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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Take charge to conquer your stress
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Almost every medical organization has a weekly lecture entitled, "Grand Rounds." Typically, this is a 45-minute lecture on some aspect of medicine or research. Last week, a fascinating colleague addressed the issue of stress.
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My colleagues explained that stress reflects the "perfect storm" of three factors:
- Limited resources. You don't have the strength or energy to get the job done. In other words, demand exceeds capacity.
- Lack of control. You have no say in how you get the job done.
- Absence of meaning or purpose. The novelist Tolstoy said that the quickest way to drive a man insane is to have him perform a job that has no purpose.
In his lecture, my colleague also shared some advice for dealing with stress. He emphasized the importance of taking charge. In other words, get rid of the victim mentality and put yourself in the driver's seat. This might be something as simple as watching your diet or getting a good night's sleep. Or it might be something far more complex, such as dealing with legal and financial matters, or dissolving a relationship that's become toxic.
These concepts can help you deal more effectively with stress. What else have you tried to conquer stress?blog index