15 Ted Talks That Will Change Your Life

15 Ted Talks That Will Change Your Life

Thanks to my friend Peter Zimmer and his friend Pete Cashmore of Mashable for linking to this in a recent article of his. I took his suggestion and starting watching these talks and they are great! A double thanks since incorporating “watching TED talks” into my routine has been on my to-do list for ever and now I’m finally doing it.


Deepak Chopra Meditation

“Through meditation you can actually reverse the effects of this toxic experience of life… whether it’s toxic emotions, toxic environments, toxic habits, toxic substances… the key is to experience inner silence…. your body returns to homeostasis.” – Deepak Chopra

High-Tech Stress Management

High-Tech Stress Management

Learn how your favorite digital device can be a convenient and quick anti-stress elixir… “Perhaps you’ve never considered your family’s gaming system as a stress reliever, but many systems offer programs that engage the mind and body, helping to reduce stress… it’s not only fun, but it’s also a workout – one of the best ways to combat stress.”

“Telepsychiatry is currently one of the most effective ways to increase access to psychiatric care for individuals living in underserved areas.”


Relevance to the Underserved Issue – Telepsychiatry is currently one of the most effective ways to increase access to psychiatric care for individuals living in underserved areas.
Summary of Key Information

Telepsychiatry, or telemedicine, is a specifically defined form of video conferencing that can provide psychiatric services to patients living in remote locations or otherwise underserved areas. It can connect patients, psychiatrists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals through the use of television cameras and microphones. Telemedicine currently provides an array of services, including but not limited to diagnosis and assessment; medication management; and individual and group therapy. It also provides an opportunity for consultative services between psychiatrists, primary care physicians and other healthcare providers. Telepsychiatry is also being used to provide patients with second opinions in areas where only one psychiatrist is available. Telepsychiatry has been shown to improve collaborative services between professionals. Studies indicate that healthcare professionals feel telepsychiatry has given them an opportunity to work more effectively as a team. Patients surveyed say they felt that the communication between their physicians had improved their outcomes. There are a few barriers to providing telepsychiatry services. Reimbursement is still difficult to receive, especially through third-party payers, and licensure can be difficult to obtain.  Overall, telepsychiatry provides increased access to services and has helped enhance the provision of services to families with children and other patients who are homebound. Patients participating in telepsychiatry say they are satisfied with the care they are receiving and that they feel telepsychiatry is a reliable form of practice.

Model Programs and Collaborative Projects

Internet Resources

HIPAA and why it matters

HIPAA and why it matters

 The federal Privacy Rule that took effect in 2003 under the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is based on fair information practices and represents a landmark in health privacy protection.  Notwithstanding more than five years of experience in implementing the Privacy Rule, myths about its provisions still persist. 

Pat, the cat who drank ^(and used) too much…

At my internship at the state’s largest male half-way house, we’re always looking for innovative ways to present the issue of addiction and the toll that drugs and alcohol can take on people’s lives.