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The Pros and Cons of EMRs for Mental Health Professionals

When HIPAA’s privacy law went into effect, it changed a great deal about how we deal with healthcare. Records in the mental health sector needed to be moved online, which required special classifications. With behavioral health EMRs, there are essentially two ways to classify patient data. The first are the records themselves, which track how the patient has progressed, as well as symptoms and prescriptions along the path toward recovery. The second is the therapist’s notes, which can be subject to state laws superseding any federal ones. This sensitive data and the implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs) in...

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5 Reasons Why It’s Not Too Late for Rehab

If you are reading this, you have come to a point when you are thinking about a way out. It could be for you or for someone you care about – both ways; it’s the best step forward. Alcohol and drug addiction have ruined not just lives but whole communities and nations. While the reasons are many and only a few are applicable to you, the path with drug and substance abuse always leads to the same dead end. It’s never too late to start thinking about getting back on track and here are some pretty good reasons for...

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Coping with Killer Stress: Short and Long-Term Strategies

Coping with Killer stress: Short and Long-Term Strategies High-levels of stress have been linked to an increase in heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. A stress load index is the biological “psychological stress load” markers one can handle before these increasingly common diseases take hold. It’s a way to set precursors and has been on the rise over the past few decades. Studies have revealed stress being a negative effect on our biological development. Early death and suffering is a result when exposure to stress is present throughout our development. Gloomy, to say the least. The Causes of Our Stress...

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4 Tips to Help Insomniacs Sleep at Night

How many times have you gotten up in the morning feeling exhausted? It’s a common occurrence for many people — they either aren’t getting enough rest or they aren’t getting quality sleep. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation negatively impacts your mind and body. It’s been linked to depression and anxiety. It can also cause mood swings, keep you from focusing properly, and lower your sex drive. Basically, sleep is important. If you aren’t getting enough quality rest at night, try these tips. Try Alternative Sleeping Arrangements Some people have physical problems that make it difficult to sleep laying down, so they...

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The Importance of Empathy in the Workplace

The world would be a better place with more empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand other people’s emotions and what they’re thinking or feeling. Empathy helps us better connect with those around us. However, with the rise of cyberbullying, the divisiveness in our current political climate, and increasing tensions in the global environment – it seems empathy, in general, has been in a decline. One place where we can start to bring empathy back is in the workplace. While the office can often be a competitive environment where everyone is working hard to advance their own careers, there...

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