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Anxiety

Four Tips To Ease Your Mood Swings

Mood swings are characterized by a drastic change in emotion from one side of the spectrum to the other. For example, if at one moment you are freely going about your day, and the next moment you’re suddenly upset, irritated or hostile – then you may suffer from mood swings. Mood swings affect both men ...

Anxiety

Schizophrenia and Thought Disorders

The onset of serious psychotic symptoms was sudden and dramatic for George, a 51-year old man living with schizoaffective disorder. In George’s reality, a mental “Star Chamber” was holding him on trial for crimes too terrible to fathom. These fantasies left him wandering the streets shouting at unseen forces out to destroy him. Due to ...

Anxiety

A New Approach to Chronic Pain and Anxiety

Opioid addiction continues to grow nationwide and kills three people in Tennessee each day. At a Centerstone clinic in Nashville, Dr. Alicia Batson offers clients an alternative to prescribed opioids and benzodiazepines in the treatment of chronic pain and anxiety—based on her personal experience. Having always believed there was no separation between the mind and ...

Anxiety

Trauma Informed System of Care Conference in Illinois

Speakers have been announced and registration is now open for the Trauma Informed System of Care Conference, co-hosted by Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care. The conference will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at John A. Logan College’s main conference center in Carterville, IL. Register online ...

Addiction

Seeking Clients for Illinois Grant Program

Centerstone is seeking new clients to enroll in a new grant funded program. The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) grant was awarded to Centerstone to expand and improve community health care in Southern Illinois. The focus population includes individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorder, co-occurring disorders, and children and adolescents with serious ...

Anxiety

A Call for Help: The Right Voice Can Save Lives

Sometimes a phone call can save a life. Ask Virginia, an Army veteran who once dreamed of becoming a JAG lawyer. Virginia struggled with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts for nearly 15 years. She spoke with therapists, nearly too many to count, but never felt heard or understood. She was discouraged and unsure where to ...

Anxiety

Spring Clean Your Environment

The flowers and trees are blooming and everyone is sneezing. It must be spring. Spring is a season of rebirth and change – and also lots of scrubbing, dusting and washing, otherwise known as spring cleaning. If you are feeling overwhelmed by stacks of who knows what – the stuff clogging your closet, or the ...

Anxiety

Resources for Youth Facing Traumatic Events

Due to a recent school suicide in Indiana, Centerstone wants to make sure the resources to talk to your children and teens about recent traumatic events are readily available. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has dozens of helpful articles to help parents and teachers - use search terms like "tip sheet" or "school violence" in the search field to find links to great articles. https://www.nctsn.org/resources. ...

Anxiety

Living in Uncertain Times: Coping With a New “Normal”

Stress is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. We are living in an uncertain time where stress is common and can be perceived as uncontrollable. It is nearly impossible to go through one day without hearing alarming information on the news about national security concerns, terrorism or disaster. We are reminded often that it ...

Anxiety

National Stop Bullying Day

Every February, the U.S. marks National Stop Bullying Day. While this isn’t a day most of us commemorate each year, National Stop Bullying Day offers an opportunity for us to consider the children in our lives and begin a community-wide conversation about bullying. This is a conversation too few adults are having today, but it ...

Anxiety

Four Steps to Improved Mental Health

One in five Americans has a treatable mental illness, and we all experience stress. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that two-thirds of visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms. Clearly, we must consider our mental health along with physical health and recognize how they impact each other. Mental health is more ...

Anxiety

Six Money Management Tips In Any Economy

With fears of a recession on the rise, managing money has moved to the tops of a lot of people’s minds. Unfortunately, for a lot of families money management can be a challenge for a variety of factors – many of which are beyond their control. That’s why we came up with these six steps ...

Anxiety

How to Eliminate Your ANTs

ANTs: Automatic Negative Thoughts Do you notice ANTs every time you go into your kitchen? Or do you seem to have more ANTs in your car or at the office? I’m not talking about the tiny social insects that tend to show up at every picnic or can be found in your teenager’s bedroom. I ...

Anxiety

How to Change Your Life: The Courage, the Risks and the Rewards

Life can be difficult and uncertain, especially when faced with the prospect of change. Although change is often the key that will positively alter the path of our lives, we shy away from it for fear of leaving behind our comfort zones and entering into the unknown. This fear robs us of our freedom to ...

Anxiety

Overcoming Anxiety

Do you constantly worry? Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful and uncertain situations. It’s your body’s way of telling you to stay alert and protect yourself. But how much anxiety is too much? Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States (about 18% of ...