Friday, August 15, 2014

Peace Within Peace Without

by Dr. Tony Calabrese and Patricia Calabrese, PMH-NP

Mental Health is intricately linked to physical health, it is vital and we all strive to achieve it. However, for some people attaining positive mental health is a daily struggle. Take a level, for example, like the ones used by carpenters and notice its sensitivity to movement. The little bubble in the center of the instrument moves to the right and left with just the slightest touch.

We want to attain mental health that feels like a nice warm bath, or the sounds of classical music being played on a piano. It’s a peaceful state of mind, making us feel confident and happy.

When there is a disturbance in the level and the bubble moves off center, the equilibrium is gone, much like our inner tranquility. The disturbance may be represented by a snide comment, stormy weather, or upsetting news. When this happens, the goal is to recapture that peaceful state despite the circumstances.

Carpenters often say a steady hand produces a level shelf. Everyone should continually develop a steady hand, so the journey we call life doesn't disturb our inner bubble.

Dr. Tony Calabrese is the Director of Psychology and Outpatient Services at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services. He also serves as the Chief Psychologist for the pre-doctoral Psychology internship training program. Patricia Calabrese is a licensed Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and she currently treats children and adolescents at Pine Grove Outpatient Services. She has a professional interest in ADHD and parenting education.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs focus on treating gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a focused substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 and over. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual and intimacy disorder issues. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

Visit www.pinegrovetreatment.com or call 1-888-574-HOPE (4673) for more information.