Reflections: When the Mind and Soul Itches


It's important to be mindful of those nagging itches and what they may really represent.


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I have been enjoying my back scratcher, a gift from my mom, who recently won it at a game of bingo.

I have reflected on my seasonal itches while utilizing this gift. The itches may manifest themselves as the need to be perfect and nagging doubt and worry. It is prudent for us to be mindful of our itches and how they impact our quality of life.

My back scratcher reminds me that the hand claw of faith, prayer, gratitude, self-compassion, and hope is the antidote for my recovery. Embrace your claw daily. I hope this poem speaks to the hearts of many.

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Dr Clark is clinical assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville and medical director & division chief for Adult Inpatient and Consult-Liaison Services for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Prisma Health-Upstate. He serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Section Editor and Advisory Board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.

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