Score in Tennis
President and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, Dr. Soon K. Kim earned his medical degree from Seoul National University in Korea in 1966. When he is not attending to his professional responsibilities, Dr. Soon K. Kim enjoys playing tennis.
Tennis is perhaps unique among sports because a player or team can win the majority of the points scored and the majority of games and yet still lose the match. For instance, a player could win a match 6-4, 0-6, 6-4, thus winning 12 games to the loser’s 14 games won.
Contemporary league matches in the U.S. are generally won by the first side to win two sets. A set is won by the first side to win six games, and a game is won by the first side to score four points. To win a game, though, not only must a side reach four points, but it must also win by at least two points. Thus, if the two sides are tied at three points apiece – called “40-40” or “deuce”– they keep playing until one side wins by two points.
Some matches employ “no-ad” scoring, which eliminates the “win by two” rule so that even when the score is “deuce,” the next point wins the game. In mixed doubles matches using no-ad scoring, when the score is deuce or at the final point of a tiebreak, the server serves to the same gender player on the other side. This is a feature of mixed doubles play at tennis’ Grand Slam events.
A highly trained psychiatrist, Dr. Soon K. Kim is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Soon K. Kim currently serves as president and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care.
What is schizophrenia and who gets it?
A complex mental disorder involving differences in brain chemicals and the central nervous system, schizophrenia is characterized by disordered thinking and an inability to accurately interpret reality, which leads to inappropriate emotional and social responses. The cause of the condition is unknown, but family history is thought to play a role in some cases.
What are the symptoms of schizophrenia and how is it diagnosed?
Signs and symptoms of schizophrenia can appear at any age, although the condition usually manifests itself between a person’s teenage years and 30s. Those with schizophrenia can have hallucinations, delusional thinking, and disorganized thoughts, speech, and behavior. They may also withdraw and lose motivation to do the simplest tasks, such as bathing or getting dressed. Cognitively, patients may have problems with attention and memory and be unable to make sense of what they see or hear. However, because the symptoms of schizophrenia can mimic those of other mental or neurological conditions, a full psychiatric evaluation is necessary to obtain a proper diagnosis.
What treatments are available for schizophrenia?
Once diagnosed, patients are usually treated with antipsychotic medications to stabilize brain neurotransmitters. After the symptoms of psychosis are under control, patients should begin psychotherapy to learn how to cope with the condition, stay healthy, and maintain a job and normal relationships.
With more than four decades of experience in the mental health care field, Dr. Soon K. Kim currently operates as president and chief executive officer of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, a group of six acute psychiatric hospitals located in Arizona, California, and Illinois that offers chemical dependency and behavior health treatment options for adults, children, adolescents, and seniors. Dr. Soon K. Kim utilizes a number of advanced techniques to treat mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder, depression, and everyday stress. Here are a few techniques on how to manage stress.
Find the root cause: Perhaps the first step in managing stress is to find out what is the primary cause for stress. Everyday pressures such as demands at work or family issues are almost always a given, but other factors that may contribute to the stress levels include a daily commute or being overworked.
Employ a relaxation technique: Busy individuals may think that they do not have time to slow down and relax, but relaxation techniques are actually an effective method for managing stress. Exercises such as yoga, tai chi, or meditation help individuals to focus and block out the constant “noise” and flurry of everyday life. For more active individuals, taking a brisk walk or engaging in a sporting activity helps to relieve stress.
Talk it out: Sometimes just talking things out, or verbally expressing your feelings of anxiety or anger to a trusted friend or family member, is a great way to relieve stress.
As the president and chief executive officer of Aurora Behavioral Health Care and a member of the board of directors at the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology, Dr. Soon K. Kim focuses on treating individuals with chemical dependency and severe behavioral and mental health disorders. A few of the behavioral and mental health conditions Dr. Soon K. Kim treats include addiction, alcoholism, depression, and schizophrenia. Here is a brief overview of schizophrenia.
Question #1: What is schizophrenia?
Answer #1: Schizophrenia is a chronic condition where people have an abnormal interpretation of reality. Individuals with schizophrenia may suffer from delusions, hallucinations, unclear thinking, or a combination thereof, and usually require lifelong treatment.
Question #2: What are a few of the symptoms of schizophrenia?
Answer #2: The symptoms of schizophrenia are generally divided into three groups: cognitive, negative, and positive. Cognitive symptoms include issues with thought processes such as difficulty making sense of or retaining information. Negative symptoms include a lack of interest in everyday processes, lack of emotion, and lack of attention to personal hygiene while positive symptoms involve a misrepresentation or excess of normal activities.
Question #3: What is the most appropriate course of treatment?
Answer #3: Treatment options for schizophrenia include antipsychotic medications and support therapy. Relationship, job-training, and behavioral techniques are typically employed for individuals with schizophrenia to help them cope better in work-related or social settings.
A lifetime member of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Soon K. Kim is currently the president and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, which offers a variety of mental health services at its eight locations, including group therapy.
A form of psychotherapy, group therapy occurs within a small group (often no more than 12 participants) that is led by one or more qualified mental health professionals. It is frequently combined with individual therapy or a medication regimen. Groups typically meet once or twice a week for varying lengths of time. Some groups allow free-flowing dialogue, while others follow a more structured format.
Group therapy can address a variety of mental and emotional problems, including addiction; traumatic stress; depression, grief, or anxiety disorders; or issues surrounding chronic or terminal illnesses. Group therapy has a number of benefits. It allows participants to gain self-knowledge as well as support and encouragement by interacting with people who have similar problems and experiences. It helps members improve their communication and problem-solving skills as well as their emotional expression. Therapists can also give useful feedback based on members’ social interactions. In addition, group therapy is often more cost effective than other forms of therapy.
For more information about group therapy or the other programs offered at Dr. Soon K. Kim’s organization, visit www.aurorabehavioral.com.