Category - Depression

Infographic shows five signs your loved one is depressed

One in five people live with a mental health condition, depression being among the most common. But depression doesn’t look the same among those it touches. One person may cry frequently while another will be irritable. If you’re wondering whether your loved one is depressed, understanding these five signs can help.

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Living with a depressed spouse

by Kip Zirkel, Ph.D., Family & Children’s Center Supervising Psychologist When you find a married person who is depressed, chances are pretty good you’ll also find an unhappy marriage. According to a study at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a spouse’s level of depression is a good indication of marital satisfaction, and the burden of […]

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Depression when growing older is not uncommon…nor is it untreatable

It’s surprising that so many people refer to our older years as our golden ones. Growing older can be difficult. We tend to experience more illness and less stamina. Plus, our 50s, 60s and beyond tend to be full of big life changes. We or our spouses may retire, we may become empty nesters or […]

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13 Reasons Why discussion guide offers help for parents

When “13 Reasons Why” aired its first season last year, teens watched—so much so that season two is now running. The show deals with heavy topics of teen depression and suicide and how others’ actions may contribute. If teens want to watch the show (other children are probably too young), parents should watch with them […]

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Your Child’s Mental Health: Five Questions to Ask Yourself

by Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, LPC, SAC-IT, Professional Counselor What were you thinking? Why do you keep doing that? These are questions you have probably asked your children out of frustration. Their behavior is sometimes difficult to understand because, unlike adults, children are not as good at regulating their emotions. Whatever the case, it can […]

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Start the Conversations to Change the Way Mental Health is Viewed: Mental Health Awareness Month

Kathy Rohr, Director of Adult Programs, Wisconsin During the month of May, people and organizations across the country are bringing awareness to mental health. As one of the primary providers of mental health services in our area, Family & Children’s Center wants to recognize this month and share some thoughts on how we can all work […]

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13 Reasons Why Not

Ryan Knutson, MS, CSAC, LPC-IT, Professional Counselor                                                There has been a lot of hype in the media surrounding the recent Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. The hype comes from the fact that the series revolves around a very delicate topic. That topic is suicide—more specifically, teenage suicide. Rather than go into detail about points from […]

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Sleep and Mental Health

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Depression or the Blues

This time of year, it’s not uncommon for people to feel sluggish, unmotivated and even feeling dissatisfied with life. Some may rightfully shrug it off as a case of winter blues, but for others, those feelings may indicate they are suffering from depression. Differentiating between the blues and depression can be tricky. While symptoms of […]

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Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month

Theresa Helgeson, MSW, Community Support Program September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.  Every 40 seconds someone in the United States dies by suicide. Every day 117 lives are lost making suicide the 10th leading cause of death in our country.  The impact cannot be truly assessed.  Families, friends, classmates, co-workers, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, […]

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