millions of people. … Continue reading Integrating Weight and Depression

Compare the Golden Rule to the Platinum Rule

How can a mental health professional with Christian beliefs demonstrate the Platinum rule when working with clients who have diverse worldviews? Gold and platinum are elements. Rules are behavioral guides for conduct. Gold occurs pure in natural form, while Platinum is a catalyst. The earth being fragmental material composing part of the surface of the … Continue reading Compare the Golden Rule to the Platinum Rule

Depression and Weight Management

Depression and Weight Management are interwoven together by the juxtaposition: into action. Mental states are constructed under the dynamic power of the great universal impulse that lies back of all action, enthusiasm, or zeal (Fillmore, 2019). Zeal is the energy behind all action and the forerunner of every effect. Emotion is created by motion; being … Continue reading Depression and Weight Management

Patient-Understand-Your-Instructions

The value of any relationship (client, patients, family, business, personal) is ensuring mutual understanding. An integral part of a patient’s understanding, is to be mindful (self-awareness). The health provider (professional) must be aware of a patient’s (health literacy); exercising patience, listening actively, and focusing on quality interactions. That means consciously leaving time in the discussion … Continue reading Patient-Understand-Your-Instructions

Bias Against Mental Health Professionals

Understanding that microaggressions (subtle racism) exist, along with discrimination, racism, prejudice, and stereotypes, I recognize that I must be aware of my own to comprehend them in others. As a client of a psychiatrist for many years, I was reluctant in the beginning to disclose all my fears, limitations, family matters (personal information) because I … Continue reading Bias Against Mental Health Professionals

Ethics and Cultural Diversity in America Today

The COVID-19 pandemic and heightened awareness of racial injustice and discrimination in the United States have a negative impact on mental health. This is concerning, given the already alarming prevalence rates of trauma exposure and adverse childhood experiences in the U.S. general population prior to the current pandemic, their immediate and long-lasting effects on human … Continue reading Ethics and Cultural Diversity in America Today

Patient Outcomes

What are patient outcomes? How do patient outcomes affect the role of a behavioral health provider in a medical setting? Developing a definition of patient outcomes is becoming critical (patient vs provider) to our collective futures. Healthcare systems and physicians are being asked to transition from fee-for-service payments to managing overall patient quality, cost, and … Continue reading Patient Outcomes

Equity and Equality of Outcomes

The late author (motivational speaker) Zig Ziglar (2019) said: “there is a vast difference in understanding something well enough to buy, as versus, understanding something well enough to sell.” This value statement is comparable to understanding equity (fairness) well enough to make it equal (outcomes) for all. Equality of outcomes varies between individual’s preferences (knowledge), … Continue reading Equity and Equality of Outcomes