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By On January 4th, 2018

The Psychology of Meditation

From time to time, we’re pleased to present a guest writer on the Brookhaven Blog. Dr. Ruwan M. Jayatunge is a longtime friend of Brookhaven Hospital. He graduated from the Vinnitsa National Medical University Ukraine where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree and joined the Ministry of Health from the Government of Sri Lanka.…


By On July 17th, 2017

PTSD and Childhood Trauma

article by Tyven Gabriner   In 2015, the Children’s’ Advocacy Centers nationwide reported over 311,000 cases of child abuse with an estimated 1,670 children who died of abuse and neglect. Children who experience physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal abuse can be diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which could lead to a lifetime of…


By On May 31st, 2017

Mental Health by the Numbers

With changes in store for the Affordable Care Act and the possible elimination or reduction of benefits for mental health and substance use disorders, it is vital to take a look at the current status of American healthcare. Do we currently have enough resources to serve people living with mental health and substance use disorders?…


By On May 5th, 2017

May is Mental Health Month

This month, we encourage you to take a moment to consider the social impact of mental health issues. Throughout America, people with mental illness experience extraordinary barriers. State-funded mental health programs are often understaffed and overwhelmed; research and development is often slow to introduce new treatments; private, individualized care is often expensive and inaccessible. In…


By On February 5th, 2017

Bottlers, Brooders & Battlers: How do you deal with negative emotions?

Feeling stuck in a negative emotional state happens to all of us. It is astounding what the mind can get up to: reliving the past, defeating and redundant tapes can play uninterrupted, if we let them. Sometimes we so fiercely need to be right, to believe in a world that is just, we unintentionally block…


By On January 10th, 2017

Bariatric surgery might not bring positive life transformation

It’s impossible to be part of our culture, and not get ensnared in the cycle of striving for happiness. If we attain a certain possession, begin a new relationship or lose weight then our life will be transformed, and we will be happy. Of course, what usually happens once we attain one thing, it is…


By On December 28th, 2016

Carrie Fisher Remembered for Her Honesty and Advocacy

Carrie Fisher’s fierce wit and honesty never seemed to fit in with the celebrity culture into which she was born. Really, her vulnerability and openness about her struggles with substances and Bipolar Disorder didn’t much fit in with the world in general. She continued to speak her truth, write about it, and worked as an…


By On December 1st, 2016

How to be resilient in difficult times

“How you react to the issue, IS the issue.” ― Habib Sadeghi, Within Difficult times come for us all at some point, right? What makes some individuals better able to cope with life transitions and change than others? After hitting some rough times, myself, recently, I’ve been pondering this question. Often it is in times…


By On November 21st, 2016

Surviving the Holidays when you have an Eating Disorder

Written by Joleen Wilson, RD/LD, CNSC, CBIS, Dietitian for Pathway to Eating Disorders Treatment at Brookhaven Hospital Thanksgiving and Christmas, with their undeniable focus on food and disruption of everyday routine, can wreak havoc in a person’s life who is currently dealing with or in recovery from an eating disorder (ED).  Saying, “Don’t think about food…


By On November 19th, 2016

Surgeon General Releases Stigma Reducing Report on Addiction

Earlier this week, Surgeon General,  Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, released a report about the impact of the disease of addiction in the U.S. The statistics around how many of us are affected by substance use disorders are staggering, as well as the number of individuals who die from a disease that is treatable.  I found the most…

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