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Dr. Helen Borel (Creativita)

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Hello:  I'm a PUBLISHED CREATIVE WRITER (Poetry, Book Critiques, Humor, Magazine Articles, Short Fiction, Playwriting) and a HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL, with a DOCTORATE IN PSYCHOANALYSIS, and a MASTERS IN CREATIVE WRITING...  

I spent 18+ years on MEDICINE (sic and sick) AVENUE as a senior copywriter and creative director (creating advertising campaigns aimed at varied specialty physician audiences) on Rx drugs - and the diseases and conditions they treat - from Abilify to Zoloft, from Ampicillin to Zovirax, from Anaphylaxis to Zits.  In other words I know, in depth, all things medical, psychiatric and pharmaceutical from A to Z.  AND, I write about health/medical/psychiatric subjects equally as superbly to academic audiences in their erudite terminology and to lay readers in easily understandable everyday language.

My writing tends to hook the reader in, to keep him or her interested enough to read more, to never put the reader to sleep, and to wrap up the piece with a memorable climax, idea, denouement, or stimulating final thought about the subject at hand...something that somehow inspires the reader to think more about what I'd just written.

My clinical hospital experience and expertise - not to mention the wealth of images, concepts and medical language that over the years has expanded my brain power - amply inform my creative mind and provide a much enriched vocabulary for my varied writing endeavors.

My personal life has been, in some ways, unique: I grew up from ages 2 to 17 in two orphanages.  Never had the advantage of family life as a child.  Worked my way through college for several semesters in the daytime while practicing as a registered professional nurse in hospitals on the midnight to 8 a.m. shift.

I raised my son, the actor - a handsome, intelligent, athletic/poetic/humorous soul - while building my career in medical advertising.  Now, my baby boy has his own baby boy who is adorable, articulate and humorous and who just turned 5 years old today.

I've always been a "fighter."  Meaning, I'm an advocate for people I feel cannot speak for themselves, or who are not able to articulate their difficulties and their needs.  As such, I'm most agrieved at the plight many patients suffer due to bad doctoring, bad nursing, bad drugs, bad hospitals, bad insurance companies, progressively lowering "standards of care," and just plain unethical healthcare practices that are ongoing.  Patients deserve better.  Americans deserve better.  

I risk myself for what's right, particularly in healthcare, medical practice, prescription medication deliverance, and especially for what's best for emotionally wounded and mentally ill patients. Because it's important that these issues be addressed. Especially by someone as knowledgeable about these subjects as myself.  It's my duty. Thanks for listening.  See you on my Hub Pages.    - Creativita

 

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  • BORN ON THE 2nd of JULY 1953
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    BORN ON THE 2nd of JULY 1953

    6 years ago

    by HELEN BOREL This is for everyone who has ever applied for a job...in this country that is largely sexist and ageist - STILL. And this is also for those of you who have been struggling with online dating services...

  • PSYCH-Robo-Nurse
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    PSYCH-Robo-Nurse

    7 years ago

    THE HUMAN TOUCH...ESSENTIAL FOR REAL MENTAL HEALTH CARE by Dr. Helen Borel On June 5, 2008, I responded to a cadre of psychologists lauding the "value" of non-hands-on "treatment" of psychiatric...

  • Can HPV Vaccine Trigger Fatal ALS? by Creativita
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    Can HPV Vaccine Trigger Fatal ALS? by Creativita

    7 years ago

    ASK THE NURSE: Can HPV Vaccine Trigger Fatal ALS? by Creativita GARDISIL® Vaccine May be Linked to 3 Deaths from ALS (Amytropic Lateral Sclerosis): More Public Health Data Needed on Gardisil®'s Potential...

  • SPINAL CRIPPLING DUE TO SHINGLES
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    SPINAL CRIPPLING DUE TO SHINGLES

    7 years ago

    A POX ON HERPES ZOSTER by Helen Borel,RN,PhD I'm reaching out for any medical, neurologic or other interested individuals to provide me with information I cannot seem to locate on the internet...not even at any...

