Student’s Corner: Acceptance & Football

Trigger Warning: suicide “Dum Spiro Spero” As a born and raised Southerner, college football was ingrained in me from a young age. War Eagle! This past week, I was studying for psychiatric nurse practitioner finals, a source of stress for anyone. On my study breaks, I was constantly watching google for the announcement of Auburn’s [...]

By |2022-12-14T13:27:36-05:00December 14th, 2022|Mental Health, Student's Corner|Comments Off on Student’s Corner: Acceptance & Football

Probiotics and Mental Health

Probiotics has become a buzz word.  It seems like we are inundated with the importance of adding probiotics to our daily lives.  Many of us have done this or tried to do this (maybe not consistently) and felt the same as we did before, so what is the big deal with probiotics?  Well, I highly [...]

By |2021-10-11T14:39:50-04:00October 11th, 2021|Mental Health|Comments Off on Probiotics and Mental Health

Integrative Psychiatry: An Approach to Treatment

I apologize for my absence from blogging for the past several months.  This was not my intention.  However, I have a great excuse.  I just completed my year long integrative psychiatry fellowship with Dr. James Greenblatt.  The fellowship was insightful beyond words.  It opened my eyes as a psychiatric provider that has been practicing since [...]

By |2021-09-01T16:25:20-04:00September 1st, 2021|Mental Health|Comments Off on Integrative Psychiatry: An Approach to Treatment

Sobriety in the New Year

January has unique properties in comparison to the other months of the year. It promises a fresh start, an opportunity to make change and grow. Many of us will be called to write resolutions. A popular resolution among many is sobriety, from alcohol especially. Drinking has become an extremely social activity, which leads to potentially [...]

By |2021-01-26T09:47:43-05:00January 26th, 2021|Mental Health|Comments Off on Sobriety in the New Year

High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Anxiety

Anxiety is a mood disorder that affects 18.1% of Americans each year according to ADAA. Though the holidays are an extremely hectic time that can cause elevated stress, what about the almost ¼ of Americans that suffer year long? As prevalent as anxiety is, there are many individuals that go undiagnosed and untreated due to [...]

By |2020-12-08T11:24:12-05:00December 8th, 2020|Mental Health|Comments Off on High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Anxiety

Gratefulness During COVID-19

The month of November ushers in the holiday season- usually a time of intense productivity and togetherness. These things bring stressors and COVID-19 adds layers of emotion to this already stressful period. We are all dealing with some sort of loss as we wrap up the year and it is fitting that the holidays are [...]

By |2020-11-03T17:10:07-05:00November 3rd, 2020|COVID-19, Depression, Mental Health|Comments Off on Gratefulness During COVID-19

Mood Cycles

As we approach the fall and winter seasons, some people will experience mood changes. Seasonal change can trigger depression, anxiety, and irritability for some individuals. In the fall, the days are shorter and darker, which can lead to mood shifts. As the weather gets colder, we tend to hibernate and be less active. This can [...]

By |2020-10-08T15:37:04-04:00October 8th, 2020|COVID-19, Mental Health|Comments Off on Mood Cycles

Feeling Overwhelmed

It is September and many of us (including myself) are feeling overwhelmed.  For those with kids, schools have started, which normally would be a huge relief, but for so many parents during Covid, its additional stress since kids are now homeschooled.  For those without kids, you might feel overwhelmed by your work during Covid.  Several [...]

By |2020-09-11T13:24:27-04:00September 11th, 2020|COVID-19, Depression, Mental Health|Comments Off on Feeling Overwhelmed

The 6 Cs of Development During COVID-19

I’m excited to share this blog with you.  Dr. Audrey Prus is an expert in child development, particularly for middle school aged children (please see her bio at the end of the blog).  She also happens to be my mom.  She created an important tool for character development and self-reflection for my middle school aged [...]

By |2020-08-11T11:11:44-04:00June 1st, 2020|COVID-19, Mental Health|Comments Off on The 6 Cs of Development During COVID-19

How to Understand and Overcome Low Self Confidence

Diane scheduled her first psychiatric appointment because she “was tired of struggling with low self-confidence”.  She reports that she had been missing out on work opportunities and feeling “overlooked” for promotions.  At first, she thought it was because her boss was “friends” with some of her co-workers but as she began to analyze the situation, [...]

By |2020-04-30T10:59:27-04:00May 1st, 2020|Mental Health|Comments Off on How to Understand and Overcome Low Self Confidence
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