Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Your Future Includes Tempered Optimism

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Your Future Includes Tempered Optimism

Article excerpt

When I first came on as the editor in chief of Behavioral Healthcare and its sister publication, Addiction Professional, this spring, I was concerned that immersing myself in an industry that faces addiction, suicide and trauma on a daily basis would be a real downer. I wondered how personally upset I would be by the stories of real patients and their life-altering anguish.

I've been a healthcare business writer and editor for a dozen years, but behavioral health is a new focus for me. There's a distinct difference between tracking Medicare spending, for example, and watching a drug-court judge sentence a 23 year-old young man to six months in jail after his second heroin overdose. Deep down, I was wondering how fervently I'd have to steel my nerves to work among the leaders in this industry.

Instead, the behavioral specialty has provided me with the privilege of meeting the most hopeful, resilient, positive healthcare professionals I've ever spoken to. So many of you--longtime readers of Behavioral Healthcare--are thought leaders and optimistic advocates within your communities.

Business priorities

Of course, positive thinking is not enough. Each of you also has a business to run. You have the formidable task of balancing the emotional aspects of behavioral healthcare with the realities of the bottom line. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.