Behavioral Health

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  • Alcohol and Seniors

    When does drinking become a problem? The aging population is not immune to alcohol abuse.  For men and women 65 years of age or older, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse considers one drink per day to be the maximum amount for “moderate” alcohol use. 

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  • Understanding ADHD

    ADHD is a common condition, but is often misunderstood. Currently, it’s believed 9% of children ages 3-17 and 2-4% of adults have ADHD. 

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  • What You Need to Know About Heroin

    Heroin use is on the rise in our area and many towns across the United States because heroin is a cheaper alternative for people who are addicted to or are abusing prescription painkillers. These painkillers are becoming harder to get, and are therefore becoming very expensive if obtained illegally.

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  • When You're Feeling More Than "Blue"

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a specific kind of depression that affects people seasonally. The vast majority are those who are affected during the colder/darker months. For reasons that aren't fully understood, some people develop depression that is considered to be related to less sunlight.

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  • What you need to know about Prescription Drug Abuse

    Did you know that more people abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined?  In the U.S., one in 20 people have used prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons. 
    So how does a prescription drug abuse problem start?

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  • Suicide Part II: Addressing Warning Signs

    In part one, I discussed some of the warning signs that someone may be considering suicide.  Now that you know warning signs, what should you do if you realize someone you care about is exhibiting them?
    Believe it or not, the single best thing you can do is ASK THEM about it; however, there are good and bad ways to do this.

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  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    Learn the top 10 things you can do to prevent child abuse.

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  • Suicide Part 1: Recognizing Warning Signs

    Suicide is a leading cause of death in American teenagers, and the rate of suicide in middle aged adults has gone up more than 30% in the past decade.  Everyone should be aware of the warning signs of suicide, and what you can do if you’re worried about someone you love.  Most people give a sign or signal of some type—the key is to recognize it.  

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  • Reducing Anxiety About Anxiety

    Affecting nearly one-in-five adults at some level, anxiety disorders are common and can be debilitating. Anxiety disorders can range from mild to severe to full panic.  Some people don’t realize they have an anxiety disorder until they end up in an emergency room thinking they’re having a heart attack, when they’re actually having a panic/anxiety attack.

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  • How to Stop Stressing About Stress

    We all need some stress to keep us going and motivate us in life, or we won't get anything done! Stress is what makes us get up and perform at work, get the motivation and focus to study for a test, to prepare for a presentation, etc.

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Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression is moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. It may occur soon after delivery or up to a year later. Read these simples ways to identify, treat, and prevent postpartum depression from effecting new motherhood. 
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