What Is The Best Brain Food For You?

The old saying ‘you are what you eat’ is definitely true when it comes to our brains. Our brains are dramatically impacted by our diet. If we eat foods that are rich in fat and cholesterol, our brains tend to suffer from the consequences of hypertension, and the stress on the body inflicted by a high-fat diet. Conversely, if you want to keep your brain in optimal shape, you need to eat a diet that supplies the right combination of nutrients and vitamins, which will keep your brain’s processes humming along quite nicely. Here are profiles of some of the best foods available for boosting mental processes and overall brain health.


It’s a very interesting and fitting coincidence that shelled walnuts look like miniature brains. Their appearance is interesting because walnuts contain high levels of omega 3 which help boost brain function. It is quite interesting to see a nut that looks very similar to a brain be so beneficial for human brains. Omega-3 fatty acids acids help boost overall brain functions while other compounds in walnut help relieve oxidative stress on the brain which helps fend off Alzheimer’s. Additionally, Walnuts contain high levels of Vitamin E, which helps arrest cognitive decline which usually comes with age.

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The Misdiagnosis of Mental Disorders

Over a third of medical problems that present to physicians in their offices and/or the hospitals are due to mental disorders. Doctors usually treat the patients’ symptoms in hopes to make them feel better, without completely knowing the source of their problems. After running numerous tests and reviewing inconclusive results, physicians release their patients by telling them either nothing is wrong with them or following-up with them in hopes their symptoms will dissipate.

The causes of mental illnesses can come from numerous things. One being family history, two being past or present problems they may be facing, and three being sleep deprivation. The most uncontrollable cause of mental disorders is family history. It can take its toll on family members by seeing their loved ones suffering with a disorder, and then they live with the fear of knowing they may have inherited some form of it. Depression and stress can cause medical issues, such as fluctuations in blood pressure, headaches, and abdominal pains that can cause multiple visits to the doctor’s office, and even the emergency room, just to be told nothing is found to be wrong. Sleep deprivation can cause multiple health issues with our bodies, as well. If we do not get sufficient rest, our bodily systems will not work properly, and we will not be able to function correctly. Without sleep, we can become sluggish, tired, and achy. Our immune systems will not function properly, therefore, we will have a harder time fighting off infections and develop preventable illnesses, like the common cold or even pneumonia.

In most instances, the person is unaware of their psychiatric problem. It is usually noticed by a family member or someone who is close to them. These relatives normally tell the physician of the subtle changes in the patient’s personality and behavior that they have seen and of any other influential changes that may have occurred in the patient’s life, such as death of a loved one. This will make it easier for the doctors, and they can do a Mini-Mental Examination in their office to test for any mental disorders. If they believe the patient has a mental issue, they can treat it with drugs and/or refer to a Psychiatrist for therapy and further treatment.

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What It Means To Be In Compliance

Compliance of records is a state standard of record keeping. As a Compliance Officer of records, I need to make sure that staff is following state mandated regulations for clients’ files, whether they are paper records or an electronic medical record (EMR). The state guidelines are for Outpatient Mental Health Clinics (OMHC). Of course there are state guidelines for medical offices and anywhere state funding is involved.The state is quite specific in their guidelines and they typically audit agencies on a random basis. There are specific things they are looking for in records. If this is not done, licensing privileges of the organization are at stake.

If you take on Medicaid clientele, there are also random audits to make sure state funding is appropriated judicially. If not, there are fines for paying back funds delivered if the OMHC withholds the quality of care expected. Many agencies across the United States have had hefty fines for not keeping up with the standard quality of record keeping and care. So it is important, if you work for an OMHC, you adhere to the guidelines set forth by the agency and Compliance Officer. Some Compliance Officers also oversee adherence to financial record keeping ensuring that monies collected are in adherence with standards and that there is no double billing, billing for services not rendered, etc.

In our agency this position is divided. I only deal with the EMR that our agency uses. Prior to the EMR there were no standards in place. It was just assumed everyone knew what was required. Having EMR has made the job easier, but there is the occasional pitfall-catching records prior to the EMR that have not been updated. Overall, the EMR has made the world of compliance easier.

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Smashing the Mental Health Stigma

Breaking past the stigma that mental illness has,
It’s time to break through that unjust normalcy of life,
For, every person is dogged with a sense of struggle,
Everyone at some stage has their share of strife.

Mental illness, when contrasted with physical illness, is seen for what it is: a normal phenomenon, with hope for prospective healing and pain management. Some physical afflictions last all our lives, so do some mental afflictions. They are managed. The more we can accept that mental health and illness are similar if not the same as physical health and illness, the more we break down these silly stigmas.

As a former safety and health professional, I know it is acknowledged in the secular world: mental health, mental wellbeing, and mental illness are all dynamic themes in all our lives.

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Fear and Causes of Depression

Causes of Depression

Have you ever wondered what causes depression? Perhaps you’ve received a diagnosis of depression and it made you wonder why some people get depressed while others do not.

Depression is a very complex disease and occurs for many different reasons. Some people get depressed as a result of a serious physical illness. Others may get depressed due to major life changes such as moving and leaving friends or death of a loved one, and some people have a family history of depression and may be obtained without any particular reason.

Cause of depression

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