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Pandemic Fears Grow As New Coronavirus Spreads

Pandemic Fears Grow As New Coronavirus Spreads

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday postponed a decision to declare a global public health emergency over a new viral illness which has spread across China and reached the United States.

“The decision about whether or not to declare a public health emergency of international concern is one I take extremely seriously, and one I am only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all the evidence,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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Nearly 9 In 10 Parents Feel Teens Spend Too Much Time On Video Games

While plenty of people can still remember a time before video games, home consoles aren’t exactly a new concept anymore. These devices have been around for decades at this point, and an entire generation who once spent countless hours with their Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis are adults. So, now that millions of once-upon-a-time teenage gamers are raising children themselves, it’s plausible to assume they’ll be more accepting of their kids playing video games than their parents may have been ten or twenty years ago.

Interestingly, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, that isn’t the case. Roughly nine in 10 (86%) of surveyed parents say they believe teens today are spending too much time playing video games. The research consisted of 963 parents with at least one child between the ages of 13-18.

However, that’s not to say modern parents aren’t completely down on video games; 71% believe that video games can actually have a positive influence on their own children.

Among the poll’s other results, one finding that sticks out is the revelation that many parents with children who spend excessive time gaming seem to have convinced themselves that their kids’ habits aren’t any worse than their peers. Among parents who reported their teen plays video games every day, 54% say their teen does so for over three hours on a daily basis. Of that group, only 13% believe their teen spends more time gaming than their friends or classmates, and 78% think their child games less than their peers.

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Workaholic Epidemic: 4 In 10 Adults Just ‘Can’t Stop’ Working

Life is all about balance, and one of the most important balancing acts of any adult’s day-to day existence is separating work life and home life. Unfortunately, many modern workers just don’t know when to take a break — even if they’re home and the workday, for all intents and purposes, is over. That’s the main finding from a new survey of 2,000 British employees that found a staggering 40% just cannot stop working.

The survey, commissioned by SPANA, also found that many current employees (one in six) spend more than 11 hours a week focusing on their job while outside the office — typically by checking their emails or making calls.

Overall, almost half of those surveyed said they enjoy their work, but 65% said they hate their habit of constantly focusing on their job. Only three percent said they actually leave their office each day when their shift is supposed to end.

Other workaholic symptoms included never taking a lunch break, working on weekends, and consistently being the last employee to leave the office every day. Workaholics also often ignore their families, feel anxious when not focusing on work, and actually end up talking to their bosses more than their spouse!

Featured Guest Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T.

Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T. is the Executive Director and Founder of Celia Center, a support center that meets the critical needs of all those connected by Foster Care and Adoption. She is also the clinical director of Yoffe Therapy

Website: https://www.yoffetherapy.com/

Speaking Points:
1. Mental and behavioral health is the largest unmet health need for children and teens in foster care and is a public health crisis.

2. Foster Care Statistics:
In 2017, about 442,995 children were placed in foster care. Nearly 1/3 of them lived with relatives.

b. Recent studies suggest that up to 80% of children in foster care have significant mental health issues.

c. According to a national study by the Urban Institute, foster children had higher levels of emotional and behavior problems, more often had physical, learning, or mental health conditions that limited their psychosocial functioning, and were less engaged in school and more likely to have been expelled.

d. Of the children in foster care, just 23% of those in care for at least 12 months received any mental health services. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

e. Approximately 30% to 40% of children in foster care receive services through Special Education. (Vulin-Reynolds, Stephans, Lever & Weist, 2008)

d. Nearly 40% spend one to three years in foster placement.

e. Foster youth are 3-5 times more likely to commit suicide than same age peers, two and a half times more likely to think about possibly committing suicide, and four times more likely to make a suicide attempt (source: National Center for Prevention of Youth Suicide).

3. Barriers hindering mental health services to foster youth

a. Failure to provide adequate information to foster parents and/or social workers from birth family.

b. Lack of provider training on issues specific to foster care and trauma informed practice ie. Trauma lens I will give examples.

c. Lack of providers’ inability to recognize problems and make appropriate referrals or ask for support to risk inadequacy.

d. Lack of reliance of caseworkers’ on foster parents’ judgment in identifying mental health problems of children in their care.

