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  1. What is Psychiatric Medication Management?

    Many psychiatric disorders will require a two-pronged approach for successful treatment: medication combined with therapy or counseling. A psychiatrist can prescribe medication to help with anything from ADHD to anxiety to depression. Medication management is a vital part of this equation, as not all medications will be received or tolerated by patients in the same way.

    That’s why monitoring medications, their side effects, and their possible interactions with other medications is critical. A big part of what psychiatrists do is provide psychiatric medication management and assessment. This can seem pretty scary, especially if you’ve never taken such medications before or have taken them before but experienced bad side effects.

    There can certainly be a lot of unknowns; however, understanding how a psychiatrist can help you and truly knowing what medication management means is key to feeling comfortable and at ease with the recommended treatment plan.

    Because our mental well-being is directly connected to our overall physical health, stress and trauma can leave us feeling anxious, hopeless and overwhelmed. When these feelings go untreated for long periods of time, major psychological and physical illnesses can result. In addition, associated behaviors can become addictive and destructive.

    That’s why it’s equally important to have regular physicals and checkups from your primary care physician. The other part of the equation is to get regular mental health checkups too.

    What to Expect

    When you first see your psychiatric practitioner, he or she will perform a first checkup called an assessment, which will include an overview of your symptoms and collection of your medical history. A determination will then be made about whether or not the medication is a practical choice for treating your particular mental health disorder.

    Based on this assessment, the doctor will then make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan designed with your specific needs in mind. The decision is ultimately up to the patient. If it is decided to move forward with this choice, various medications, possible side effects, and proper dosages will be discussed.

    Initially, the medication will be prescribed for a trial period to observe and monitor its effectiveness. This is where the “medication management” part of psychiatric care comes into play. If the treatment is meeting the patient’s goals, the patient will be recommended to keep moving forward. However, different medications affect brain chemistry in different ways, so not everyone will respond well to a particular prescription.

    This may result in side effects like the inability to sleep, irritability, nausea, and more. In those cases, a different medication will be prescribed. This is often a trial-and-error process that should eventually result in the right medication for you.

    In addition to medication, other forms of treatment such as counseling, life management skills, and behavioral therapies may be offered in conjunction. The psychiatrist will carefully monitor all of these components to ensure the best blend for the patient’s mental health.

    It’s important to note that not all patients and not all psychiatric problems require medicine. However, there are many instances where prescription medicines are the best way to relieve symptoms for the patient. Medication can be an effective part of the treatment of many mental illnesses such as:

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Panic
    • Sleep problems
    • ADHD
    • Schizophrenia

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    If you are experiencing mental health issues and wish to discuss whether mediation is a good choice for you, please contact us today for help. Medication management visits require an hour for the first visit and 30 minutes for later visits. During your appointment, your psychiatrist will review the benefits and side effects of your medication and adjust as needed. Counseling and psychotherapy may also be recommended depending on your specific issue.

  2. Kate Hudson shares how fitness fuels her mental health: ‘If I’m not active, if I’m not moving, I don’t feel good at all’

    The Unwind is Yahoo Life’s well-being series in which experts, influencers and celebrities share their approaches to wellness and mental health, from self-care rituals to setting healthy boundaries to the mantras that keep them afloat.

    There are many words to describe Kate Hudson — she’s an actress, a mom, a podcaster and a brand founder — but perhaps the most fitting word at the moment is simply busy. After all, Hudson — most recently seen in the juicy Apple TV+ series Truth Be Told — has a very big life. The daughter of Goldie Hawn and stepfather Kurt Russell balances spending time with her tight-knit family with her many projects, but when she does have a free moment, it’s rarely to sit still.

    As Hudson tells Yahoo Life, she craves movement, be that a dancing session in her bathroom or a gravity-defying workout routine.


    That’s why she needs a diet plan that works for her — which is what WW, the brand she’s been an ambassador for since 2018, can provide, thanks to its recently launched system of PersonalPoints. The program, which Hudson says helped her find balance, includes activity targets — ideal for someone like Hudson, who calls herself a “frustrated athlete.”

