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Behavioral Health

How can you tell whether a mental health issue is normal or not? It's tricky. The line between normal and abnormal mental health is often blurred. Still, it's helpful to consider your feelings, thoughts and behavior in relation to cultural norms and other benchmarks. Mental health includes issues such as self-esteem, relationships and resilience. If you're struggling with self-esteem, denial or other mental health issues, remember that we are here to help.

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Fostering resiliency in kids

Life happens, even for kids: bullying, school problems, hunger, problems at home, illness, divorce and the list goes on. Stress can affect children the same way it affects adults, so what can we do to help those kids in need of a little support?

Anita Vlcek, L.P.C. By Anita Vlcek March 27, 2018

Establishing healthy behaviors that stick

Living healthy is an excellent goal to aim for. Research and medical studies often promote the mental and physical benefits of a healthy lifestyle. So why do we still break our healthy promises when we know staying healthy helps us feel better?

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty March 14, 2018

Embrace a healthy mindset for eating — no matter the occasion

Holidays can be particularly difficult, but adopting a healthy eating mindset is important throughout the entire year. Read on for tips on how to improve your approach to balanced, mindful nutrition.

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty January 30, 2018

What's your family's "digital diet" plan for 2018?

The average teenager spends approximately nine hours per day looking at a screen, while younger children often spend up to six hours a day engaging with a screen. Technology has changed the way we live, interact and communicate — all of which has significant health consequences.

Adam Anderson Ph.D. By Adam Anderson January 23, 2018

Awareness and intervention help with suicide prevention

Suicide is a serious problem. Suicide is a human problem and affects people in all walks of life, culture and socioeconomic status. It’s the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 10-34 and the fourth leading cause of death for those ages 35-54. Suicide is preventable. Most people want to live — they’re simply unable to see alternative solutions and feel stuck.

Jessie Wolf LICSW By Jessie Wolf January 16, 2018

Gratitude creates gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving Day as I write about gratitude — a fitting day. For me, gratitude and being present in the moment has often been a saving grace when my head wants to travel to a place that will likely prove to cause unease.

Dana Stewart, L.C.S.W. By Dana Stewart December 26, 2017

6 misconceptions about bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is an available treatment for severe obesity that consistently achieves and maintains substantial weight loss, and improves health and quality of life. Let’s review some misconceptions.

November 16, 2017

How you can enjoy the empty nest

Sending children off to college or into the real world is usually a proud time for parents. But there also can be sadness, especially when it's the last child to leave home.

Jessica Sosso MD By Jessica Sosso October 31, 2017

Tips to help ease anxiety

Anxiety is often described as sustained and excessive worry that a person cannot control and is many times related to the anticipation of a future threat. Most everyone has had anxiety surrounding a stressful situation. However, anxiety becomes an obstacle for a happy, healthy life when it impacts our day-to-day lives.

Jill Christensen NP By Jill Christensen October 3, 2017

The W-Curve theory: What you should know to help your college freshman

Freshman year of college is known for being full of new experiences, but it also presents a variety of challenges. The W-Curve is an emotional pattern that most incoming students find themselves falling into throughout their first year in college.

September 6, 2017

Tips to keep stress from hurting your heart

We all react to stress differently. How we experience and react to that stress has the potential to lead to health issues. Periods of excessive stress have been linked to problems that increase heart disease risk, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating.

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty July 25, 2017

A new me: Teacher becomes student

It’s sometimes said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. That was the case for Aaron Grimm, a teacher who had noticed some changes in one of his colleagues.

July 4, 2017