  • BOREL ON CREATIVE WRITING
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    BOREL ON CREATIVE WRITING

    7 years ago

    THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD WRITING FOR PROFESSIONALS ON ALL CAREER PATHS by Helen Borel The writing process is both complex and simple. Simple because a true writer is unable to not write. A true writer must write as we...

  • BOREL OPINION COLUMN: ON WRITERS' RIGHTS
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    BOREL OPINION COLUMN: ON WRITERS' RIGHTS

    7 years ago

    BOREL OPINION COLUMN: ON WRITERS’ RIGHTS by Creativita Against the Widespread Underpaying of Writers    by Helen Borel Fellow writers, I am stunned by the overwhelming number of editors,...

  • BOREL OPINION COLUMN: $Social In$Security
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    BOREL OPINION COLUMN: $Social In$Security

    7 years ago

    by Helen Borel, RN,PhD Dear Readers: No talking heads are raising this urgent subject! Not even AARP has fought against it, nor publicized this outrageous loss in pension monies owed to American Seniors in the coming...

  • 911 Manhattan Tale
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    911 Manhattan Tale

    7 years ago

    by Helen Borel I awoke that day to a station on my TV showing a rerun of a downtown disaster in Manhattan. Heavy, black smoke was issuing from the top section of a skyscraper. Newstalkers were talking animatedly....

  • Ask the Nurse: CHOCOLATE, NATURE'S PANACEA
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    Ask the Nurse: CHOCOLATE, NATURE'S PANACEA

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, RN,PhD Dark Chocolate, replete with bioflavonoids, contributes to improved cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) health, according to Dr. Mary Engler of the University of California at San Francisco,...

  • "SENIOR CITIZENS": Disposable Americans
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    "SENIOR CITIZENS": Disposable Americans

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel Introduction With a few current editorial fixes, this piece was written at 4:25 a.m. on January 2, 2001. It's a cautionary dramatization of what every American, who isn't wealthy - which means the...

  • WRITER'S MIND: RARE BLEND OF LOGIC AND INVENTION
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    WRITER'S MIND: RARE BLEND OF LOGIC AND INVENTION

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel Both complexity and simplicity characterize the writing process. Which is simple because a born writer is incapable of not writing. A born writer must write as we all must breathe air. Too, writing is...

  • BOREL OPINION COLUMN: Orphanages vs. Foster Homes
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    BOREL OPINION COLUMN: Orphanages vs. Foster Homes

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, PhD Introduction A little less than 20 years ago I sent the below letter to The New York Times in response to an item the paper printed which advocated orphanages over foster care for children whose own...

  • BOREL OPINION COLUMN: How Environment Impacts Evolution
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    BOREL OPINION COLUMN: How Environment Impacts Evolution

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, PhD Foreword With minor editorial adjustments, the ideas in this article are substantially preserved and fully supportable for my 21st Century readers. Surprisingly so, since it was written over three...

  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN SCHIZOPHRENICS
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    SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN SCHIZOPHRENICS

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, PhD Ten years ago, Peter F. Buckley, M.D. of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University noted - in his review of studies on schizophrenics suffering concommitant substance abuse1 - that...

  • PREVENTING DEATH FROM ANAPHYLAXIS
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    PREVENTING DEATH FROM ANAPHYLAXIS

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, RN,PhD Recently, a young man asked about his possible allergy to yeast or barley because of a severe reaction he experienced while drinking beer. First, I advised him to stay away from beer altogether...

  • BOREL OPINION COLUMN: Female Presidents
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    BOREL OPINION COLUMN: Female Presidents

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel I fear the media, which has hyped the race card (that was never the issue at all in the contest between Barack and Hillary) to the hilt during the primaries, will now have to lie in the bed (or maybe...

  • ASPECTS OF LOVE - Part One
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    ASPECTS OF LOVE - Part One

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, PhD The Illusion of Love...The Elusiveness of Love Do you want a man or a woman in your life you can connect with on many levels? Are you feeling left out when your friends or colleagues excitedly...

  • PSYCHOTHERAPY WORKS: SCIENTIFIC PROOF
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    PSYCHOTHERAPY WORKS: SCIENTIFIC PROOF

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, PhD Ongoing investigations by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and within the pharmaceutical industry, searching for specific chemicals to treat various psychiatric disorders, have...

