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New insights into how exercise can lift mood in depression

Read original article HERE. There is growing evidence that exercise can help to treat symptoms of depression and lift mood, although the reasons have been unclear. Now, a new study finds that the body’s endocannabinoid system may play a role. The researchers propose that a better appreciation of the relationship between exercise, mood, and the endocannabinoid system could result in better treatments for depression. The study investigated changes in mood and endocannabinoid levels in people with major depression who exercised at different intensities on a stationary bike. The investigators found a significant increase in endocannabinoid levels and improvement in mood after a session of prescribed exercise of moderate intensity. The endocannabinoid system is a cell signaling system comprising the body’s own cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids, and receptors. It extends throughout the body and influences the function of the immune, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. When a particular endocannabinoid binds to a matching cell receptor, it sends a signal into the cell that...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Announces the July 2019 Employee of the Month

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia is proud to announce the July 2019 Employee of the Month SHIRLEY J., MHT Shirley J., MHT was nominated by her peers who provided the following comments about Shirley: Shirley is … An awesome employee Adds value to the hospital and patient care Is a JOY to have as a co-worker! Please join the Staff and Admistration of CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia in congratulating Shirley for this important recognition!

Latino Mental Health

See original article HERE. Video Transcript Latinos are no different when it comes to prevalence of mental health conditions when compared to the rest of the population. However, your concerns or experiences and how you understand and cope with these conditions may be different. This page focuses on the common challenges many Latinos face in seeking mental health care so that you know how to find help. Why does mental health matter? Without mental health we can’t be healthy. Any part of the body—including the brain—can get sick. We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time that are caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions to specific situations. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood. These changes can alter your life because they make it hard to relate to others and function like you used to. Without proper treatment, mental...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Expands Medical Staff

Please join CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia in welcoming Sarmistha Bhalla, M.D. and Syed Khalid Imam, M.D. Sarmistha Bhalla, M.D. Medical Director of Geriatric Services Dr. Sarmista Bhalla has been appointed Medical Director of Geriatric Services at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia where she will oversee our Silver Lining Program for senior adults. Dr. Bhalla comes to CenterPointe with 23 years of experience as a psychiatrist and researcher in a wide range of medical settings. In her private practice, Refound Psychiatric Services Group, Dr. Bhalla specializes in working with senior adults in hospitals and nursing homes. For more information about the Silver Lining Program for Senior Adults, click HERE, or call 855-623-7016 Toll Free or 573-615-2001 Admissions. Syed Khalid Imam, M.D. Medical Director of Adolescent Services Dr. Syed Khalid Imam has been appointed Medical Director of Adolescent Services at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia where he will oversee our Stepping Stones Program for children and adolescents. Dr. Imam comes to CenterPointe with 29...Read More >

Influenza and Your Psyche

Read original article HERE. The flu can be pretty depressing. call my mom once or twice a week to check in. When I called yesterday, she took a second or two longer than usual to respond. When she did finally say something, she sounded pretty awful. “Welcome,” she whispered. (Raspy breath.) “To the house…” (cough, wheeze.) “Of pesti(cough)lence.” It seemed like it was hard for her to get this little six-word sentence out of her mouth. Then she took another shallow breath. (wheeze, cough) “I’ve got the flu.” She’d received the vaccination a few months ago, but like lots of Americans this year, she got the bug anyway. She explained to me that she had started taking anti-influenza medications, and she was already feeling better than she did the day before. Still, influenza in an older person—and she’d kill me if she knew I was calling her old—is a big deal. This got me thinking about the effects of this year’s historic flu season...Read More >

Some children are more likely to suffer depression long after being bullied

Read original story HERE. Some young adults who were bullied as a child could have a greater risk of ongoing depression due to a mix of genetic and environmental factors according to a new study from the University of Bristol. Researchers wanted to find out what factors influenced depression in young adults between the ages of 10 and 24 and why some people responded differently to risk factors such as bullying, maternal postnatal depression, early childhood anxiety and domestic violence. Using detailed mood and feelings questionnaires and genetic information from 3,325 teenagers who are part of Bristol’s Children of the 90s study, alongside evidence of these risk factors at nine points in time they found that childhood bullying was strongly associated with trajectories of depression that rise at an early age. Children who continued to show high depression into adulthood were also more likely to have genetic liability for depression and a mother with postnatal depression. However, Children who were...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Brings Additional Mental Health Services to Columbia and Central Missouri

Phil Sheridan, CEO of CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia, talks to KSSZ The Eagle “Wake Up Columbia” listeners, about mental health treatment for all ages and how to access those services.

Contact with nature during childhood could lead to better mental health in adulthood

Read original article HERE. Date: May 21, 2019 Source: Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) Summary: Almost 3,600 people participated in a European study on the impact of green and blue spaces on mental health and vitality. Adults who had close contact with natural spaces during their childhood could have a better mental health than those who had less contact, according to a new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa,” involving four European cities. Exposure to natural outdoor environments has been associated with several health benefits, including a better cognitive development and better mental and physical health. However, few studies have explored the impact of childhood exposure to natural environments on mental health and vitality in adulthood. Furthermore, studies have more frequently considered green spaces (gardens, forests, urban parks) than blue spaces (canals, ponds, creeks, rivers, lakes, beaches, etc.). This study, published in the International Journal of Environment Research and Public...Read More >

Project Wake Up documentary shines a bright light on mental health

See original article HERE. Wake up! That’s the message that Alex Lindley is spreading through the nonprofit he helped to found off tragedy and heartbreak. In 2012, Lindley’s friend Carolyn Dolan took her own life. Although college students at the time, a group of friends, including Dolan and Lindley, had remained close since their Parkway West Middle days. The friends hadn’t experienced a loss quite like this one and instead of banding together, Lindley said there was silence. “We didn’t talk about it. We didn’t know how,” he said. “Some of us had experienced traumatic loss, but certainly not suicide.” Lindley knew Dolan was battling some form of mental illness, and she often was down while going through tough times. But he never expected the outcome. When a second friend in that group, Ryan Candice, died by suicide two years later, Lindley was reeling. “Personally, I was hyper-vigilant in looking for signs that my friends were contemplating suicide,” Lindley said....Read More >

Local Community Providers and Leaders Welcome Phil Sheridan, Chief Executive Officer

Local community providers and leaders met Phil Sheridan, Chief Executive Officer of CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia, during a welcome reception on July 19th.  Phil comes to CenterPointe with over 25 years of corporate and senior executive experience working in a wide range of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings.  Phil is a strong community advocate for behavioral health treatment and will work closely with community partners to provide a quality continuum of treatment services that benefit the patients we mutually serve.

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