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Art & Mind

A free art exhibit and sale will observe the positive effects of art on the mind during World Mental Health Day, 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, October. 10, at Muzart on Main Street Gallery, Reunion Center Building, 4th & Main, downtown Tulsa. Studies show art is good medicine whether we observe or create it. Numerous studies also […]

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‘This is my lifeline’

An abusive marriage, divorce, pressure at work, depression, anxiety and chronic pain caused Virginia to “meltdown.” She changed careers and thought that would help. It didn’t. The stress, depression and anxiety     intensified.  Virginia began self-medicating with drugs and alcohol to try and overcome the pain. “I couldn’t keep up. I crashed and burned,” she said. […]

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Laughter is best medicine

When in doubt, laugh it out. Have you ever heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine?” According to the article “Laugh out Loud” in 101 Ways to Well-Being, laughter has several health benefits, including burning calories, reducing pain and stress, and improving blood flow. If you have ever been to a comedy show or […]

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Mental health affects heart health

In honor of American Heart Month,  it’s important to share the fact that depression and mental illness can break your heart – literally. Scientists in several studies found depression caused increased inflammation, abnormal stress hormones, metabolic changes, and changes in heart rate and blood circulation. All these changes impact physical health, according to the National […]

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Pharmacy helps clients in need

Pharmacist Boyd Stephens smiles as a client says, “Bless You.” “My staff and I get blessed at least once or twice a day,” Boyd said. Why so many blessings? Boyd and his staff provide 65 percent of the pharmacy’s clients with free prescription medication. In fiscal year 2015, the pharmacy requested and received more than […]

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Celebrate July 4th: What do you value?

July 4 is an excellent time to celebrate our nation’s independence and the Declaration of Independence’s vision of our rights as citizens. It’s also a great time to declare our personal values and celebrate our individual rights. The Declaration of Independence says: “That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator […]

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Home Alone for spring break

Many parents leave older children home alone for the first time during spring break. While every child is different, the general rule is children under age 11 do not have the decision making skills to stay home alone. Before leaving a child home alone, here are some questions to ask: Can your child get ready […]

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Attitude of Gratitude

In a society where success is the brass ring, gratitude, happiness and self-compassion often take a back seat. The good news is cultivating an attitude of gratitude has the opposite effect. Gratitude is the act of expressing thanks for what we have and for what others have done for us. Robert Emmons, Ph.D., a University […]

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Electronic Health Record (EHR) improves care

Many of us have an Electronic Health Record (EHR) at our doctor, dentist, hospital or other health providers. Few of us understand how our personal EHR positively impacts our quality of care. Counseling & Recovery Services spent more than a year implementing our new EHR system, ClaimTrak, to better serve clients. This system speeds up […]

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Eating Disorder Advocate

Sara Bird Mahan, Counseling & Recovery case manager, is a master’s candidate and advocate for eating disorder awareness, prevention and intervention. A student leader of the National Eating Disorders Association Week activities at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, Sara finishes her masters in May. She recently presented on eating disorders at the annual Zarrow Symposium on Sept. […]

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