Mind On Mental Health

The Mind On Mental Health Podcast explores a variety of mental health and substance use related topics in under thirty minutes. Topics such as how to utilize positive coping skills, manage triggers and how to change your thought process are discussed. Each podcast features interviews with therapists and psychiatrists from Penn Medicine - Princeton House Behavioral Health in Central New Jersey.

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The Many Layers of Eating Disorders

2 days ago

Oftentimes, having an eating disorder may be the most visible of several problems people face. Many people don’t know that eating disorders are often accompanied by anxiety, depression, or trauma. Sometimes the eating disorder is a way of coping with the relentlessness of other afflictions. Therapists and doctors take a team approach—working together to help a patient and working on multiple issues at the same time.   Anxiety and Depression Symptoms   1:10   Eating Disorders and trauma   5:32   How to start treating eating disorders and mental health issues   7:58   The importance of support from family and friends   12:10   Why underlying mental health issues need to be treated along with the eating disorder   14:11   For more information on Penn Medicine – Princeton Center for Eating Disorders: Princeton Center for Eating Disorders   Follow us on Facebook! facebook.com/princetonhousebh

Three Common Eating Disorder Misconceptions

Wednesday Oct 20, 2021

“Just eat!” Having an eating disorder involves so much more than wanting to be thin. Andy is joined by Dr. Kristyn Pecsi, attending psychiatrist at Princeton Center for Eating Disorders, who demystifies eating disorders and discusses common misconceptions surrounding the illness.   5:45 Why it’s dangerous to rapidly lose weight 12:00 What do people with eating disorders look like? 13:52 The complexities of eating disorders and other mental illnesses 23:00 Is not eating a suicide attempt?   For more information on Penn Medicine – Princeton House Behavioral Health: Princeton House Behavioral Health (princetonhcs.org) Follow us on Facebook! facebook.com/princetonhousebh

How to Build Your Own Self Esteem - Part 2

Wednesday Oct 13, 2021

How can you build your own self-esteem? There are incremental steps you can take, including finding ways to “fail safely”. Andy’s guest, Peter Maclearie, LCSW, is Clinical Manager for Adult Programming at Penn Medicine – Princeton House Behavioral Health in Eatontown, New Jersey.    4:10 Why therapy is so helpful in addressing self-esteem issues   6:28 How your thought process and cognitive distortions affect your self-esteem   12:00 What are core beliefs and how do they impact self-esteem?   16:55 The importance of finding ways to “fail safely”   For more information on Penn Medicine – Princeton House Behavioral Health: Princeton House Behavioral Health (princetonhcs.org) Follow us on Facebook! facebook.com/princetonhousebh

Three Tips to Help Your Child’s Mental Health as They Return to In-Person School

Wednesday Oct 06, 2021

Parents, teachers, and mental health professionals suspected kids might have a hard time with the transition back to in-person school. In this episode, we’ll learn about three different ways parents can improve their child’s mental health in this season of change. Andy continues his conversation with Dr. Madhurani Khare who is the Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Heath as well as the Medical Director of Princeton House Behavioral Health’s Hamilton outpatient site.    1:45       Establishing a routine and the importance of a sleep schedule 9:25       Addressing mental health and academic issues as soon as possible 17:32     The importance of validating your child’s feelings and experience and how to do it     For more information on Penn Medicine – Princeton House Behavioral Health: Princeton House Behavioral Health (princetonhcs.org) Follow us on Facebook! facebook.com/princetonhousebh

Mental Health Challenges Facing Kids as They Return to In-Person Learning

Wednesday Sep 29, 2021

Going back to in-person school is a huge step for kids who have been learning at home for more than a year. How can you tell if your child is having trouble with the transition? What are some of the obstacles kids are confronting now, and how is are they affecting kids’ mental health? In this episode, Andy interviews Dr. Madhurani Khare who is the Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Heath as well as the Medical Director of Princeton House Behavioral Health’s Hamilton outpatient site.    1:34       How to tell if your child is having difficulty adjusting to in-person learning   4:08       Why the change to in-person learning is impacting adolescents’ mental health   7:00       Why in-person peer interactions could be Impacting adolescents’ mental health   8:55       Changes in school work expectations and their relation to anxiety   For more information on Penn Medicine – Princeton House Behavioral Health: Princeton House Behavioral Health (princetonhcs.org) Follow us on Facebook! facebook.com/princetonhousebh

