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There’s a severe shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas . Here’s why that’s a serious problem

651D43E6-FF70-4317-AE2D-B5AFCD528341Stewart-Webster Hospital closed in 2013, leaving residents in rural Richland, Georgia, without another hospital for miles. Hospitals can be a main source of behavioral health care, and options for such care become scarcer and scarcer with every closure

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AJ Willingham and Elizabeth Elkin, CNN
June 22, 2018

 

Almost every American will, at some point or another, face a mental health challenge. It may be related to depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse or maybe something more circumstantial like grief over a loss or trouble adjusting to a life change. The CDC reports 43.4 million adults suffered from some sort of behavioral health issue in 2015 alone.

 

Now, imagine there wasn’t a psychiatrist or psychologist for miles around, let alone another specialist who these millions of people could trust with their specific needs. This is what life is like for many Americans in rural communities.

 

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that a majority of non-metropolitan counties (65%) do not have a psychiatrist and almost half of non-metropolitan counties (47%) do not have a psychologist.

 

This is troubling because poor access to mental health care, according to experts, is a serious issue that overlaps with other public health crises like drug abuse and suicide.

Limited access means care is a last resort

 

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Lonely thoughts grow into depression!

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If we could look back on a bout with depression, we would find negative thoughts and emotions circling our subconscious for days.

 

Depression seems to be linked to expectations, judgments and negative emotions. We dissociate into the past or worry about the future.

 

 

We feel separate from something, someone or maybe life itself.

 

 

If we feel lonely, we are missing something.

 

 

Desire has crossed over to important need.

 

 

If this need is not met, loneliness can ensure. Depression is only a short distance away.

 

Watch the reality show “Alone”. They drop ten people off separately in a secluded spot on Vancouver Island. The one who can last the longest wins a pile of money.

 

Their minds are alone without any external stimulus for the first time except nature.

 

 

The isolation and seclusion drive most nuts within days. They did not have a soccer ball like Tom Hanks in “Castaway”.

 

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) in “Shawshank Redemption” states there is a place inside your head where no prison exists, where no one can reach. Listening to the pure operatic music transported him outside those prison bars.

 

How have people like Victor Frankl and Nelson Mandela found inner peace and purpose in their harsh lives?
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As Loneliness Rises Among Americans, Experts Warn It’s Making Many Sick

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(CBS Local)- Former Surgeon General Doctor Vivek Murthy brought mental health to the forefront last September when he wrote in the Harvard Business Review that loneliness is a “growing health epidemic.” Now a recent survey by health service company Cigna adds to that by showing many Americans say they sometimes or always feel alone.

 

The survey of more than 20,000 U.S. adults ages 18 years and older revealed some alarming findings:

 

 

* Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent).

 

* One in four Americans (27 percent) rarely or never feel as though there are people who really understand them.

 

* Two in five Americans sometimes or always feel that their relationships are not meaningful (43 percent) and that they are isolated from others (43 percent).

 

* One in five people report they rarely or never feel close to people (20 percent) or feel like there are people they can talk to (18 percent).

 

Interestingly, Generation Z — those ages 18 to 22 — were the loneliest group in the survey, while adults 72 and older were the least lonely. “Loneliness is defined as a feeling of being alone or lacking social connectedness,” Dr. Douglas Nemecek, M.D., chief medical officer for Behavioral Health at Cigna, told CBS News. “At Cigna, we’ve been hearing more and more from our customers and individuals calling us that they’re feeling lonely, alone and disconnected from others.

 

 

Murthy, who was appointed Surgeon General by President Barack Obama in 2013, wrote that today 40% of adults in America say they feel lonely and the rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s. Some experts are doubling down on Murthy’s health concerns, going as far as saying loneliness is making people ill and can even shorten one’s lifespan.

 

“We get multiple ways that our physical body can break down,” cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf recently told KTSB-TV. “But also there’s the mind where the frustration, depression, anxiety, all those adjectives, all those descriptions those are are also side-effects, so people pull away.”