4. Identify the range of Mental, emotional, and behavior challenges:

a. STRESS anxiety disorders, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder

b. GRIEF major depression, bipolar disorder, suicidal ideation

c. ATTACHMENT attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, conduct disorders, eating disorders, autism and schizophrenia.

5. What should be done to reduce mental health issues in foster care, we need to create the following:

a. STABILITY of ATTACHMENT: Mental and behavioral health requires the presence of at least 1 nurturing, responsive caregiver who is stable in the child’s or teen’s life over time.

b. STABILITY IN ROUTINE: Children and teens thrive when their families have routines, structure, and reasonable expectations; and parents display warmth and nurturance.

c. STABILITY OF FAMILY CONNECTIONS: Foster care should provide a stable, nurturing foster or kinship home and all the services appropriate to the needs of children and teens.

d. STABILITY OF FOCUSING ON THE FAMILY’s STRENGTHS: Foster care should partner with birth parents and older children and teens in foster care to identify family strengths that can become the foundation of healing for the entire family.

6. Point out the Strengths of foster youth and share that I was raised in foster care and received mental health services starting at the age of 13 and one of the reasons I became a therapist.

ABOUT JEANETTE YOFFE, M.A., M.F.T.

Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T., is the Executive Director and Founder of Celia Center, a support center that meets the critical needs of all those connected by Foster Care and Adoption and supports all those who serve the community in Los Angeles and beyond via support groups, mental health conferences, wolf healings, and art festivals. She is the clinical director of Yoffe Therapy, which provides psychotherapy to children, teens and their families treating attachment, trauma, grief and loss challenges.

She has been in the field for over 20 years and has worked as a psychotherapist, foster care social worker, clinical director, trainer for Los Angeles Child and Family Services, Department of Mental Health for parents, social workers and therapists on adoption & foster care challenges, parenting, impact of pre-adoption trauma, grief/loss, open adoption. She provides support to adult adoptees searching for long lost family members, as well as assist in reunion and family reunification. She was awarded the Foster Care Hero Award for her dedication to children and families in foster care in Los Angeles.

Yoffe’s desire to become a therapist with a special focus on adopted and foster care issues derived from her own experience of being adopted and moving through the foster care system in New York.
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Dr. John Huber (www.mainstreammentalhealth.org) is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on over three hundred top tier radio shows (NBC Radio, CBS, Fox News Radio) and thirty national television programs (ABC, NBC, Spectrum News). In addition Dr. Huber is the host of “Mainstream Mental Health Radio” which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today’s top mental health professionals.

Featured Guest Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D., MBA

Let’s first look at what’s happening:
For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace. People are living longer and working longer, so we have workers as young as 18 and as old as 80s. There is a big difference between how an 18-year-old views the world and how an 80-year-old views the world, because of the eras in which they were raised—what was going on when they were growing up, the generally accepted societal practices of the times.

Additionally, we have two generations — Millennials and Gen Z — that are forcing a level of change that we have not seen in our society since the Hippy Counterculture movement of the 1960s and 70s.

All of this change is causing defensiveness, anger, frustration, as well as stress and fear.

Why is change causing all of these negative emotions?
The simple answer is that human beings are hard-wired to resist change. The part of our brain that is responsible for this is the amygdala, known as “the reptilian brain.”

The amygdala is an almond-shaped mass of cells that lives deep in our brain and is responsible for our automatic stress responses known as fight, flight or freeze. The amygdala is programmed throughout our lives and it stores all of the memories and emotional reactions we have. Negative memories leave a bigger impression.

It is this brain process that causes us to become rooted in our beliefs and to stay with what we like and to resist that which we don’t like. Things that are familiar make us feel calm and comfortable. Things that are unfamiliar bring up stress.

As a result, that which is different from us and different from what we’re used to can cause mental-emotional issues, such as stress, anger, and fear. This can manifest as depression and anxiety, among other mental health issues.

Is it possible to embrace change? Yes!
Some people are naturally inclined to do it. Depending on their experience in life, they have become accustomed to or may even enjoy change. Others are more rooted in their beliefs and ways.

As human beings, we have the capacity for understanding. Through understanding, we learn. Through learning, we change.

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Dr. John Huber (www.mainstreammentalhealth.org) is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on over three hundred top tier radio shows (NBC Radio, CBS, Fox News Radio) and thirty national television programs (ABC, NBC, Spectrum News). In addition Dr. Huber is the host of “Mainstream Mental Health Radio” which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today’s top mental health professionals.

