Mood Disorder Specialists Asheville NC

A positive mood is more expansive, sees the larger picture and tends to make more associations. Sad people, on the other hand, tend to stick to the facts, pay attention to details, and use more item'specific processing.

Jennifer Zeisz
(828) 777-4422
43 Grove Street, Suite 3
Asheville, NC
Education Info
Doctoral Program: DePaul University
Credentialed Since: 2011-08-08

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Lawrence Ralph Jones
(828) 213-5253
428 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Stephen E Buie
(828) 254-9494
158 Zillicoa St
Asheville, NC
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Psychiatry

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John Malcolm Rathbun
(828) 254-9494
158 Zillicoa St
Asheville, NC
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Psychiatry

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Annemarie Russell
(828) 213-5253
428 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
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Psychiatry

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Nancy L. McKeel
(828) 254-9494
158 Zillicoa St
Asheville, NC
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Georgia State University
Credentialed Since: 1996-08-26

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Judith Louise Hoffman
(828) 252-8748
283 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
Specialty
Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine

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Steven Howard Baker
(828) 225-3100
53 S French Broad Ave
Asheville, NC
Specialty
Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

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Julie A Lindsey
(828) 254-9494
158 Zillicoa Street
Asheville, NC
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Psychiatry

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Kimberly F Stalford
(828) 213-5253
428 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
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Psychiatry

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The Upside of Sadness

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Have trouble remembering things? Maybe you’re just too happy. A recent University of Virginia study found that sad people remembered words more accurately than those who are lovin’ life. The study tested 100 undergraduates who were exposed to two different mood-inducing classical music selections to evoke either happiness (Mozart) or sadness (Mahler).

Once their moods had been altered, the students were shown lists of words that they were then asked to recall. The researchers found that subjects who were feeling cheerier were more likely to lapse into “relational processing,” which means that as they listened they made associations with the words and thought about bigger issues rather than the specifics of the task. Consequently this group’s test scores were lower than their gloomier compatriots.

“A positive mood is more expansive, sees the larger picture and tends to make more associations,” says study author Justin Storbeck. “Sad people, on the other hand, tend to stick to the facts, pay attention to details, and use more item-specific processing.”

The study even puts a positive spin on sadness. “We used to think about negative emotions as being dysfunctional,” says Storbeck, “but sometimes they can be beneficial, depending on the task.”

Elizabeth Marglin

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