  • DEPRESSION: SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENTS
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    DEPRESSION: SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENTS

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, PhD Depression, a worldwide challenge to psychiatrists, afflicts15 to 19 million Americans. Untreated or undertreated, it accounts for the daily disability and suffering of these millions, but suicide...

  • BOREL SATIRE: FREUD
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    BOREL SATIRE: FREUD

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel Shortly after the turn of the century (the 19th to the 20th, that is), I was privileged to witness the start-up of the very first medical advertising agency. It was lunchtime in Vienna, between noon and...

  • The Personality Series Examines BORDERLINES
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    The Personality Series Examines BORDERLINES

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, RN,PhD In my experience...over two decades as a psychotherapist...BORDERLINES,Hostility,...

  • ASK THE NURSE
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    ASK THE NURSE

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, RN,PhD ASK THE NURSE is your column for answers to questions patients and their loved ones need to, or should, ask about the kind and quality of healthcare you are entitled to from your physicians, from...

  • OVERCOMING NEEDINESS
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    OVERCOMING NEEDINESS

    8 years ago

    Psychotherapy Works, self-help, love,advice, relationships,neediness,healing,overcoming,communications,focus,behavior,thoughts,feelings,moods,pain,emotional....

  • NEEDINESS HURTS YOU
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    NEEDINESS HURTS YOU

    8 years ago

    Neediness,emotions,psychotherapy,self,focus,anxiety,withdrawal,relationships,moods,feelings,pain,care,communications...

  • Are There Advantages to Madness? Part One: Psychosis
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    Are There Advantages to Madness? Part One: Psychosis

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, PhD The state of being "mad" can be interpreted as referring to being "crazy" or being "angry." (I will discuss anger* and its possible advantages after spotlighting, here,...

  • Are There Advantages to Madness?  Part One: Psychosis
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    Are There Advantages to Madness? Part One: Psychosis

    8 years ago

    Schizophrenia,hallucinations,delusions,dementia,Alzheimer's,psychiatric hospital,antipsychotic drugs,brain tumors,traumatic brain injury,alcohol-withdrawal, infections all can evidence psychotic symptoms.

  • How Psychotherapy Works
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    How Psychotherapy Works

    8 years ago

    Anxiety, depression, grief, creativity, relationships, love, suffering, dreams...some of the many areas of human experience addressed in the safe sanctuary of psychotherapy sessions. Helping patients have career success...

  • Breaking into Advertising
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    Breaking into Advertising

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, Ph.D. Now that you know you must get on staff at an ad agency if you want to be paid for your writing or graphic talents for campaign concepts you are creating (see my hub "Freelance Ad...

  • freelance ad writing
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    freelance ad writing

    8 years ago

  • Alcohol Dependence Therapies
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    Alcohol Dependence Therapies

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, Ph.D. The sooner individuals dependent on alcohol, and those genetically vulnerable to developing alcohol dependence, recognize their condition or propensity for it, the better. Such a realization and...

  • PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR INSOMNIA
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    PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR INSOMNIA

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, Ph.D. Insomnia is globally prevalent and widely underdiagnosed and, therefore, undertreated, reports Dr. Thomas Roth of the Sleep Disorders and Research Center at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. ...

  • Social Anxiety Disorder Therapy
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    Social Anxiety Disorder Therapy

    8 years ago

    by Helen Borel, Ph.D. Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), a fairly recently classified, frequently disabling, emotional and behavioral condition, used to be considered a normal, tolerable state and was generally referred...

  • PSYCH NEW YORK
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    PSYCH NEW YORK

    7 years ago

    by Helen Borel, Ph.D. PSYCH NEW YORK has been created so I can disseminate timely behavioral medicine news, emerging psychiatric and neuroscience research developments, and discussions of various psychotherapy methods...

  • DEADLY HEALTHCARE
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    DEADLY HEALTHCARE

    8 years ago

    What "Deadly Healthcare" is About and Aims to Accomplish by Creativita As a healthcare professional, as well as a published professional medical-writer, I feel it's my ethical duty to inform unsuspecting...

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