Rich Dad Poor Dad Author Robert Kiyosaki

Best known as the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad―the #1 personal finance book of all time―Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. He is an entrepreneur, educator, and investor who believes that each of us has the power to makes changes in our lives, take control of our financial future, and live the rich life we deserve. With perspectives on money and investing that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned an international reputation for straight talk, irreverence, and courage and has become a passionate and outspoken advocate for financial education.

Mainstream Mental Health Radio: Tom Schnorr from Austin Compounding Pharmacy

About Dr. Huber
Dr. John Huber (www.mainstreammentalhealth.org) is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on over three hundred top tier radio shows (NBC Radio, CBS, Fox News Radio) and thirty national television programs (ABC, NBC, Spectrum News). Dr. Huber is Law Newz’s go to Clinical psychologist and appears regularly on America Trends National Television show. In addition Dr. Huber is the host of “Mainstream Mental Health Radio” which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today’s top mental health professionals.

Mainstream Mental Health: Playing Sports, Especially In College, Linked To Better Grades

Playing Sports, Especially In College, Linked To Better Grades

Signing your kids up for soccer in the fall and lacrosse in the spring may do more for them than build social skills or turn them into athletes. A study by researchers at Michigan State University shows that playing sports can also lead to improved academic performance, particularly for college students.

The study found that playing recreational sports in college improved the grade point averages (GPA) of students and increased the likelihood for them to return for another term.

The researchers analyzed almost 1,800 freshmen at MSU. The students who played intramural sports averaged a 3.25 GPA at the end of their first year, compared to a 3.07 GPA for freshmen who didn’t play recreational sports.

The findings also showed that playing intramural sports was linked to lower odds of students dropping or failing classes their first year. In fact, those who played recreational sports were 40% more likely to return for their sophomore year, and 2.5 times more likely to come back to the university overall.

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About Dr. Huber
Dr. John Huber (www.mainstreammentalhealth.org) is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on over three hundred top tier radio shows (NBC Radio, CBS, Fox News Radio) and thirty national television programs (ABC, NBC, Spectrum News). Dr. Huber is Law Newz’s go to Clinical psychologist and appears regularly on America Trends National Television show. In addition Dr. Huber is the host of “Mainstream Mental Health Radio” which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today’s top mental health professionals.

Mainstream Mental Health Radio: 1 In 3 Has Done Something They Regret At Company Holiday Party

1 In 3 Has Done Something They Regret At Company Holiday Party

A new survey finds that one in three office workers admit he or she has done something they regret at a company holiday celebration. The findings of the survey, commissioned by Evite, the average employee heads home from the party with seven pieces of gossip about other employees that they didn’t know before. What’s more, 40 percent of respondents say they’ve watched drama unfold by coworkers at the party.

Can Black Friday & The Holiday Season Be Harmful To Your Mental Health?
https://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com/mental-health/holiday-stress/

Holi-dazed: 1 in 3 Adults Already Suffering From ‘Holiday Burnout’
https://www.studyfinds.org/holi-dazed-1-in-3-adults-already-suffering-from-holiday-burnout/

Holiday Celebrations Lead Americans To Consume Twice As Much Booze
https://www.studyfinds.org/survey-adults-consume-twice-as-much-booze-during-holiday-season/

Ten Tips To Prevent Holiday Stress & Depression
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544

About Dr. Huber
Dr. John Huber (www.mainstreammentalhealth.org) is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on over three hundred top tier radio shows (NBC Radio, CBS, Fox News Radio) and thirty national television programs (ABC, NBC, Spectrum News). Dr. Huber is Law Newz’s go to Clinical psychologist and appears regularly on America Trends National Television show. In addition Dr. Huber is the host of “Mainstream Mental Health Radio” which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today’s top mental health professionals.

Why Shorter Days & Less Sunlight Can Lead To Depression

Why Shorter Days & Less Sunlight Can Lead To Depression

•With the end of Daylight Saving Time comes an extra hour of sleep and, sometimes, a bout with depression. The Mayo Clinic defines seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (which affects around 1.6 billion people across the globe) as depression that’s linked to the change of seasons, usually fall and winter.

•According to research, the exact causes are unknown, but it’s believed the lack of sunlight can not only lead to a drop in mood-affecting brain chemicals, but also negatively impact the body’s biological clock. Someone with seasonal depression might feel a lack of energy, lost interest in activities and a feeling of depression most of the day.