    Here, Hudson explains what wellness means to her, and why sometimes a girls’ night out is better self-care than anything else.

    You became a WW ambassador in 2018. What made you interested in partnering with the company?

    Mindy [Grossman], the CEO of WW, came to me. My mom had done it before when she was pregnant, but I hadn’t really done it before. Mindy said, “Try it, and get back to me.” So I did, and I was like, “How do people not know what this is?” First of all, I lost weight immediately, which is what everyone who is looking into this initially wants to do. But what I loved about it was how supportive the program was, and how thorough it is. For me, it just felt like, what a great partnership. People are always asking me, “What can I do?” And if you weren’t raised with the tools, it’s hard. You don’t know the best way for you to get strong, whether that’s mentally or physically. I just fell in love with the program and the science behind it and how well it works. I’ve been doing the partnership for years and I continue to use it. It just works.

    How did your family help you embrace a healthy lifestyle?

    When you grow up with actors for parents, it’s a very disciplined craft, especially if you’re an actor who really cares about what you’re doing, like my parents. I watched them be almost like athletes preparing for their roles. Whether it be how active they were, whatever the role entailed, they had to physically and mentally prepare for those things. When you see parents really care about their health and doing things right, it becomes what you know.

    I feel really lucky that I have a supportive family through the ups and downs of life. Not everyone has a family as close and connected as we are, and that’s a huge part of my overall wellness. I think mostly, my mom and my dad have always loved being active. That was the biggest thing for me. More so than food — we love our food, we love our cocktails and we enjoy all aspects of life. But we’re very active, and that’s what keeps our mental health really stable. That’s why I love WW, because they encourage the fit points. They want you to stay active. It’s about your sleep, your fitness — it’s motivating you to take care of those things.

    Your brother, Oliver Hudson, opened up about his own battle with anxiety for The Unwind. What was your reaction to him being so open about his struggles?

    I really admire him for his openness on the subject. I think people sit with anxiety and they don’t talk about it, and it’s so common. We’re living in a time that’s exasperating anxiety. We’re living in an anxious time that’s really affecting people, especially young people. I notice it with my son, and the young people around him. I admire that Oliver is like, “Hey, this is what’s happening, and this is what I’m doing about it.” It makes people feel like they can go get help. They can have a sense of humor about it.

    Oliver has really hardcore panic attacks, and I think the thing that you learn is that you need a holistic approach to anxiety. If you need medication, it’s going to a doctor and seeing a professional for guidance. There’s also activity, what you eat. It’s a huge part of how our brain functions, and how it can function, for better or worse. Food is what speaks to the rest of our system. If we’re not putting good things into our body, our body is going to shut down. All of these things matter. Turning off your phone, doing a digital cleanse. I think we should be doing that more. Getting off social media. Taking those breaks are really important. Remembering to look up and connect is a huge part of our mental health.

    What does self-care mean to you?

    For women, we need to tune in for ourselves. Self-care may be sitting at a wall for three minutes by ourselves. For women, especially — and I can only speak to women because I am a woman — we manage so much. We manage not only the practical side of things, but the emotional side of things, as well. It doesn’t mean there aren’t men who do the same things, but for women, it’s ingrained in us. We have to manage the emotional needs, often while also having careers and being the breadwinner. We have to be everything to everyone.

    Those moments, to me, when I want to take care of myself, I have to tune in. It’s different every time. I try to listen to myself, because I think every woman understands when they’ve had it and are at the end of their rope. When that moment happens, it’s usually because we’re not doing things for ourselves. That happened to me last night, and I went to dinner with my friends. I had a crying toddler who was like, “Mommy don’t go,” and it was terrible and hard, but I had to do that. And you know what? It filled my soul. You just have to tune in what you need in the moment.

    How does your fitness routine fit into your overall well-being?

