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Mental Heath Perspectives

Featuring Dr. John Huber and Kristin Walker

Can Black Friday & The Holiday Season Be Harmful To Your Mental Health?

If you listen to the media, the holidays are a set-up for stress, depression and even suicide. But is it true? Could the “most wonderful time of the year” be damaging to your mental health?

A recent study found that the chaos of major sales events may cause anxiety, loss of reality and other mental health issues among shoppers. Retailers bank on these heightened emotions to make the sale. Unsurprisingly, many shoppers feel “spending guilt” after loading up on holiday gifts they can’t afford, which in turn can lead to financial and relationship problems.


Sample Questions

What is the psychology behind the crowds who get out of control during Black Friday?

What are some of the ways that the holiday season can be harmful and helpful to your mental health?



A Interview with Actor Bill Duke

Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and behind the Camera 

While many film fans may not be familiar with Bill Duke’s name, they most certainly recognize his face. Dating back to the 1970s, Duke has appeared in a number of popular films, including Car Wash, American Gigolo, Commando, Predator, and X-Men: The Last Stand. Fewer still might be aware of Duke’s extraordinary accomplishments off-screen—as a talented director, producer, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. 

Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and behind the Camera is the memoir of a Hollywood original. In an industry that rarely embraces artists of color, Duke first achieved success as an actor then turned to directing. After helming episodes of ratings giants Dallas, Falcon Crest, Hill Street Blues, and Miami Vice, Duke progressed to feature films like A Rage in Harlem, Deep Cover, Hoodlum, and Sister Act 2. In this candid autobiography, Duke recalls the loving but stern presence of his mother and father, acting mentors like Olympia Dukakis, and the pitfalls that nearly derailed his career, notably an addiction to drugs. Along the way, readers will encounter familiar names like Danny Glover, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Whoopi Goldberg.

From his Broadway debut in 1971 to the establishment of the Duke Media Foundation, which trains and mentors young filmmakers, Duke has been breaking the rules of what it means to triumph in the entertainment industry. 

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Why do lottery winners often go broke and ruin their lives?

Alexander Korelin has been involved in the financial community since 1967 when he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington with a dual major in Economics and Russian literature. He went on to receive his Masters in Business Administration degree, with an emphasis Finance and International Trade, from the University of Puget Sound in 1978.

He founded A.B. Korelin and Associates in 1982. The focus of the Company has always been on the mining industry. Al and his associates specialize in completing the regulatory work that needed to be done in order for Canadian mining companies to be traded in the United States on major exchanges.

In addition to his regulatory work, Al was an active member of the Board of Directors of American Pacific Bank for twenty two years. As a Director of the Bank, he oversaw its evolution from a small private, rural community institution located in Aumsville, Oregon to one with its headquarters in downtown Portland and trading on Nasdaq. During his twenty two year tenure, he served on many of the Bank’s Management Committees; participated in meetings with the Federal Reserve; and, retired when the Bank was purchased by a major banking institution.

Al also spends a considerable amount of time at investment conferences throughout North America. He is scheduled to speak and moderate panels due to his thorough knowledge of the investment community.

What Is Your Mental Fitness Health Score? With Reena Jadhav

Check out the short quiz below to help you gauge your mental fitness. Then scroll down to see your results and the explanation for the quiz. 


1. Do you laugh at least 3 times each day with genuine (not fake!) glee and find joy in small things?

2. Do you have the willpower to say NO to that extra brownie, drink, smoke, or double cheeseburger 90 percent of the time?

3. Do you get at least seven hours of deep restorative sleep every night?

4. Do you view social media, TV, Netflix etc for less than 2 hours every day?

5. Are you consciously grateful for the little things like running warm water and almond milk at Starbucks?

6. Do you spend time with people you love at least once a week?

7. Do you get out in nature and say hello to the sun for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week?

8. Are you loved? Do you love yourself?

9. Do you rest and breathe deeply several times a day for a few minutes?

10. Do your meals include 50% healthy fats, fresh fruits, and vegetables?

Reena Jadhav. She is a Harvard MBA and graduated summa cum laude with a BSc. from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. She is also an advisor to numerous startups in Silicon Valley and has a passion for disruptive ideas that transform the human experience and create meaningful lasting change.

Mental Health Perspectives: The Decline of Critical Thinking Skills

Unfortunately, the reported decline in thinking ability is occurring at a time when there are increasing shortages of quali­fied candidates for jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Indeed, a young adult whose brain has been “wired” to be innovative, think critically, and problem solve is at a tremendous competitive advantage in today’s increasingly complex and competitive world. Because of this, parents should consciously seek to foster independence, problem solving, critical thinking, and reasoning in their young children. This can be done by implementing an intuitive developmental “dance” between parents and their developing children; which provides everything needed to foster and nurture proper brain development and automatically yields hundreds of thousands of learning opportunities during critical learning periods.

It is vital to bear in mind that the acquisition of problem-solving skills is the direct result of children’s immature, incomplete, and often incorrect attempts to engage with the world that trigger authentic feedback and consequences. Rather than being psychologically damaging events, a child’s unsuccessful attempts are actually opportunities for them to learn persistence and resilience—as well as how to think when things don’t work out quite as they hoped. Indeed, “failure” and overcoming failure are essential events that trigger that neurological development that underpins thinking ability: Opportunities for a child to try—and to fail and then try again—are a crucial part of learning and brain development and should be sought out rather than avoided.

