Responding to Psychiatric Crises

By Dr. James Hart In 2017, Dr. James Hart, Rolling Hills Hospital’s medical director, sat down with David Condos, host of the Recovery Unscripted podcast, to discuss how his team stays prepared to respond to the wide range of time-sensitive psychiatric emergencies that present at their doorstep. Dr. Hart grew up in East Tennessee before…

You’re Actually Not “So OCD,” And Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Joke About It

By Wesley Gallagher You’ve probably heard someone joke about being “OCD” because they color-code their closet or always carry hand sanitizer. Maybe you’ve seen or used hashtags like #soOCD on social media to cap off a joke about peculiar quirks or particularities. You might have even taken a fun online test to find out “how…

What to Do When Your Child Struggles With Anxiety

By Patti Richards Although childhood should be the most carefree time in a person’s life, more children than ever before struggle with anxiety. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 25 percent of all children between the ages of 13 and 18 deal with some level of anxiety, and nearly six percent of those…

The Truth About Teens and Screen Time

By Patti Richards On a typical Friday night in America, a family gathers at a local restaurant to eat before a movie, a game or as a treat after a long week. Work, sports practice, homework, clubs, meetings and networking pull the parents, brothers and sisters in many different directions. But when mom, dad and…

Suicide Prevention Efforts at Rolling Hills Hospital

Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. As a part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness month, Rolling Hills Hospital encourages you to find out more about how we are making every effort to champion suicide prevention on a local level…

A Nurse Is a Hero in the Shadows

Written by Noah benShea In every language across time and space, in every voice of pain and hurt, there has always been one plea, one shout, one agonized whisper that has a common yearning: “Please God, we need a nurse.” I’m not sure how people come to know they want to be a nurse, but…

Is Online Therapy Beneficial?

By Martha McLaughlin The digital age has vastly altered the way that people access information and entertainment. It’s affected the way that people interact socially and is beginning to change the healthcare industry. In the mental health arena, online tools are being used, but much is yet to be determined about how they compare to…

The ABCs of ECT: Getting Past Misconceptions

By Martha McLaughlin Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for severe depression and a variety of other mental health concerns, but because of its history and portrayal in popular media, it may be misunderstood or even feared. The treatments first used in the 1940s were problematic, but today’s ECT bears little resemblance…

Research Shows Link Between Heat, Mental Illness

Being hot is uncomfortable and aggravating, especially when humidity tags along with the heat and hangs heavy in the air. So it’s hardly surprising that a study conducted in a Vietnamese mental hospital during a five-year span showed hospitalizations spiked considerably during heat waves. The study was published in the form of a thesis by…

Nashville Police, Justice System Show Compassion Toward Mentally Ill

The stories make the news with increasing frequency: A frightened person screaming for help when nobody else sees danger. Suicidal or scared people climbing onto freeway overpasses or bridges, either contemplating taking a leap or just contemplating. A confused, bewildered person walking around naked in an airport. Where do they usually end up? In jail….