    Fitness, for me, is my number one. I grew up dancing and moving. Kelly Ripa and I had a funny conversation one time, where we both called ourselves “frustrated athletes.” Growing up, whether it was dance or soccer or volleyball, I loved it. If I’m not active, if I’m not moving, I don’t feel good at all. I literally came home from my dinner last night, and I hadn’t really moved, so I just did some weird dance moves in the bathroom. I needed to get my energy flowing and things moving.

    To me, my mental health and stability can be very tied to how active I have been. It truly changes my brain. When I’m done working out, I just feel a thousand times better. It’s why I started [fitness clothing brand] Fabletics. It doesn’t mean you have to be some great athlete or gym shark. To me, it could be going for a walk. They’re showing all this amazing research about people who walk all the time. The areas where people live the longest, they just walk. They walk to everything.

    I see fitness as being active, not like being some sort of Olympian. As an expression, when we ride our bikes, when we hike, when we get into nature, when we dance, all of those things connect us to something outside of ourselves. It kind of lifts your spirit, on top of the science of fitness. It connects you to what’s outside of yourself. When you get too caught up in your own ego, it’s nice to see how small we are compared to all the other things in the world.

    This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

  3. UNC-Chapel Hill cancels classes after police investigate reported suicides

    Lucille Sherman
    Sun, October 10, 2021, 8:29 PM

    UNC-Chapel Hill officials canceled classes Tuesday after police investigated multiple reports of suicide since the start of classes this fall.

    “We are in the middle of a mental health crisis, both on our campus and across our nation, and we are aware that college-aged students carry an increased risk of suicide,” UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said in a statement. “This crisis has directly impacted members of our community – especially with the passing of two students on campus in the past month.”

    “At Carolina, we strive to put our students first in everything we do. We are living in a world that is constantly shifting and changing. We are facing major challenges and the ongoing toll this takes on our health cannot be underestimated. This cannot be solved by one person, or on one day, alone.”

    Tuesday will be a Wellness Day in which students are encouraged to rest and check in with each other.

    Chapel Hill police records show two calls made to 911 over the weekend, one regarding an attempted suicide, and another for a suicide. The university said investigations in both of those cases are ongoing.

    Police call logs also show two reported suicides in September.

    Police call logs only show what callers reported to 911, not what actually happened. That means the details that are publicly released for either of those cases could change after investigations are completed.

    In a release Sunday, which is designated as World Mental Health Day, UNC’s Undergraduate Executive Branch, Student Government and the Graduate and Professional Student Government said students’ mental health needs should be prioritized and considered.

    The executive branch said in a tweet Sunday it was in talks with university administration to cancel classes Monday and Tuesday, and the student government and graduate and professional student government said it’s requesting the university provide a break from instruction along with the postponement of University Day events.

    “All university actions should be guided by the expertise of Carolina’s mental health professionals and we request transparency from the university as to the implementation of this guidance,” the graduate and undergraduate student governments said. “A loss of even one Tar Heel is one too many.”

    Both releases encouraged students who are struggling to contact the Dean of Students team, Counseling and Psychological Services or Student Wellness for assistance.

    In addition, both releases said Counseling and Psychological Services support is available 24 hours a day by phone at (919) 966-3658 or in-person at the services’ offices on the third floor of Campus Health from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    On-campus residents can contact resident advisors or community directors by visiting the Community Office Front Desk or by calling (919) 843-5621.

    If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, you can receive confidential and free services 24/7 by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

  4. Long Covid is a bigger problem than we thought

    The long Covid problem might be bigger than we thought.

    A large study has revealed that one in three Covid-19 survivors have suffered symptoms three to six months after getting infected, with breathing problems, abdominal symptoms such as abdominal pain, change of bowel habit and diarrhoea, fatigue, pain, anxiety and depression among the most common issues reported.

    Researchers at the University of Oxford, the National Institute for Health Research and the Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre studied symptoms in more than 270,000 people recovering from Covid-19 and found that the nine features of long Covid were detected by clinicians more frequently in those who had been hospitalized, and slightly more often in women.

