Mental Health

Post COVID Stress Disorder

Jan 25, 2021

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a disorder that "may result when an individual lives through or witnesses an event in which he or she believes that there is a threat to life or physical integrity and safety and experiences fear, terror, or helplessness".  The question we ask ourselves in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic is if we all, to a lesser or greater extent, are victims of PTSD? Taking these clinical diagnoses and applying them to the lives we have lived over the last year, we could make a layman's clinical diagnosis that American...

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Filed Under: changes in healthcare, covid-19, Mental Health, mental telehealth, PCSD, post-COVID, telehealth

Mental Health Cost of COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020

By Mark Schlussel, CEOAs a nation we are facing a pandemic that threatens the fabric of our society -  We are aware of the need for social distancing and washing of  hands frequently. Those messages have been received.  However, as the reality of our isolation sinks in, we need to turn our attention to the mental health cost, as well as the physical and economic costs, of this pandemic.  There is no doubt in my mind that this experience will impact each one of us, no matter our background or socio-demographic. We will each never be the same as we...

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Filed Under: changes in healthcare, coronavirus, covid-19, healthcare quality, medical access, Mental Health, preventive healthcare, quarantine, social distancing, telehealth

Telemedicine’s Role in Today’s Healthcare

Mar 6, 2020

We live in an age where the process of communication always seems to have an intermediary involved. We text rather than call; we gossip on social media; we ask Amazon to send us things by talking to "Alexa"; we receive higher education in the form of online courses, we use AI to select potential romantic partners, and now we're eliminating another significant human contact point - the physician. We're moving into the era of telemedicine. While the training for physicians now includes becoming more people conscious and having as much EQ as IQ,  we are telling them to be effective...

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Filed Under: changes in healthcare, coronavirus, corporate wellness, doctor shortages, healthcare quality, medical access, Mental Health, patient satisfaction, preventive healthcare

Are You Aging Up or Down? How old do you Feel?

Nov 6, 2019

Our state of mind has a profound impact on all aspects of our life. In a fascinating article in the October 22nd edition of the New York Times, “You May Only Be as Old as You Feel”, Emily Laber-Warren explores the difference between chronological age and "subjective age". We each have a chronological age. When we were children, we were often asked "How old are you?" Always being anxious to be older, we usually held up more fingers than our age. So our mother or father told us we were going to be that many fingers, but right now we were one finger...

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Filed Under: Mental Health, mental status affects health, retirement

Mental Health Disease – the Silent Illness

Aug 28, 2019

My first contact with a tangible mental illness and its implications occurred as a young lawyer trying a murder case in which my client, assigned to me by the court, was accused of murdering his wife. In the normal course, I sought a mental health evaluation of my client. I called one of the most prominent forensic psychiatrists in Detroit and asked him if he would evaluate this individual to determine if he could stand trial or if there was a mental health defense to his criminal actions. The psychiatrist visited the individual at the county jail and conducted an...

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Filed Under: changes in healthcare, Health Management, healthcare quality, Mental Health, mental status affects health