From a Therapist

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Submitted by Jamie Taylor
on Dec 9 2014

Define stress: According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stress is defined as the brain’s response to a demand.

Our Body’s Response to Stress: Each individual responds to stress differently. Some common responses include: digestive issues, headaches, feelings of sadness, feeling lethargic, irritability and difficulty sleeping.

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Submitted by Pam Helms
on Oct 16 2014

It is fall, what a glorious season filled with beautiful weather, bright colored leaves and outdoor activities.  But what if you are not enjoying this time of year.  What if you feel tired, depressed, irritable, poor sleep and have a decreased activity level.  Could be you are suffering from the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder).  Sad occurs in 1 to 10% of the adult population, affecting more women than men and the average age of onset is 23 years of age.

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Submitted by Pam Helms
on Sep 1 2014

It has been my experience in counseling couples that the problems they incur are less about in-laws, money, or sex and more about poor communication and the expectations they expect of the other person.  When couples come in for therapy I hear a lot of “I do not understand why she does not do things like I do, my way is the right way”.  “ Why can’t he know what my needs are without me having to tell him all the time?”  Oh, if people would only do what we want them too then everyone would be happy, right?

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Submitted by Tammy Thieme
on May 1 2014

Have you ever noticed that the word stressed spelled backwards spells dessert?  Think of the last time you had a really good dessert.  You slowed down, savored the flavor and enjoyed it. 

In recognition of Mental Health Month, I am encouraging you to add a little dessert to your day as an effort to reduce stress.  Not the high caloric type but the type that adds positive life skills to your every day life.

Here are some examples of what you can do:

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Submitted by Mike Lau
on Nov 10 2013

Watch Healthy Living: How Our Lifestyles Impact Our Behavior Webinar

What comes to mind when you think of taking risks with your health – driving recklessly, or maybe abusing alcohol or illegal drugs? Those behaviors are very risky but many people have less dramatic behaviors that are just as dangerous in the long run. Tobacco use, unbalanced nutrition and a lack of physical activity are some of the key risk factors for the most common causes of death.

The top 10 causes of death include:

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