    But Dr. Max Taquet, National Institute for Health Research academic clinical fellow and one of the authors of the study, said the results show long Covid affects a significant proportion of people of all ages. “We need appropriately configured services to deal with the current and future clinical need,” he said.

    The study did not explain what causes long Covid symptoms, how severe they are or how long they will last, but it did show that people recovering from Covid were more likely to suffer long-term symptoms than those who had the flu.

    Dr. Amitava Banerjee, a professor of clinical data science at University College London who was not involved in the study, said this finding is “yet another arrow in the quiver against bogus ‘this is just like flu’ claims.”

    The symptoms people experienced varied, and many patients experienced more than one. Older people and men were more likely to have breathing difficulties and cognitive problems, whereas young people and women reported more headaches, abdominal symptoms, anxiety and depression.

    The authors stressed that although the number of such incidents was higher among the elderly and those with more severe initial illness, people who had suffered a mild disease, children and young adults also experienced long Covid.
    The accompanying data showed that as many as 46% of children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 22 had experienced at least one symptom in the six months after recovering.
    A Health Care Worker seals a coronavirus test swab.

    This risk of long Covid highlights why is it so important to protect children and young people from the coronavirus, even though the study said most don’t suffer from severe illness.

    Cases among children have been soaring in the US since the more contagious Delta coronavirus variant became the country’s dominant strain in July. The American Academy of Pediatrics reported 206,864 weekly cases among children on Monday. That was a slight decline compared to the previous week, but a 188% increase since the week of July 22.

    The data comes as Pfizer/BioNTech said Tuesday that they had begun submitting vaccine data on children aged 5 to 11 to the US Food and Drug Administration for review, and expect to submit a request for emergency use authorization in the coming weeks.
    The next key question is whether parents will want to get their kids vaccinated. Parents of 5-to-11-year-olds are split on the issue, with 44% saying they are likely to do so and 42% saying they are unlikely to, according to poll results from Axios-Ipsos published Tuesday.

  5. Here’s why planning a trip can help your mental health

    With the pandemic far from over, now may not be the right time for leisure travel. But that doesn’t mean trip planning is canceled too. There’s some good news for globe-trotters: According to researchers, looking ahead to your next adventure could benefit your mental health. Even if you’re not sure when that adventure will be.

    Some psychologists tout the mental benefits of vacationing somewhere new. One 2013 survey of 485 adults in the U.S. linked travel to enhanced empathy, attention, energy, and focus. Other research suggests that the act of adapting to foreign cultures may also facilitate creativity. But what about the act of planning a trip? Can we get a mental health boost from travel before we even leave home?

    Scientists talk travel

    Planning and anticipating a trip can be almost as enjoyable as going on the trip itself, and there’s research to back it up. A 2014 Cornell University study delved into how the anticipation of an experience (like a trip) can increase a person’s happiness substantially—much more so than the anticipation of buying material goods. An earlier study, published by the University of Surrey in 2002, found that people are at their happiest when they have a vacation planned.

    Amit Kumar, one of the co-authors of the Cornell study, explains that the benefits are less about obsessing over the finer points of an itinerary than they are about connecting with other people. One reason? Travelers “end up talking to people more about their experiences than they talk about material purchases,” he says. “Compared to possessions, experiences make for better story material.”

    (Related: This singer traveled halfway around the world to witness one breathtaking performance.)

    Among the pandemic’s many challenges: quarantine measures greatly reduce our ability to create new experiences and connect with other people. And we’re craving those connections and their social benefits more than ever.

    Kumar, now an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, says that the social-distancing experiment the pandemic forced on us has emphasized how much humans—social animals that we are—need to be together. He even suggests replacing the phrase “social distancing” with “physical distancing,” which better describes what we’re now doing; after all, quarantine measures are designed to protect our physical well-being.

    Managing emotional well-being is a different challenge. While we may not be as physically close to others as usual, we’re still able to interact with each other socially through voice and video chats. But you still need something to talk about—and plans for the future can serve as the perfect talking points for enhancing social relationships.

