When is self-help not enough?By Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/getting-mental-health-help/MY02302
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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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When is self-help not enough?
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Life is complicated. Sometimes things don't turn out the way you expect and problems arise that you can't solve on your own.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
One of these difficult areas is anger management. When you're at risk of injuring yourself or someone else, self-help books and websites are simply not enough. You need to reach out for professional guidance.
Likewise, it's not always possible to tough it out and pull yourself up by your boot straps when dealing with depression and other mental health issues. This is a common misperception. Many of these emotional disorders stem from a biochemical imbalance that can't just be willed away.
The bottom line is clear: The lone ranger — the hero who saves lives in isolation — is a myth of the media. There are times when you need to ask for help to ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you.blog index