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Anxiety

Emotional Eating: Food and your mood

Have you ever had a really dreadful day, and then craved escape in a big bowl of brussels sprouts? No? Our emotions have a huge impact on our food choices – choices that often do not include healthy foods, like vegetables, but comfort foods instead. Chocolate is calming. Ice cream is comforting. And fried chicken ...

Family Matters

Support Sexual Trauma Victims

By the time you finish reading this article, four more Americans will experience sexual assault. The probability that you know someone who has experienced sexual trauma is high. Individuals who are at particularly high risk of sexual assault include children and young adolescents, elderly people — especially those with dementia — as well as individuals ...

Addiction

Three Steps to Fight Addiction

My earliest memory is from age two. My sister and I were using a combine harvester as a jungle gym when I missed the bar and landed hard on my feet. No one noticed anything wrong at first. I was young enough that suddenly wanting to be carried around more didn’t seem odd. It wasn’t ...

Anxiety

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

Stress is a normal reaction to abnormal situations. We are now living in a new day and time in American society – 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, ...

Depression

Coping with Crisis

Tragedies happen in our world every day, and many of these tragedies can affect us deeply. The startling realities we witness through pervasive news reports on television and the internet can cause “secondary trauma.” Secondary trauma is the negative and sometimes debilitating emotional response we experience when affected by the losses of others. Exposure to ...

Family Matters

Maintain Routines During Summer Break

Summer break is in full swing and, for some parents, they’ve started the countdown to their child’s first day of school. Without the routine and structure of going to school, summer break might not feel like a break at all and can present stressful moments for both parent and child. Recent studies have found that ...

Addiction

Opioid Crisis Efforts Continue in Washington

The opioid crisis is certainly at the forefront of our country’s current health agenda. On March 1, President Trump hosted the White House Opioid Summit, an event designed to discuss proposed policies in response to the opioid crisis. The increasing national spotlight on combatting the opioid epidemic is becoming clearer by the week. The continued ...

Addiction

Recovery Is An Option

With nearly 100 deaths a day stemming from opioid use, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death of Americans – beating car crashes, gun accidents and HIV infection. According to STAT, opioids could kill nearly half a million Americans over the next decade, and if that prediction proves accurate, the death toll over the ...

Anxiety

Four Steps to Improved Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month, designed to raise awareness of mental health conditions and to improve wellness for all. One in five Americans has a treatable mental illness, and we all experience stress. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports two-thirds of visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms. Clearly, we must consider ...

Back To School

Three Steps to a Safer Prom

High school students across the United States are getting excited for the 2017 prom and graduation season. All the fun things parents remember about those days still exist: dress shopping, tuxedo rental, flowers, photographs, parties. But there also remains a strong temptation to engage in underage drinking. According to a 2016 poll, alcohol use is ...