Category - Mental Health

Insomnia: Give it a rest

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find time for all the important things one must do in a day. Perhaps that’s why so many of those activities are shifting to night — not only cutting into time for sleep but also our ability to do so. According to the National Sleep Foundation, […]

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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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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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Mental Health Month Quiz–How much do you know?!

1 in 4 adults experience mental illness each year. They are your neighbors, friends, colleagues and family members, and they cope silently, afraid they will be labeled as crazy, psycho or dangerous–rather than just another person living with a chronic illness. The stigma of mental illness helps no one. It prevents those who are ill from […]

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Sleep and Mental Health

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The “simplest difficulty” to make your relationships thrive

Mike Hodson, MS, LAMFT Think of a time when you interacted with a significant other who “just didn’t get it.” Throughout time you have developed an expectation for interacting with others, especially in relationships. You expect others to act in a certain way, but remain flexible for when you don’t act a certain way. When […]

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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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Getting Change to Stick

Why is change hard? …because it is made out of metal! Did you roll your eyes? That’s okay. Now that we have the attention grabber out of the way, let’s talk about what this article is really about: the change process (taking steps to make a change). Take a moment to consider your personal history. Have […]

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