    Kumar’s co-author Matthew Killingsworth, now a senior fellow at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, says trip-planning encourages an optimistic outlook.

    “As humans, we spend a lot of our mental lives living in the future,” says Killingsworth, whose work centers on understanding the nature and causes of human happiness. “Our future-mindedness can be a source of joy if we know good things are coming, and travel is an especially good thing to have to look forward to.”

    One reason Killingsworth thinks that planning travel can be such a positive experience? The fact that trips are temporary. “Since we know a trip has a defined start and end, our minds are prone to savor it, even before it’s started,” he says. “Sometimes people even prefer to delay good experiences like a trip so they can extend the period of anticipation.”

    There’s another reason travel planning can produce happiness: We often know enough about a trip to imagine it and look forward to it—but there’s also enough novelty and uncertainty to keep our minds interested.

    “In a sense, we start to ‘consume’ a trip as soon as we start thinking about it,” Killingsworth says. “When we imagine eating gelato in a piazza in Rome or going water skiing with friends we don’t see as much as we’d like, we get to experience a version of those events in our mind.”

    Planning during a pandemic

    The post-pandemic future of travel is still unmapped. But Killingsworth recommends planning a vague itinerary (where to go, what to do)—without getting attached to taking the trip at any specific time. Then, start booking flights and hotels once experts say it’s safe to travel again. “If the experience becomes more stressful or depressing than fun, file it away for another time.”

    Former clinical psychologist turned author Alice Boyes agrees the general approach is best for now, “like learning about a national park you want to visit.”

    While travel can be anxiety-inducing—especially in the era of COVID-19—Boyes suggests that trip-planning can be calming.

    “If you’re anxious by nature, trip-planning can give you a sense of comfort and reduced anxiety,” she says. “For instance, I like to know exactly how I’m going to get from the airport to my hotel upon arrival in a foreign country. I like viewing the walking directions to places and using street view on Google maps, all in advance, so I have a good idea of what to expect and feel confident.”

    “This virus can stop our travel plans, but it cannot stop our travel dreams,” says travel expert Rick Steves in conversation with the New York Times. Planning for travel—thinking about it, talking about it, imagining it—may in fact be the best thing you can do to stay optimistic and, when this is all behind us, be ready to embark on your trip of a lifetime.

    Tips and tricks

    • Get inspired. No matter what kind of trip you’re longing to take, there’s a wide world of travel books to nourish inspiration. Try these great reads that whisk you away to paradise—or get excited to slow down and savor the journey.
    • Brush up on your trip-planning skills. New York Times’ “Frugal Traveler” Seth Kugel visited 50 countries in six years; his book Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious offers advice on how to channel the whimsy of global vagabonding. National Geographic’s 50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do lays out the best travel experiences in every U.S. state, from the obvious to the unexpected.
    • Ask for help. Yes, people still use travel agents—and with good reason. Now called travel advisors, they can help find the best deals, arrange complicated itineraries, and juggle large groups or family vacations.
    • Gather some maps. Nothing illuminates a place or helps you plan a trip like a good map. National Geographic publishes hundreds of world, continent, country, and city maps and atlases.

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  6. Nike closes offices for a week to give employees a mental health break

    By Devon Haskins, KGW News

    Global apparel and shoe company Nike is putting some of its employees’ mental health ahead of productivity. It has closed its corporate offices for the week so employees can “enjoy additional time off to rest and recover,” according to a statement.

    The move is celebrated by those who work at the company, which has its headquarters near Beaverton.

    Matt Marrazzo, a senior manager at Nike, posted on his LinkedIn page “It’s not just a ‘week off’ for the team … It’s an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done.”

    Another employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, told KGW, “It’s not only a chance to recharge and keep us together, but also a thank you for an impressive year.”

    Liz Tippett, an associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Law whose work emphasizes employment law and practices, said it is a good move by companies.

    “I like raising the focus of mental health as a basis for people to take their time off, not just when they’re physically ill,” Tippett said. “I think it’s important to recognize the role mental health plays for workers and worker well-being.”

