An Emergency Department is Helping Patients Manage Anxiety with Simple Activity Boxes

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On ‘Psychology Behind the Headlines,’ hosts Jessica Reyes, Patricia Wu, and guest MHTN Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Bober discuss how an ER in Corpus Christi, Texas, has a simple solution to help patients manage anxiety – activity boxes.

The Power of Distraction

When we’re anxious, our minds tend to race. Activity boxes provide a healthy distraction, giving patients something to focus on besides their worries.

Back to Basics

Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest. Coloring and fidgeting can help ground us in the present moment and reduce the overwhelming feelings that often come with a medical visit.

Affordability and Accessibility

These activity boxes are incredibly cost-effective and widely accessible. This strategy could be a game-changer, particularly in areas with limited mental health resources.

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