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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 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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MANAGING STRESS

For several reasons, older adults may find they have greater difficulty managing stress than they once did. For one, aging bodies may have a more difficult time recovering from stress due to the fact that their heart and lungs are operating at reduced capacity. In addition, older adults often find they cannot get an uninterrupted […]

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TYPES OF BIPOLAR DISORDER

There are several types of bipolar disorder, which generally produces abnormal highs or lows in mood. The most widespread types of bipolar disorder are bipolar I and bipolar II. While symptoms and patterns in which symptoms occur are similar, people with bipolar II experience less severe manic episodes (known as “hypomania”) than people with bipolar […]

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DEPRESSION AGES THE BRAIN

Recent research confirms a 2015 study that found that people with depression had an 83 percent increased risk of developing dementia (compared with people who did not have depression). The new study, which reviewed 34 long-term observational studies that had investigated links between depression or anxiety and cognitive decline, found that people suffering from depression […]

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THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

“Gaming disorder,” which entered the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases in 2018, is a term used to describe people who have trouble controlling the amount of time they spend playing digital or video games. These individuals also place a higher priority on gaming than other activities and experience negative effects from their gaming […]

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