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Exercise and mental health

 
Why does exercise make us happy and calm? Almost everyone agrees that it generally does. Research shows that those who engage in exercise, even a small amount, reported improved mental health compared to those who never got out and exercised.  Try it, you won't regret it.
 

The world of depression

  A little known fact about our 16th president of the United States was that he suffered from Major Depressive Disorder.  He described this depression as a deep dark hole from which he could not climb out of at times. Like there was a tiger at the end of the bed waiting for him to get up so he could pounce on him.
  It never tires me to listen to the stories of people suffering from this and offering some help, hope, or just listening.  One common denominator in the lives of most of these is someone else who was emotionally abusive ussually during the childhood and suffering from the same symtoms.  Later on, even when this person is no longer in their lives, they begin to self-abuse with negative thoughts and the abuse goes on....

Adjusting to certain difficulties

There are many advantages to being privately employed, but there are definitely difficulties that go along with it.  Probably, as expected, tops on the list are getting paid.  This would be mostly for persons just starting out in private practice and being credentialed on insurance panels for payment.  It doesnt seem like it would take several months for this to happen but for various reasons it does sometimes.  First getting credentialed is a journey going back and forth with the companies with mistakes or missing information on forms, and extra forms to complete.  Second after you have completed the applications there is waiting to be told that you have been accepted as a provider.  Third aftter all of that, you wait for payment of the claim, which for some companies, can take several months.  While waiting for all of this to happen you are forced to live on co-payments, which are, as you know 15, 20, 25, or 30 dollars depending on the insurance.  Now i dont know about any of you, but it is not easy to live on those kind of payments.  If you are fortunate enough to have money to live on, or to have cash paying customers than you may have it easier.  Of course there are other difficulties with private practice such as direction.  When you come from an agency you are used to having everything told to you, as far as, how everything is supposed to be done.  When in private practice the important things you already know, but there are some things that you have to make decisons on for yourself and its not always an easy thing to do.  There are more, but no time to list them right now, but all in all, it is worth the work, cause i really love what i do, and would not want to be doing anything else no matter how much money.  Its all about adjusting. 

New ventures

Leaving my current employment, I cant help but reflect on past and current counseling relationships with clients and relationships with staff members.  Seems there is never a "good time" to leave, but it is something that has to be done.  My plan since beginning this field of work has been private practice, but certain avenues had to be followed in order for that to happen.  My hope is that my practice will allow me to be there for the ones who find themselves in a place where it seems there are no, or limited options, and for myself, never having to tell the ones who depend on me that I am leaving.

First post

began my career working with adults with serious mental illnesses as a House Manager for Riverbend Center for Mental Health gaining valuable experience in the daily life struggles of persons with these debilitating diseases.  I then served as a member of the management staff as Intake Coordinator/Staff Counselor at Shoals Treatment Center specializing in addictions and co-occuring mental disorders.  At Centerstone Mental Health, I worked as a therapist serving child, adolescents, teenagers and adults with mental health, addictions, behavioral issues, marriage couples counseling, co-occuring mental and addiction problems, addiction group therapy, federal probation clients, and worked with local schools with individual education programs for children with behavioral managment difficulties.  I feel that these experiences give me  unique perspectives on difficulties one may be dealing with at any age, or place in life.
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