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Tips to Process Broward School Shooting

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Special Issue – February 2018

Vicarious trauma is when a person bears witness to another’s trauma.  As the horrific events of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to unfold, MehraVista offers the following tips to maintain healthy emotional well-being for both adults and children.  Emotions of sadness, confusion, grief, loss and anger are common, normal reactions to a catastrophic event involving death especially when children have suffered.

Limit Exposure – While media platforms (TV, radio, internet, print, text messaging) are valuable resources for news, they can simultaneously contribute to anxiety, worry and fear.  The repetitive nature of the news cycle is […]

MehraVista Moment: Laughter the Best Medicine

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January | February 2017

On average, a child laughs 300 to 500 times a day while the average adult laughs approximately 15 times a day.  Laughter has tremendous short-term “positive side effects”.  Laughing not only lessens your load emotionally but it can induce physical changes in your body as well.
Benefits of Laughing

Decreases stress hormones
Triggers release of endorphins (the body’s natural feel good chemicals)
Relieves physical pain by releasing natural pain killers in the body
Helps you lose weight
Gives you good sleep
Makes you look younger by decreasing facial tension
Increases immune cells (resistance to disease)
Lowers blood […]

MehraVista Moment: Avoid a “Holiday Heart”

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December 2016

Holiday Heart, a term coined in 1978 which refers to a potentially life threatening condition when the heart beats irregularly as a result of excessive alcohol consumption around holidays and other special events.

Chest pain.  Heart racing.  Heart palpitations.  Light headedness.  Shortness of breath.

This condition involves a person who may otherwise have a healthy heart but binge drinks around the holidays.  Other contributing factors include heavy eating, smoking, extra salt intake, dehydration, stress and cold weather.  Depression can also contribute to having an unhealthy heart.

Clinical Course?
The symptoms described above can result in visits to the emergency room.  The […]

MehraVista Moment: Fear Factor


MehraVista Moment
October 2016

Fear, as defined by Merriam-Webster, “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.  The threat may be real or imagined.”
Fear, through our biological makeup, is one of the most adaptive emotions.  The feeling of fear prevents us from petting a cobra.  We need fear triggers to stop, look and listen when a threat is near.  But discrimination is essential to mitigate the negative consequences of fear.  Fear is not necessarily good or bad but rather should be viewed as a tool to achieve success and improve performance at work, school or sport.  This […]

Tips & Tricks Against Stress & Burnout

MehraVista Moment: Suicide

MehraVista Moment
September 2016


September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  Exact causes of escalating suicide rates are unknown.  What is known, however, is that awareness and strategic educational campaigns are significantly absent from academic settings, athletics, religious entities, physician groups, hospitals, social service agencies, insurance companies, and especially corporate America. Ironically and tragically, even many mission-driven behavioral health organizations turn a blind eye to the distress of their own employees. Why?  The complexity of moral, religious, social and medical beliefs surrounding suicide render it a topic that is taboo to be openly discussed.

Irrespective of economic, social, spiritual or professional background, the topic […]

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    Drowning is a Serious Threat to Families with Small Children

Drowning is a Serious Threat to Families with Small Children

The relaxed days of summer vacation can be deadly and tragic for families with small children in Florida.  The Centers for Disease Control report Florida overwhelmingly has the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for 1-4 year olds.  Between January and October 2011, 55 children, between the ages of 0-4 died in Florida.  In 2013, between January and June, 19 toddlers have died in the 12 counties of Central Florida as reported by the Department of Children and Families.  For every child that dies, 5 more receive emergency care for non-fatal submersion that often leads to irreversible brain damage.

Florida […]


As carefree summer vacation draws to a close, be aware of DIDASKALEINOPHOBIA (fear of going to school).  School avoidance, school refusal and school phobia are more common terms interchangeably used to describe a constellation of behaviors occurring among 1-5% of school aged children.  School avoidance occurs most often in 5 to 6 year olds and 10 to 11 year olds.  Rates are similar among boys and girls.  The behaviors happen after a prolonged break like vacation, returning to school after an illness or after a traumatic event the child or family has incurred.

Behaviors among 5 to 6 year olds

Clingy […]