    While those in the corporate offices are getting the paid week off, others aren’t getting it at all. Nike’s retail stores are still open.

    When KGW called a Nike retail store, the person who answered the phone said this was the first they were hearing about the paid time off for corporate employees.

    “If it is the case that part-time workers in a retail store are expected to come to work, whereas headquarter offices are not, that also sends a message about which kind of workers they care about and are willing to invest in,” Tippett said.

    In 2019, the World Health Organization recognized workplace burnout as an ‘occupational phenomenon.’ It was the first time the global health agency directly linked burnout in its classifications of diseases as a work hazard. It also meant workers could seek medical help for something other than an illness or health condition.

    In 2020 and 2021, companies began placing more of an emphasis on an employee’s mental health by giving them more time off.

    At Intel, Oregon’s largest private sector employer, employees can either take a four-week sabbatical after four years or wait and take an eight-week sabbatical after seven years. The company also began offering an additional 12 hours off for each half of 2021.

    In an email to KGW, a company official wrote the extra time off is “intended for employees to refresh and recharge during the ongoing pandemic.”

    Microsoft said its added five “wellbeing days” to its paid time-off benefits globally to help employees prioritize their health.

    — KGW News

  7. Online Therapy Got Popular During Covid. Should You Still See Your Therapist in Person?

    Should you go back to seeing your therapist in person?

    The rise of the Delta variant is complicating what was already a difficult decision for many. Nearly all outpatient mental health treatment moved online when the pandemic struck last year. As vaccines rolled out this year, more people became comfortable resuming some in person visits, but now Delta’s surge is creating new uncertainty.

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  8. Simone Biles is a role model for prioritizing her own mental health over an Olympic medal

    Athletes rely on their families for support in stressful situations. But the Olympic stands are empty for COVID, removing a source of reassurance.

    U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, adorned with bedazzled goats on her leotards, strut into competition with the pressure of living up to the GOAT acronym: the greatest of all time.

    Biles proved to be just that when she decided to withdraw from the team competition Tuesday.

    The most decorated gymnast in World Championships history, Biles is a hero and role model – not because she pushed through her pain for another medal but because she quit to take care of herself.

    “I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being,” Biles said. “That’s why I decided to take a step back.”

    Part of being great is recognizing when you can’t be great. Biles has shown the world what true strength looks like.

    Mental, physical health linked

    She’s helping young people realize that it’s OK to take care of themselves. She’s teaching them to prioritize their bodies because mental health and physical health are inextricably linked.

    Biles has been open about her depression after being sexually abused by team doctor Larry Nassar. She has overcome so much in her young life. Yet those now criticizing her actions exemplify the harsh reality of how stigmatizing issues of mental health are, particularly in the world of athletics.

    I applaud Biles and Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from both the French Open and Wimbledon, for prioritizing their mental health over others’ physical expectations of them. These athletes aren’t superhuman; they’re human. We can sit on our couches, snacking on potato chips, judging and demanding to be entertained. But the vast majority of us have never excelled to the level of an elite athlete.

    While we can accept a tweaked ankle or hamstring injury, we refuse to acknowledge how difficult it can be to focus mentally and emotionally and still compete at the highest level. And often these athletes rely upon their families and friends to keep them grounded. But the stands are empty this year. They can’t look into the audience for support. They can’t see a parent’s proud face sending a message that everything will be OK.

    “I’m kind of nervous I might freak out over that,” Biles has said of missing her parents. “I don’t feel set and comfortable until I find where they are in the crowd.”

    Biles was honest about the stress she was feeling at Summer Games. After the preliminary rounds, she shared some thoughts on Instagram offering clues that she was struggling.

    “It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it,” she wrote. “I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The Olympics is no joke!”

    Nothing is funny about pressure

    She’s right. Nothing is funny about the immense pressure she must have felt to be perfect. Imagine how difficult it was to make the decision to step aside with the world – literally – watching. She deserves credit for showcasing such courage.