STORY LINK: https://wtkr.com/2019/11/07/shorter-days-less-sunlight-can-lead-to-depression-heres-how-to-fight-it/

Dr. John Huber (www.mainstreammentalhealth.org) is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on over three hundred top tier radio shows (NBC Radio, CBS, Fox News Radio) and thirty national television programs (ABC, NBC, Spectrum News). In addition Dr. Huber is the host of “Mainstream Mental Health Radio” which is heard nationwide

Kristin Sunanta Walker is CEO or everythingEHR and the MHNR Network.
Kristin has been working within the health care field for more than two decades. She started out in medical billing for an Urgent Care center in Southern California. Kristin is also the host of Mental Health News Radio. She has interviewed leaders in the behavioral health community such as CEO’s of technology companies, counselors, best-selling authors, and global experts in the field of Behavioral Health. Her show is downloaded in over 171 countries and continues its reach with inspiring guests from every corner of the world.

A Nation Divided: U.S. Politics Taking Physical, Emotional Toll On Americans

A Nation Divided: U.S. Politics Taking Physical, Emotional Toll On Americans

The past few years in American politics have been tumultuous, to say the least. Personal political beliefs aside, there is no denying that the U.S. has grown especially divided in the wake of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory. Between social media bots, partisan news coverage, and the president’s frequent Twitter posts, it has never been harder for the average American to avoid being bombarded with some type of political message on an almost hourly basis.

It isn’t a stretch to assume that at some point all of that polarization would have a negative effect on the collective well being of the nation, and a new study conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has effectively confirmed this assumption. According to researchers, the current U.S. political climate is literally making Americans physically sick, damaging friendships, and driving many people “crazy.”

In March of 2017 researchers surveyed 800 Americans, selected from a pool of 1.8 million in order to create representative samples of the U.S. population. Almost 40% admitted that politics is stressing them out, and one in five even said they are losing sleep over U.S. politics.

Dr. John Huber (www.mainstreammentalhealth.org) is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on over three hundred top tier radio shows (NBC Radio, CBS, Fox News Radio) and thirty national television programs (ABC, NBC, Spectrum News). In addition Dr. Huber is the host of “Mainstream Mental Health Radio” which is heard nationwide

Kristin Sunanta Walker is CEO or everythingEHR and the MHNR Network.
Kristin has been working within the health care field for more than two decades. She started out in medical billing for an Urgent Care center in Southern California. Kristin is also the host of Mental Health News Radio. She has interviewed leaders in the behavioral health community such as CEO’s of technology companies, counselors, best-selling authors, and global experts in the field of Behavioral Health. Her show is downloaded in over 171 countries and continues its reach with inspiring guests from every corner of the world.

Almost 70% Of Americans Believe Civil War Is Imminent

Almost 70% Of Americans Believe Civil War Is Imminent

The political discourse — or lack of it — has apparently become so caustic in the United States that 67% of those surveyed in a poll released Wednesday believe another civil war is imminent.

The poll was conducted by Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service as part of their annual Battleground Poll civility survey, and according to the institute’s executive director, the results could indicate that the 2020 election could be as divisive and explosive as the 1860 election that precipitated the Civil War of 1861-65.

Sample Questions

Why do you think that a surprising number of Americans believe that a second Civil War will occur?

If you were to do a mental health analysis on America today compared to twenty or thirty years ago, what would you results likely be?

Do you think that despite substantial political differences that most people in the US get along peacefully?

Dr. John Huber (www.mainstreammentalhealth.org) is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on over three hundred top tier radio shows (NBC Radio, CBS, Fox News Radio) and thirty national television programs (ABC, NBC, Spectrum News). In addition Dr. Huber is the host of “Mainstream Mental Health Radio” which is heard nationwide

Kristin Sunanta Walker is CEO or everythingEHR and the MHNR Network.
Kristin has been working within the health care field for more than two decades. She started out in medical billing for an Urgent Care center in Southern California. Kristin is also the host of Mental Health News Radio. She has interviewed leaders in the behavioral health community such as CEO’s of technology companies, counselors, best-selling authors, and global experts in the field of Behavioral Health. Her show is downloaded in over 171 countries and continues its reach with inspiring guests from every corner of the world.

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