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SBB University Mental Health Series | DEPRESSION, SUICIDE AND THE HOLIDAY SEASON

SBB University Mental Health Series presents: Depression, Suicide and the Holiday Season. Today's speaker is Cassandra Cote', RN with WellBridge Hospital Greater Dallas/Kindred Behavioral Health. The video of this presentation may be watched at the bottom of this article. Cassandra reviews some of the...

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Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction?

It happens every day – people go to the doctor and obtain a prescription for medication to treat a physical problem. Most people take their medication exactly as directed for the time prescribed and stop without any problems. Some people, however, are attracted to the psychoactive properties of certain...

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The Proposition for the Second Half of Our Lives

“Today YOU are YOU.  That is truer then true.  There is no one alive, who is YOUER then YOU.” Dr.  Seuss, the wisest person ever, gave us permission to take care of us.  It is vital to ensure YOU are ok and your life is going in the direction YOU want it to be going in. According to Erik Ericson,...

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Reflections of Happiness

- by Kelly Smith Papa, RN, MSN, Corporate Director of Learning for Masonicare In almost twenty years of working in aging services, my favorite moments have always been learning what brings happiness to the seniors I am entrusted to care for. If you google the definition of happiness, 25 million results...

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The Power of Your Words

Words, you see them on paper, you hear them used by family, friends, and foe.  But what do they mean?  Well they mean whatever YOU believe they mean.  WHAT?  Yes, you give the meaning to words which is what causes much confusion and conflict.  Let me give you an example:  You have a definition that...

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What Are You Doing For Your Stress?

Oh we’ve all heard it, STRESS can kill. It can also create or contribute to health concerns everything from high blood pressure, digestive issues, migraines, skin irritations, depression, weight, sleep disorders, food and environmental allergies, and much more.  Some stress can be good stress: weddings,...

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Alzheimer’s Awareness: Are You Aware?

Not as many people are aware, but every one of us is impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Maybe the disease affects somebody we know - we’re all just a few degrees of separation away from someone suffering from the disease. We are all indirectly paying the bill as Alzheimer’s will cost our government...

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What is a Senior Behavioral Health Unit?

A Senior Behavioral Health is a psychiatric unit designed specifically in mind for the geriatric population. It addresses common mental health issues facing the elderly such as: depression, grief, anxiety, dementia related issues, and other mental health diagnoses. The age requirement on most units is...

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Dealing with Depression

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 or older are affected by depression. While some adults with depression may have been managing the disease for a number of years, others experience depression for the first time later in life. Symptoms of depression...

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Griatric Depression

Depression is a devastating disease and is projected to be the leading cause of disability by the year 2020.  It affects up to 14 million individuals. With our growing geriatric population that is expected to double in the next 30 years, geriatric depression is an illness that needs to be recognized....

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Memory Loss: My Parent is Forgetful – Is it Serious?

Caregivers wonder about signs indicating a loved one may have Alzheimer’s or dementia. Is simple forgetfulness an indicator? Is the type of forgetfulness a factor? How complicated is memory loss to diagnose? How might I notice true forgetfulness in a loved one? Isn’t becoming forgetful as we age normal?...

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Conflict & Family Caregivers – What You Need to Know

Conflict is a normal, natural part of everyone’s life. Factors that can exacerbate conflict include the well-known things to avoid in polite conversation: religion, politics and money. For families, these big three topics quickly trigger emotions that can be difficult to defuse and when things go awry...

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Understanding PTSD in Seniors

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops in approximately 1 in 3 people who go through serious trauma. This can include anything from the death of a loved one, military combat, car accidents, illness or injury, natural disasters, a disease diagnosis or other events that may have significant physical...

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Your Brain and Hearing Loss

Hearing loss – the subject can invoke a wide spectrum of reactions. From “selective hearing” jokes to a real burden on relationships, working in the Hearing Healthcare field exposes you to them all. But how serious is hearing loss and how important is the need to treat it? There is more and more research...

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Valley-Wide Health Systems – Looking Back, Moving Forward

We aim to keep our communities healthy and provide family medicine services at clinics across the San Luis Valley, Arkansas Valley, and Cañon City. Primary Care Services Our clinics provide services for all, treating both acute and chronic conditions. Dental Services Spread across eight clinics...

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Why Would You Want to Learn to Tap?

Traumas and events can create illness.  How can that be? When we become distressed we can constrict good blood flow, we may choose to lie in bed, not eat nutritionally and the end result is poor health mentally as well as physically. What can we do about it?  In the last edition I mentioned some...

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Elderly Depression

  Depression in the elderly is common, but that does not mean it’s a normal part of aging. Seniors are expected to slow down, so the signs of depression may get missed, delaying effective treatment and forcing many to struggle unnecessarily for years. Understanding Depression There are...

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