PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may occur from exposure to real or threatened serious physical and mental injury such as childhood trauma, natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, exposure to...

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Trauma-Informed Care

What is Trauma-Informed Care? As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am aware of neuroscience, genetics, epidemiology, and other risk factors that can put someone at higher risk for mental illness. Physical, emotional, sexual abuse...

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Dance and Mental Wellness

Dance and Mental Health Researchers from Sweden had studied 100 teenage girls who had issues with depression and anxiety. Half of the females attended dance classes weekly while the other half did not.  Those who attended weekly dance sessions...

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Why is Gratitude Important?

Why is Gratitude Important? Robert Eammons Has been researching the science behind gratitude. In humans, there is a very strong relationship between gratitude and emotions. Gratitude makes us appreciate the gifts we have. Gratitude between people...

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Importance of Medication Compliance.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, medication is not taken as prescribed 50% of the time. 20 to 30% of new prescriptions are never filled at the pharmacy.  Only 51% of patients taking medications for high blood pressure continue...

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Prayer and Spirituality

There are many types of religion that include Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. A Harvard study by Professor Tyler VanderWeele found that those who pray daily had fewer depressive episodes and symptoms. The study also revealed that those who...

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Mental Wellness

What is mental wellness?  Mental Wellness is the early prevention in early intervention before you are unable to cope with a challenging situation.  Mental wellness is having that awareness of your social relationships, boundaries, emotions, how...

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June is PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD awareness month. Those who have been diagnosed with PTSD prefer not to be seen by a psych nurse practitioner or psychiatrist or counselor. People who have PTSD do not want to relive the experience. Most will suffer in silence. Here...

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Tips on Mental Resiliency

Tips on Mental  Resiliency Self-care. Take time to relax. Mindfulness meditation can reduce stress, anxiety, and it boosts feel-good emotions.  Before getting out of bed, thank happy thoughts. Try to identify something positive in your life. As...

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Mind-Body Connection

 Mind-Body Connection Research shows that there is a connection between our physical health and our mental health. According to research by Vicki Brower, there is a connection between the mind and body. Mental health affects our physical health...

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Tips for a Better Sleep

Sleep Hygiene  Wind down at least 20 minutes before bedtime Have a sleep routine even on the weekends. Remove all electronic devices. Bright light hinders the production of melatonin. This is a hormone that helps with sleep. Use relaxation...

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