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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 March 29, 2019 King’s Pointe – Storm Lake, IA March 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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PRESSURED MILLENNIALS

Striving for perfection is a good trait in that it compels individuals to do their best. However, perfectionism can have its downside if it creates intense pressure that adversely affects an individual’s psychological well-being. These two sides of the perfectionist coin are most readily apparent to millennials, who are more predisposed to perfectionism than previous […]

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EXPECTING THE WORST

While an old adage advises that we “expect the best and plan for the worst,” some people foresee an unfavorable outcome to an event and decide that, if it occurs, the result will be disastrous. For instance, a surgery patient may decide that if she does not quickly recover from the procedure, it will leave […]

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IS STRESS CONTAGIOUS?

Anecdotal evidence indicates that being around a stressed person often makes us feel stressed, while reports from relatives and friends of traumatized soldiers show that they have experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) despite never having been on the battlefield. Additionally, studies involving PTSD sufferers reveal loss of volume in their hippocampus (the part […]

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THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS

Holding a grudge often leads to stress, anger, and revenge fantasies that only serve to increase blood pressure, heart disorders, anxiety, depression, and compensatory habits (such as over-eating) that are undertaken in attempts to escape the pain. By forgiving those who have hurt us, we can help ourselves to better physical and mental outcomes. However, […]

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SHAKEN TO THE CORE

New research suggests that trauma may be linked with a higher risk of developing heart disease, especially among post-menopausal women. According to the study, women who experienced three traumatic events in their lifetimes had poorer heart function than those who had fewer traumatic experiences. More specifically, researchers found that the “endothelial function” (the layer of […]

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DECLUTTERING MAY CLEAR THE MIND

While we all tend to hold on to old items of clothing, papers, and other things, some people take their collections of possessions to the extreme. Not only is “hoarding” a psychiatric disorder, but it is also linked with problems in relationships and/or the ability to function at work. Excessive acquisition of items and the […]

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