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Behavioral Health

Caring for Your Physical and Mental Health

We all know a person, love a person or are ourselves a person who has experienced chronic health challenges such as cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, diabetes, mental illness, and more. It is not uncommon for mental illness and chronic conditions to co-occur. What we have learned is that an individual’s underlying environment plays a significant role in the development of both physical and mental health conditions.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. All 31 days are dedicated to mental health. Yet that still is absolutely not enough time to talk about something that affects millions of Americans. According to data provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the consequences of failing to care for our mental health are as follows:

May 16, 2019 | Rachel Velishek, LPCC


Healthy Eating after Stroke

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Once an individual has a stroke, the risk of another stroke increases. One way individuals can help manage that risk is by changing their diet.

May 13, 2019 | Nickie Kaetzel RDN, LD


The Art of Being Alone

A study conducted by a team at the University of Virginia found many people prefer electric shock to spending time alone with their thoughts. In fact, 67 percent of men, and 25 percent of women chose to shock themselves as a way to pass the time and avoid being alone with their thoughts. Many people crave solitude: they seek the opportunity for a break, a moment of silence, and time to just be. But this study suggests that people do not really enjoy being alone and that the idea of spending 10 minutes of solitude with their own thoughts is less pleasing than shock treatment. Additional studies have since been conducted, with one experiment that recruited individuals ranging from 18-77 years of age. Regardless of age, education, income, gender, or social media use the results consistently showed that people do not enjoy being alone with themselves.

May 09, 2019 | Rachel Velishek, LPCC


Warm Weather Safety Tips

The warmer weather of Spring reminds us that Summer is just around the corner! While Spring and Summer are full of fun and excitement, it can also mean injuries and illness resulting visits to the doctor and ER. The Fisher-Titus Emergency Department staff would like to remind you of the following safety tips so that you can prepare to avoid them and keep our warm weather seasons fun and injury free!

May 06, 2019 | Dr. Erin Kurtz