Mental health

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In light of social distancing, quarantining and widespread protests over racial injustice, mental health issues may be pushed to the forefront. 

Nightmares. Tantrums. Regressions. Grief. Violent outbursts. Exaggerated fear of strangers. Even suicidal thoughts. In response to a call on social media, parents across the country shared with NPR that the mental health of their young children appears to be suffering as the weeks of lockdown drag on.

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Under quarantine, days and weeks can quickly melt together into one giant, endless weekend. Feeling unmotivated, unorganized, or untethered is not uncommon - in fact, it's our body's natural response to stress. Murray State professor of psychology, Dr. Michael Bordieri, talks to Tracy Ross about how to alleviate some of that stress through building and maintaining a daily routine.

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Tracy Ross and four regional health experts take a closer look at what it means to maintain physical, mental, and emotional health amidst the coronavirus pandemic in a new Sounds Good special.

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When Janice Morgan learns that her son has been arrested for possession of a stolen firearm and drug charges, she feels like she's living a nightmare. Her son's turbulent journey through anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder showed Morgan the importance of seeking a better understanding of mental health and the recovery process. Morgan visits Sounds Good to discuss her son, their relationship and lives, and her memoir, Suspended Sentence, that recounts it all.

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Memories of our own transitions to new schools, new teachers, and new environments can stick with us into adulthood, but it can still be difficult to help children and teenagers navigate life changes in a healthy way. Murray State professor of psychology, Michael Bordieri, visits Sounds Good to discuss ways to lighten the tension and nerves associated with returning to school.

According to the CDC, 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. New research suggests that the location of these walks could be equally important to an individual's health as the exercise itself. Murray State University professor, Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss the best locales for walking. 

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Public health officials say more Tennesseans are now eligible for free mental health services under the state's behavior health safety net program.

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Kentucky schools could soon get assistance from the federal government to help pay for school counselors and other health providers. /

Only 60 to 70 years ago, patients deemed mentally unstable were sent to isolated rooms in mental asylums as treatment. A hundred years ago and beyond, mental instability was explained through demonic possession or other supernatural causes. Since then, we've made massive strides in mental health care. Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., professor of psychology, visits Sounds Good to discuss the history of the treatment of mental disorders.