An Introspective Interview with Paul William Hobby

Paul William Hobby, J.D., serves as a Founding Partner in 1999, Managing Partner and Chairman of Genesis Park LP. He serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Monthly Inc. He has executed a number of successful communications and technology investments focused around energy, telecommunications and media. Mr. Hobby has built a quality portfolio of new and traditional media investments and has provided strategic consulting services to several traditional media companies that wish to transition towards new media. He has built a portfolio of active investments through Genesis Park LP and Genesis Park Development. Mr. Hobby serves in executive positions in several private media and entertainment concerns. He is a Founder of the Houston Technology Center Angel Network. Mr. Hobby served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hobby Media services and also served as the Chairman from 1995 to 2002. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at Alpheus Communications L.P. from 2004 to 2011. Mr. Hobby served as a Consultant at CinemaStar Luxury Theaters until 2000 and also served as its Co-Chief Executive Officer. He served as a Principal at H & C Communications until the group of television and radio stations was sold in 1994 and served as a Vice President until December 31, 1996 and also served as a Consultant and Interim Director from 1999 to 2000.  

Texas Monthly is a monthly American magazine headquartered in Downtown Austin, Texas. Texas Monthly was founded in 1973 by Michael R. Levy and has been published by Emmis Publishing, L.P. since 1998 and now owned by Genesis Park, LP. Texas Monthly chronicles life in contemporary Texas, writing on politics, the environment, industry, and education. The magazine also covers leisure topics such as music, art, dining, and travel. It is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association


The psychological benefits of Acupuncture

Leah Chischilly: Licensed Acupuncturist and Manager of Clinical Operations at Modern Acupuncture

Dr. Charles Anderson: A John Hopkins and Harvard trained physician with degrees from Princeton University, John Hopkins and Boston University.  

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is October 24. It’s recognized as part of an effort to bring awareness to progress of acupuncture and oriental medicine as alternatives to traditional medical practices. The medical profession is really picking up on the use of acupuncture as an alternative to opioids for pain management and the treatment of other health conditions. Acupuncture has gained popularity for its ability to provide relief without having to take medications, and works effectively as a treatment for pain management. The practice of acupuncture can have a positive impact on the opioid epidemic in the United States because as a treatment for pain or other health conditions it helps reduce the use of painkillers and opioids that some users find highly addictive. 

What is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day?

? It is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to treat pain and addiction.

? Oct. 24 marks the 16th annual AOM day. We are celebrating this year in partnership with the NCCAOM – the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Why has there been a sudden increase of acupuncture use in the United States?

? Acupuncture has gained popularity because it provides relief without having to take medications.

? Acupuncture does not cause addiction tendencies like traditional opioids prescribed for the management of pain or other health conditions.


The mental health challenges of being an ER doctor

Dr. Larry Burchett / ER Doctor

“I could never be a doctor, I can’t stand the sight of blood.”  Yes you can.  Almost everyone can tolerate visual images of trauma through repetition.  This is called desensitization.  In med school, we had 2 people pass out on the first day of gross anatomy (with cadaver or dead bodies).  Then they got over it.  But there is one of the 5 senses that never desensitizes, and there is a anatomic reason for this…So in the ER with trauma, we get used to it.  Blood gets our heart racing, unleashes the adrenaline and spurs us to action–stopping the bleeding and saving the life.  Not event a moment of shock anymore.

Doctors can be chronically hurt from PTSD–watching people suffer and die.  If PTSD originates from a moment where one’s life is either threatened, or one witnesses another experiencing the same and associates into it, then doctors (nurses etc) may experience micro traumas that accumulate in a PTSD like syndrome.  Especially if professional lines are blurred (you fail to keep your distance).  The best doctors both engage emotionally and keep it professional so as not to burn out–a difficult balance to manage.


Dr. John Huber ( 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


Can Love Really Change the Brain? Dion Metzger, MD

Dr. John Huber & Mainstream Mental Health Radio present –

As a physician, couples therapist and relationship expert, Dion Metzger, MD.

1. How does the brain change when someone is in a relationship? Intense attraction and feelings of connection between two people can actually cause biological changes in the brain. When a person is in a relationship, their brain release specific chemicals including dopamine and oxytocin. This can lead to a sense of euphoria and a strong sense of attachment to their partner. They can act differently by wanting to spend more time with their significant other, participating in romantic gestures and being more expressive about their emotions.

2. Can being in love, or being in a relationship, change you — or even affect your brain chemistry? Being in love can change you by making you more vulnerable and conscious of your emotions. I have also seen it heighten sensitivity in people who may have been emotionally withdrawn before. There are not exactly permanent brain chemistry changes but it can definitely lead to more careful behaviors for those who have been in love before. They want the euphoria feeling again but are guarded about letting their guard down, especially if the last relationship ended with heartbreak. Its a form of classic conditioning. You’re more hesitant to talk the stove if you got burned before.

Mental Health Perspectives

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What You Halloween Costume Reveals About You

Halloween costumes are a great way to peer into your friend or loved one’s mind, personality or mood for the day! They are also good reflections of one’s inner, hidden desires that they may be afraid to express. And it allows teens to explore alter egos or their identity and for adults to be kids again.

For example, individuals who choose political figures may reflect party affiliations, who they consider to be polarizing news figures or preferred candidates.

Guys who opt for a pirate costume may reflect their inner rebellious spirit, fearlessness, or secret desire for criminality and decadent behavior.

A sex kitten may reflect a woman who wants to exhibit sex appeal but is not allowed to express that side for fear of judgment while a nurse may want to exhibit warmth and care during the day and sexuality at night.

And finally men who fantasize about being a super hero such as Batman, Spiderman or Superman, may be tapping into their inner savior who wished they could rescue the world while being adored and remaining private.


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