Teen Behavior: Normal Moodiness or a Warning Sign?

Teen Behavior: Normal Moodiness or a Warning Sign?

Teen Behavior: Normal Moodiness or a Warning Sign?

The typical teen is described as moody, tired, irritable, withdrawn and angry. Research shows 11% of teens have a diagnosable depressive disorder and only one in five gets help. So, how can parents tell when their teen is experiencing normal…

Coping with a Diagnosis of Chronic Illness

Coping with a Diagnosis of Chronic Illness
Being diagnosed with a chronic illness such as diabetes, cancer or arthritis can come as a blow. It's normal to experience a range of emotions in the wake of such a diagnosis. However, you can learn to manage these feelings...

Men’s Health Month: Focusing on Mental Health

Men’s Health Month: Focusing on Mental Health
Men’s Health Month is celebrated every June to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among boys and men. Often overlooked is men’s mental and emotional health, an area that can take...

Strategies for Controlling Your Anger

Strategies for Controlling Your Anger
Wrath, fury, rage — whatever you call it, anger is a powerful emotion. Unfortunately, it’s often an unhelpful one. Anger is a natural human experience, and sometimes there are valid reasons to get mad like feeling hurt by something someone...

Depression in the Workplace: What We Can Do

Depression in the Workplace: What We Can Do
By Bob VandePol, MSW Although you might not know it, depression touches everyone in the workplace. Affecting nearly one in ten adults each year, depression is one of the top reasons for lost productivity, sick days taken and disability leave....

Mind/Body Health: Heart Disease

Mind/Body Health: Heart Disease

You might think heart disease is linked only with physical activities — a lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking and excessive drinking. While these habits do heighten the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems, your thoughts, attitudes…

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Facing a loss this holiday season? This might be a good time to think about resizing your Christmas expectations while grieving. Several years ago I met with a patient to discuss ways she could cope with the holiday season after…

Tips for Managing Depression During the Holidays

Tips for Managing Depression During the Holidays

The holiday season can be emotionally taxing for everyone. However, it is often particularly miserable if you are struggling with depression. You know you should be excited to spend time with family and should be enjoying all the preparatory events….

Anxiety and Depression: Your Cope Ahead Plan for the Holidays

Anxiety and Depression: Your Cope Ahead Plan for the Holidays
What do you get when you struggle with anxiety and/or depression and combine lots of family time, a little too much entertaining and a dozen Christmas cookies? The opportunity to make a Christmas Cope Ahead plan to help you take...

How to Count Your Blessings When You Have Depression

How to Count Your Blessings When You Have Depression

“What if I just don’t have any blessings to count this holiday season?” For most of us, Thanksgiving and the holiday season that follows represents an opportunity to count our blessings and have an attitude of gratitude. But for people…