Helping others and healing yourselfBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healing-yourself/MY01851
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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.read biographyclose window
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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Helping others and healing yourself
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
I've noticed a couple of themes emerging in the blog comments that and I want to explore and address.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
While I believe that you can't move forward when you're hanging onto the past, I don't think you can hit the "fast forward" button to resolve grief, anger and frustration. Healing is a process, an evolution; you don't simply wake up and suddenly find you're "all better."
As some TV psychologists like to say, you need to "deal with it" as best you can, heal your wounds as best you can, and recognize that you will then be on the path to a "new normal."
While medications may play an important role in healing some emotional issues, a trained and compassionate therapist can be an enormous asset on the path to recovery.
It's also clear that if you don't make your own health and welfare a priority, you'll have nothing left to give to others. Let me share with you an example a colleague shared with me concerning the good Samaritan.
Of course, you know the story. A traveler is mugged and left to die on the highway. Several members of the community pass him by, but a compassionate individual stops to bind his wounds and takes him to an inn. The next day the good Samaritan must leave but pays the innkeeper to care for the injured man.
Please note that the good Samaritan did what he could, but he did not put his life on hold for the injured person. He was honorable and steadfast but also recognized he had his own obligations to keep. This is an important lesson for each of us.blog index