    Athletes are finally starting to put their own well-being before sport. Biles is helping usher in a culture where they don’t have to sacrifice their health for medals, championship trophies and our entertainment.

    Biles remains the GOAT of U.S. women’s gymnastics. She remains an inspiration for all the young girls watching and dreaming of becoming an elite athlete. She’s setting an example of self-love and preservation for them – and it’s one that should not be ignored.

    National columnist Suzette Hackney is a member of USA TODAY’S Editorial Board. Contact her at shackney@usatoday.com or on Twitter: @suzyscribe

  9. Mental Health Boost After Bucks Win, Fans say Wisconsin United

    Tens of thousands of fans followed along for the Bucks NBA Championship run. Whether it was at watch parties, bars, living rooms or at the victory parade Thursday.

    “This is important for not just the city of Milwaukee, but the city of Racine, Kenosha, the whole state,” said Bucks fan Bill Waltenberger of Racine.

    The fans experienced collective happiness throughout the playoffs and after the win. Kevin Polky, the executive director of Red Oak Counseling in Oak Creek said there is science behind this.

    “Regardless of where you were, what your political affiliation was we could all be a Milwaukee Bucks fan together,” he told 12 News. “They had to come back, either from being down, or being two games down, or come back from our star player being injured and other people stepping up, all those things. Psychology-wise, the reason why we become so engrossed in these stories is because we want them to be our story too.”

    Many fans felt it was their story, yelling out “we did it” and “Milwaukee did it.”

    “Because we put all of this energy into not only watching it, but thinking about it and going through all the stuff that the analysts do before the game and all that, all those things help us as a fan to become part of a game that we actually directly don’t have anything to do with,” Polky said.

    Fans said it comes down to unity.

    “All these people, you could have like nothing in common with any of these people and have never met them but it’s just such a friendly environment here, everyone is just so excited,” said fan Blake Groleau.

    Now the challenge is keeping the unity and happiness once the initial emotions following the win fade.

    “There was high fiving, and knuckling and hugging going on and it didn’t matter where you live, how much money you made or what color your skin was,” Polky said. “If we can keep that lesson and remember that when the emotions aren’t going through us so much, that would mean that the championship really meant something.”

  10. Virtual Care Through AdvancedTelemedicine

    Keeping our patients, visitors and team members safe is our top priority. We are grateful for your patience and understanding while we work diligently to address this rapidly evolving situation. We are committed to delivering the highest quality care as we move through this challenging time.


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    For many of our patients, it is important to keep your appointments especially if you have a chronic condition. Your doctor will contact you if your appointments can be done virtually through a telehealth visit, otherwise, plan to come to the office.  Other specific services such as Spravato treatments will continue to be provided in the office with all safety precautions in place.  Make sure to call ahead if you are feeling ill. Our offices are taking special precautions to protect the health and safety of patients during this time. If you need medication refills or have a question for our office, please use our Patient Portal to communicate with us directly or call the main office number (844-534-7208).

    Carolina Behavioral Care will be offering virtual care through our Electronic Health Record, AdvancedMD’s AdvancedTelemedicine, on a practice wide basis beginning March 25, 2020 except for patients that require continuing office based care. This is an online way to virtually connect with your provider from any mobile device or computer with a camera. You’ll be scheduled with your provider for your care, and they can send a prescription to our CBC pharmacy who in turn will mail it to you. End-to-end care, without leaving home.

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    1101 Marco Drive, Suite 200, Apex, NC 27502


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    1440 Environ Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517


  • Charlotte Office

    7400 Carmel Executive Park, #155, Charlotte, NC 28226


  • Pinehurst office

    289 Olmsted Blvd Pinehurst, NC 28374


  • Hillsborough office

    209 Millstone Drive Hillsborough, NC 27278


  • Durham office

    4102 Ben Franklin Blvd Durham, NC 27704


Dr. David Cowherd, MD, FACC - Pinehurst Medical Clinic

Carolina Behavioral Care has been my number one choice for my psychiatric referrals for the past 20 years. Their level of professionalism is unsurpassed and I have never been disappointed.

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