Why Therapy is a Great Place to Work on Self-Esteem - Part 1

Wednesday Sep 22, 2021

Have you ever thought about your self-esteem? In this episode guest Pete Maclearie, LCSW, discusses self-esteem and how it relates to mental health. Peter Maclearie, LCSW is Clinical Manager for Adult Programming at Penn Medicine – Princeton House Behavioral Health in Eatontown, New Jersey.    6:12       What is “optimal” self-esteem 13:27     The definition of self-esteem 14:56     Why Therapy is a great place to address your self-esteem 20:10     Why individuals oftentimes are unaware that they have low self-esteem   For more information on Penn Medicine – Princeton House Behavioral Health: Princeton House Behavioral Health (princetonhcs.org)   Follow us on Facebook!  facebook.com/princetonhousebh    Join us on LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/company/69024328/admin/]

Mental Health Strategies for Healthcare Professionals During the Pandemic

Monday Mar 22, 2021

In this episode Andy interviews Nicole Orro, LPC, LCADC (Site Director of Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health – Hamilton) and Christine Isaac, LCSW, LCADC (Community Liaison with Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health)  Since the start of the pandemic, Nicole and Christine have been volunteering to meet with frontline healthcare workers at multiple hospitals within the Penn system for ongoing counseling sessions.  They discuss different mental health tools they have been encouraging Penn's healthcare professionals to use to cope with the stressors of the pandemic.   The importance of creating predictability and self-compassion (1:25)   The power of fellowship with co-workers and peer support (5:18)   How to manage the anxiety that might come up when preparing to go into work (14:57)     For more information on Penn Medicine – Princeton House Behavioral Health: Princeton House Behavioral Health (princetonhcs.org)   Follow us on Facebook! facebook.com/princetonhousebh

Healthcare Workers' Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic Part 1

Tuesday Mar 09, 2021

In this episode Andy interviews Christine Isaac, LCSW, LCADC (Community Liaison with Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health) and Nicole Orro, LPC, LCADC (Site Director of Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health – Hamilton).  Since the start of the pandemic, Christine and Nicole have been volunteering to meet with frontline healthcare workers at multiple hospitals within the Penn system for ongoing counseling sessions.  They discuss what they have learned about what affect the coronavirus pandemic has had on healthcare workers’ mental health.   3:00 – A discussion of frontline healthcare workers’ experience during covid pandemic   4:45 – The effects of not having a break from the coronavirus pandemic   7:30 – Healthcare workers’ experience of living through the same trauma as their patients   14:00 – How the Covid crisis has affected the mental health of healthcare workers   18:58 – How the pandemic crept into every aspect of wellness for healthcare workers   For more information on Penn Medicine – Princeton House Behavioral Health: Princeton House Behavioral Health (princetonhcs.org)   Follow us on Facebook! facebook.com/princetonhousebh

Managing Winter Blues: Go Outside and Get Off Your Phone!

Wednesday Feb 24, 2021

This episode features Jessica Levy, LCSW who is the Site Director at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health’s Eatontown, NJ location.   In this episode, Jessica and Andy continue their discussion about how to manage depression during the winter months, especially during the pandemic.   The importance of going outside even when it’s cold (:34)   Why you should limit your own screen time (4:42)   How avoiding social media is helpful for managing depression (7:14)   Using structure to help you accomplish goals  (14:30)   For more information on Penn Medicine – Princeton House Behavioral Health: Princeton House Behavioral Health (princetonhcs.org)   Follow us on Facebook! facebook.com/princetonhousebh

Three Tips for Managing the Winter Blues During Covid

Wednesday Feb 17, 2021

This episode features Jessica Levy, LCSW who is the Site Director at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health’s Eatontown, NJ location.   In this episode, Jessica and Andy discuss three things people can do to help themselves manage depression during the long covid winter.   The importance of having a routine and building structure throughout your day (2:20).   Why you should take a shower and get ready as soon as you wake up in the morning (12:05).   Why goal setting is one of the cornerstones of treating depression – and how to do it (19:27).   How the cycle of depression usually works (25:00).   For more information on Penn Medicine – Princeton House Behavioral Health: Princeton House Behavioral Health (princetonhcs.org)   Follow us on Facebook! facebook.com/princetonhousebh

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