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Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s disease was named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist who first discovered it in 1906.  In 1983, then-president Ronald Reagan declared November to be a month where more...

 

Preventing Falls

Did you know that every year in the United States, more than ¼ of adults age 65+ have a fall, with approximately a fifth of fallers sustaining a serious more...

 

Medicare Part D Information

What does that mean for you?  It means that you have a chance to see what medicines your current plan will cover for 2017.  You can more...

 

Grown Up Time Out

Time outs are usually used for children who throw tantrums in the middle of the grocery store or who say curse words more...

 

Depression and Children

Depression comes in all different shapes and sizes, and so do its survivors. Commonly, depression is thought to be a condition for more...

 

Clarification on OCD versus OCPD


Many don’t understand the difference between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD).  Often many more...

 

The Elephant in the Medicine Cabinet


At the risk of repeating myself, this blog entry will be centered around the continuing plague of opiate addiction and the more...

 

Getting Loved Ones to Eat


A common nutritional problem for individuals with advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, Cancer, and AIDS is Cachexia-Anorexia.  With Cachexia-Anorexia individuals more...

 

Underage Drinking

Growing up in a rural area, jokes about underage drinking are the norm. “Why are kids from more...

 

Psychotropic Medications

There are a number of medications used to treat mental disorders, depending on the diagnosis. It is very more...

 

Coping VS Coping Well

When someone is going through a hard time, such as after a loss, we often ask, “How are you more...

 

Adrenal Fatigue

In todays’ society there is a lot of pressure to look, act, or behave in a certain way.  A lot of people are influenced by these more...

 

Self-Acceptance

In todays’ society there is a lot of pressure to look, act, or behave in a certain way.  A lot of people are influenced by these more...

 

Trauma

Trauma is defined as “an emotional shock that creates substantial and lasting damage to the psychological development more...

 

The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, can be produced in the body with mild sun exposure or consumed
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Opiates

If there is such a thing as a ‘climax’ and waning of the process of addiction to a substance, I pray that time is current
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Benzodiazepine Warnings

Benzodiazepines are a type of medication known as anxiolytics or tranquilizers or minor tranquilizers, as opposed to the major tranquilizers more...

 

Anger Management

An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, "Let
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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

In the past decade, there has been a 40% increase in the amount of children (less than 18 years old) living in a household
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Healthy Aging

As society is living longer, we turn our thoughts from aging gracefully to aging successfully.  How do we strive to age
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Heartland Human Services Coloring Contest 2014

Paige Wendling, a fifth grade student at Altamont Grade School, was named the winner of the agency’s Christmas
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Am I Bipolar?

No one's mood is stable 100% of the time. It's normal to feel down when you hit a rough patch… and elated when life more...

 

What is Executive Function?

Executive function refers to a set of mental skills that are coordinated in the brain’s frontal lobe.  The functions work together to help more...

 

Substance Abuse Treatment With Medications

Medications can be used to help reestablish normal brain function and to prevent relapse and diminish cravings
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Self-Advocacy and Assertive Communication

A big part of substance abuse treatment, aside from sobriety, is the goal that a client will be able to carry these learned skills more...

 

What is Stress?

First things first… what is stress and how do you know if you’re under it? Many people don’t realize that stress is a very more...

 

Effects Of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol consumption, despite its perceived social acceptance, is one of the leading causes of major health concerns in the United States.  When taken in more...

 

Suicide Prevention

Friends, families, and communities each year are affected by suicide and/or suicide attempts. “In 2010 (the most recent year for which data are available), 38,364 suicides were reported more...

 

The Connection: Mental Health & Physical Health

Mental health and physical health have always been interconnected.  Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being more...

 

Crisis Intervention = Distress Relief

Crisis intervention consists of immediate, short-term assistance to those who experience an event that produces mental, emotional, physical and more...

 

The Winter Blues??

For some people the year-end holidays are quite joyful and satisfying.  For others, the anxiety of creating a perfect holiday gathering can quickly become nightmares more...

 

Postpartum Depression: What The Community Should Know

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a prevalent women’s health issue in today’s world. According to Albright (1993) at least 12% of women suffer from a form of postpartum depression. more...

 

Heartland Human Services Coloring Contest 2013

Addison Holste, of Effingham, was a winner in the Effingham Daily News’ Christmas Coloring Contest more...