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Behavioral Health Blog

  • Medication Assisted Treatment Program for Opioid Addiction

    Discussions about the opioid crisis are everywhere. You may have heard stories on the news, read articles posted on social media, or had first-hand experience with a friend or loved one. Learn about a program at Deaconess Cross Pointe that helps people addicted to opioids (heroin, prescription pain pills, etc.) and move into recovery.

  • Know Where to Go For Care

    A doctor—and mom—shares her tips for choosing the right care at the right time at the right place.

  • Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

    Your doctors’ appointments are an important and valuable time to connect with your doctor, share your perspective and information, and learn from your doctor’s expertise.  The best appointments happen when patients are very prepared.

  • Fighting Chronic Fatigue

    Chronic fatigue is a condition that causes someone to be extremely tired—to the point that they can’t function in their daily life.  It is also often misunderstood.

  • Major Depressive Disorder: Taking Back Control of Your Life

    Michelle Galen, MD; Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic

    A feeling of sadness that doesn’t seem to go away. Unexplained weight gain or weight loss.  Inability to focus. Fatigued but just can’t sleep.  If this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing major depression episodes caused by a disease called Major Depressive Disorder or MDD.  If you have MDD you’re not alone. Depression affects 15.7 million American adults.  

  • Helping Children Who Are Hurting - Understanding ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences

    Janie Chappell, Manager of Community Services at Deaconess Cross Pointe, and Susan Phelps, Director of Neuroeducation, Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation
    Some of the most significant predictors of adolescent and adult substance abuse, mental illness, learning difficulties and other serious social problems are ACEs—Adverse Childhood Experiences.  

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – More Than the “Winter Blahs”

    Scott Gibson, LMHC, Clinical Supervisor, Outpatient Services, Deaconess Cross Pointe

    If you are one of the millions of Americans who finds themselves “in a funk” through the colder and darker months, you may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

  • How To Help Someone in an Abusive Situation

    Heather Phelps, Therapist, Deaconess Cross Pointe, and Leslie James-Wilhite, Crisis Response Advocate, and Rachel Gumble, Community Engagement Director, Albion Fellow Bacon Center

    Maybe you know someone who you think is in an abusive relationship, but you don’t know how to help her (or him). We want to help you know how to help someone you care about….what to do and say, and what NOT to do and say.

  • Knowing the Signs of Alzheimer’s

    Aziz Mehrzad, MD, Deaconess Primary Care for Seniors

    More than 5 million people in the US suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, and it is currently the 6th leading cause of death in this country—more than prostate and breast cancer combined.  

  • Kids and Stress

    Dr. Pamela Rogers, MD Pediatrics Deaconess Clinic 

    Kids and stress. Growing up can be hard sometimes, and back-to-school is a time of change, growth and yes, stress.  

  • Alternative Treatments for Autism

    Michelle Galen, MD Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic
    Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that affects the brain. It can be characterized by social interaction difficulty, behavioral differences and communication challenges.

  • Drug / Alcohol Addictions and Mental Illness: Co-occurring Disorders

    Donna Lilly, MS, LCSW, LCAC, Chemical Dependency Coordinator, Deaconess Cross Pointe

    Co-occurring disorders are very common and are characterized by a co-existing mental disorder and a chemical dependency/addiction. 

  • Autism: Knowing the Signs and the Importance of Early Intervention

    Sara Dillon, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Certified Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist, Deaconess Riley Children’s Services

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability.  Many people don’t understand autism and the importance of recognizing signs and symptoms in young children so they can get the early help they need.   

  • Alcohol – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Donna Lilly, LCSW, LCAC, SAP, Chemical Dependency Treatment Coordinator, Deaconess Cross Pointe and Lynn Schnautz, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Heart Hospital

    There can be a lot of confusion about alcohol and its effects on your health.  How much alcohol—and what kind—is good for you?

  • Holidays and Stress

    Sarah Kluender, LCSW

    Holidays are supposed to be a great fun time filled with comfort & joy...holly jolly feel good time.  Those dealing with depression or anxiety may not experience it that way.  The holidays can bring on more difficulty for already stressed out people with the expectation to do more and more things when already feeling bad.  

  • Managing Holiday Stress

    Janie Chappell, Deaconess Cross Pointe
    Stress and depression can make your holiday miserable. It’s common, particularly among women who are always feeling that they need to be “everything to everyone.” As a result, we neglect our own emotional and even physical well-being. Here are some tips on how to prevent and deal with stress and depression over the holidays.

  • Alcohol and Seniors

    Dr. Errin Weisman,  Family Medicine

    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. 

  • Understanding ADHD

    Pam Pepper, MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist with Deaconess Cross Pointe

    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. 

  • What You Need to Know About Heroin

    Donna Lilly, Chemical Dependency Coordinator at Deaconess Cross Pointe

    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.

  • Keeping Your Teen Healthy

    Lauren Veazey, MD, Family Practice Physician
    Calling all (frazzled, busy) parents of teenagers! This article is about keeping your teenagers healthy.  You can get so busy keeping up with your teen’s social/academic/extracurricular lives that it’s easy to forget about keeping them healthy! 

  • What you need to know about Prescription Drug Abuse

    Donna Lilly, LCSW, Chemical Dependency Coordinator with Deaconess Cross Pointe

    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?

  • When You're Feeling More Than "Blue"

    Phil Wuertz, MS, LCSW, LMFT, Deaconess Clinic Behavioral Health​

    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.

  • Suicide Part II: Addressing Warning Signs

    Jeanne Kirk, Deaconess Cross Pointe

    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.

  • Suicide Part 1: Recognizing Warning Signs

    Jeanne Kirk, Deaconess Cross Pointe

    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.  

  • Reducing Anxiety About Anxiety

    Janie Chappell, RN, MSN, Deaconess Cross Pointe

    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.

  • How to Stop Stressing About Stress

    Janie Chappell, RN, MSN, Deaconess Cross Pointe
    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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