 

Leaf, who focuses her work on the mind-brain connection, writes on her website that “75 to 95 percent of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life.” That is, negative or toxic thoughts can singlehandedly affect our health and lead to serious diseases including diabetes, asthma, and even cancer, she believes.

 

“When we think, feel, and choose, we are changing and influencing every single cell in our body,” she told KTSB.

 

The uptick in loneliness rates is impacting the overall health of the country. According to a report from Gallup, loneliness causes long-term stress and people who don’t have strong social connections in the workplace are more likely to fall sick or be injured.

 

“One feels a sense of emptiness, kind of like an emptiness of the soul. A wounded heart and lack of connection. A sense of disconnection,” Dr. Cheryl Bemel told CBS Minnesota. “It’s very hard to have someone really listen. When someone says ‘how are you doing?’ Are they really asking how are we doing? We typically ask that question and expect people to say ‘I’m good.’”

 

Previous research shows that loneliness can contribute to health problems, like heart disease. A study in 2010 showed loneliness has the same effect on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it more dangerous than obesity.

Thoughts are tiny!!!!

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Thoughts are tiny!!!!

 

 

Thoughts can be air, invisible, powerless.

 

 

Thoughts can also, dominate life, bringing doubt, worry, anxiety and terror.

 

 

Thoughts are tiny when we focus, using the breath in a mindful way.

 

 

Thoughts grow when we ruminate, meandering into the past.

 

 

When thoughts are tiny, negative emotions have little influence.
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Why do we judge ourselves so harshly?

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Why is it easy to be kind to others, difficult to bring kindness to our own doorstep.

 

 

Empathy and kindness flow freely for others, trickles down to my pond.

 

 

Why do we judge ourselves so harshly?

 

 

I do not recognize my harshness until someone chides me, be easy on yourself. My expectations are extremely high, rejection, loss or shame cuts deep.

 

 

It takes special awareness to accept kindness from myself, obtaining more kindness is problematic.    I can give volumes of kindness, easily to others, this level of kindness is never granted or experienced personally.

 

 

 

We get lost in the confusion, our ego leads the judgment machine.

 

 

 

 

Self love needs daily practice  until it becomes a strong habit.

 

 

 

 

I find this present moment gives me resolve, gives me perspective.

 

 

 

Thinking of the past haunts us, worrying about the future robs us, and judging condemns us.

 

 

Know that kindness is available, it is just hidden.
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Attitude. It is not easy at times

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“Success is 99 percent failure.”

 

-Soichiro Honda
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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

 

 

Thomas Edison
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My two cents: We can gain strength from the tenacity and wisdom of other humans.
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“Perfect Breathing”: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!!!

 

 

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In addition to being downright pleasurable and relaxing, Perfect Breathing has other effects that are not so obvious.

 

 

With each conscious breath your body begins to stand down from the nearly constant attack posture that characterizes the fight-or-flight response brought on by so-called “modern living” and chronic stress.

 

 

The arteries, veins, and capillaries of your pulmonary system begin to dilate, increasing the blood flow throughout your body.

 

 

They also become more elastic, reversing the damaging effects of arteriosclerosis.

 

For reasons that are still not fully understood, the acid level in your blood drops when you breathe correctly, making your body able to more effectively process salt which, along with the dilation of your arteries, veins, and capillaries, causes your blood pressure to drop and your heart rate to slow.

 

 

That full deep breath also causes your diaphragm to move nearly three times farther than usual, which stimulates your internal organs and helps circulate the lymph that removes the waste generated by every cell in your body.

 

 

The additional oxygen you take in more effectively removes the waste that your blood brings to your lungs in exchange for fresh oxygen.

 

 

All of this happens with each deep inspiration.

 

 

Were this a late-night infomercial, this is where the announcer would say, “Now how much would you pay for that kind of priceless health?”

 

 

But wait, there’s more!

 


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