Author Archive | Krista

TREATING INSOMNIA

            Insomnia affects between 20% and 50% of older adults. While causes range from an enlarged prostate prompting frequent nighttime bathroom visits to post-menopausal night sweats that keep women awake, insomnia can also be a distinct sleep disorder. The National Institutes for Health (NIH) considers “cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia” (CBT-I) to be the first-line […]

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RESERVING JUDGMENT

            It was once widely held that addiction to drugs and alcohol was a moral failing; the belief was that the addicted person lacked the willpower and desire to change. However, the paradigm has shifted in recent years, as research continues to show addiction is a brain disease that is no different than many other […]

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MALE POSTNATAL DEPRESSION

            Women are not the only ones who are susceptible to postnatal depression. Along with 20% of mothers, up to 10% of fathers also report symptoms of postnatal depression. Not only does the illness affect fathers, but research involving 3,000 families indicates that daughters of men suffering from postnatal depression are also at risk of […]

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BULLYING’S EFFECT ON THE BRAIN

            Recognition of bullying’s widespread incidence and potential consequences is prompting parents, teachers, and health professionals to more seriously address the problem in efforts to curtail it. The National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics have announced that between one and three U.S. students report being bullied at school. As the […]

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HOW STRESS AFFECTS THE BRAIN

It’s widely known that chronic stress can affect the mind and body in ways that can increase irritability, fatigue, and insomnia, as well as exacerbate health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and gastrointestinal problems. Studies also show that even minor levels of stress can increase the risk of developing chronic disease. Recently, new research […]

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WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE?

In the wake of a suicide (or attempted suicide), family and friends often ask what they could have done to prevent their loved ones from wanting to take their own lives. It may be useful to know that, of the nearly 45,000 Americans who took their own lives in 2016, adults between the ages of […]

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HELPING CANCER PATIENTS BEAT DEPRESSION

A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing experience, which can lead to a feeling of fear, anxiety, and depression. By opting to undergo psychotherapy, cancer patients may put themselves in a better position to meet the physical challenges of cancer treatment and improve their quality of life. While mutual support groups enable patients to unload their […]

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Dates & Locations: March 18, 2019 Convention Center – Le Mars, IA March 19, 2019 WIT Campus – Cherokee, IA April 29, 2019 King’s Pointe – Storm Lake, IA April 30, 2019 St. Anthony’s Hospital, Carroll, IA All Trainings are from 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. What is Youth Mental Health First Aid? It is […]

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AVOIDING THE “WINTER BLUES”

“Seasonal Affective Disorder” (SAD), also known as “seasonal depression” and the “winter blues,” is estimated to affect about 14 million Americans. Typically, symptoms of this disorder begin in the late fall and early winter and dissipate during the spring. In the meantime, those suffering from SAD experience symptoms of depression that include low energy, sleep […]

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STANDING IN OPPOSITION

When children persistently display irrational, rebellious behavior, and anger at authority figures over extended periods, their performance may be attributed to “oppositional defiant disorder” (ODD). This form of conduct disorder, which may also be displayed in early adolescence, is characterized by aggression, irritability, disobedience, and argumentativeness that exceed normal or expected behaviors. In order to […]

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