All Mental Healthcare Articles
  • Employee wellness programs boost employee satisfaction and productivity

    Joy Burgess Civil & Government

    ​Many companies have been turning to employee wellness programs to help reduce employee healthcare costs. In fact, statistics from the American Institute for Preventive Medicine show that 91 percent of organizations now offer some type of wellness program, a percentage that has risen substantially in the last decade.

  • Conversion disorder or misdiagnosis in the ED?

    Maria Frisch Medical & Allied Healthcare

    ​Conversion disorder presents as a physical disorder, but is instead thought to be a manifestation of underlying psychological conflict or need. The American Psychiatric Association's "​Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition" (DSM-5) classifies conversion disorder as one of the somatic symptom and related disorders. Formerly, the DSM-IV-TR categorized the disorder as simply a somatoform disorder.

  • The role of manganese and astrocytes in brain toxicity

    Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani Medical & Allied Healthcare

    The interactions between the astrocytes and neurons play a central role in brain functioning via neurotransmitter recycling, and disruption of this recycling is associated with several neuropathological conditions. Manganese-mediated toxicity helps in better understanding about cycling between the neurons and astrocytes, and this knowledge about the brain function might highlight potential molecular tools for neurotoxicity.

  • From uninsured to covered: PAs at the forefront of the ACA

    Maria Frisch Medical & Allied Healthcare

    In September, the U.S. Census reported rates of uninsured during 2012. A reported 15.4 percent (48 million) of people were uninsured, down from 15.7 percent in 2011. Medicare covered 15.7 percent of the population in 2012, compared with 15.2 percent in 2011. Since 1999, the proportion of people insured through private insurance has declined, while the proportion of those insured through public insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, state programs, etc.) has risen, from 24.2 to 32.6. This has added significant burden to an already over-extended government.

  • Online physician reviews mostly positive, but reliability questioned

    Pamela Lewis Dolan Healthcare Administration

    ​A new survey finds a large number of doctors regularly monitor reviews written about them online. But that may not equate to an overwhelming endorsement of physician review websites.

  • Brainstorming: Knowing when it’s safe to return to athletic activity

    Colleen Butler

    Colleen Butler, author of "Concussion Recovery: Rebuilding the Injured Brain," is offering practical advice to help with the recovery from brain injury. In the fourth edition of Brainstorming, readers have asked about returning to athletic activity as well as biofeedback and brain mapping.

  • Physician burnout: No one cares — but you should

    Dr. Jonathan Kaplan

    ​Have you read the articles over the last several months about physician burnout and fatigue? I’ll admit that as someone in the physician fishbowl, I’m on the inside and hear a lot about physician burnout that most of the public may not see. But doctors are upset and having significant emotional distress because of their chosen field.

  • The importance of social support in organ transplantation outcomes

    Maria Frisch

    ​Epidemiological studies have linked poor social support to negative health outcomes and higher mortality rates across ​a multitude ​of medical ​conditions. Social support appears to result in more positive biological profiles, and ​recent research on immune-mediated inflammatory processes shows how integrative physiological mechanisms directly link ​social support to physical health.

  • EAPs keeping families healthy and strong

    Jessica Woods

    Employee assistance plans only help if they are utilized. It seems like such a simple statement, but in reality there are many people who never use their EAP to their best benefit.

  • 5 tips to prevent burnout in ministry

    Deborah Ike

    Do you sometimes feel like you live at the church? Do you feel guilty leaving each day knowing there's still more work to be done? If so, you’re not alone. I've worked in ministry and felt the struggle between the work I was dedicated to do for God and my own physical, emotional and spiritual health.