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Monday, December 22, 2014
Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
As the ball in Times Square counts down the seconds to the New Year, many of us will resolve to do things differently…lose weight, drink less alcohol, quit drinking caffeine, exercise more, spend less money, spend more time with family, or start a savings account. We will set lofty goals around living differently in the coming year. Yet, even as we make resolutions, a nagging awareness we may not be successful will lurk in the dark recesses of our mind. So, what...
Monday, December 22, 2014
Bring Yourself to Work
Creating Meaning and Motivation in Your Organization’s Culture By Bob VandePol Each year, the holidays trigger within me a time of personal reflective soul-searching…. a time to ask myself the questions tied to my purpose in life, values, life principles, and “what do I want to be when I grow up?” In the past, I have challenged myself to draft a personal mission statement based upon the answers to those questions. Personally and professionally, I am...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Despite the peaceful, inspirational, or life giving meaning the Christmas season is intended to impart. Christmas and the holiday season is often a hard time for many people. Why is Christmas a rough time of year, and often filled with sadness, frustration, anxiety, and even depression for many people? Christmas can be rough because it reminds us of the loss of a loved one. The Holiday Season becomes frustrating because we can’t recapture the memories of the...
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Embracing Reality Improves Holiday Experience
For some, the holidays trigger excitement and anticipation while others experience low-level dread, anxiety , or depression . No matter how much these individuals attempt to make the holidays positive, often sadness and disappointment persists. While many factors contribute to this, a common thread exists within multiple circumstances and, when addressed, can help create a more positive holiday experience. Problem: Unrealistic Expectations For children, the holidays are...
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Taking care of Postpartum Fathers, Partners, and Children
By Nancy Roberts RN, CCE, CBC Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD) can affect the entire family. Without effective interventions, the impacts can be lasting. However, in most cases, with proper treatment and support, a woman and her family can fully recover. Here are some suggestions that can help. Tips for Fathers and/or Partners Ask for help, information and support for yourself. Develop a supportive circle for your family. Say yes when others offer to help. Be kind to...
Monday, November 24, 2014
When Grief Doesn’t Seem to End:
Understanding the Difference Between Grief, Depression and Anxiety Following Miscarriage and Infant Loss By Heidi Warner, PhD Losing a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth is an experience parents have little preparation for. The grief that follows is uncharted territory. Parents can feel blindsided as the hopes and dreams they had for their baby vanish even before there is a dirty diaper to change. The rituals of funerals and memorial services which help us heal and honor other...
Friday, September 26, 2014
Anger: Friend or Foe?
By Jean Holthaus, LISW Living in the central United States generally means living in a culture which places a high value on “nice.” Overall, this isn’t a bad thing—we help our neighbors, treat one another kindly, and work to follow the Golden Rule. However, our capacity to be “nice” is limited and when our anger is triggered, we sometimes feel and behave like The Incredible Hulk. We view anger as an unsavory emotion to be avoided as much as possible...
Monday, September 15, 2014
Celebrating Recovery in September
By Jude Vereyken, LMSW, CAADC National Recovery Month is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Sponsored by SAMHSA, Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. This year’s theme, “ Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out ,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the...
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Truth About Pain
By Karen Cleveland, PhD Suicide is tragic. The recent death of beloved actor and comedian, Robin Williams, reminded us of that fact. Crisis is often a catalyst for both awareness and action. When depression sets in for you or a loved one, here are some truths and some action steps to keep in mind. Everyone hurts. Unfortunately pain is a part of life, but you are not alone. Others have been there before, some are there with you now, and many will come behind you. There is strength...
Monday, August 25, 2014
The Blessings of Grandparents
By Heidi Vermeer-Quist , PsyD Grandparents are wonderful! If you are a grandparent, don’t underestimate the impact you have on your grandkids. If you still have your grandparents around, take time to listen and learn from them. They love you more than words can express, and they have a lot of wisdom to share. Just recently, I said good-bye to my last surviving grandparent. My grandma Matilda was (and still is) a saint! She always had time for us. My grandmother played with us,...
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The Many Gifts from Robin Williams
By Jude Vereyken, LMSW, CAADC The death of Robin Williams this week has touched our hearts in so many ways. His brilliant comedic style made us laugh so hard and often that we will never forget. He was also courageously open with us about his human fragility, addiction and mental illness. In the end, the only way he could let us all see the enormity of his pain and suffering, however, was by ending his own life. We all wear masks . Some of us use humor, some...
Friday, August 01, 2014
Make Sure to Use Your Vacation Days
By Alan Harper, MA Many of us like to save our vacation days. We enjoy the feeling of always having a large “bank” of vacation days available to us. We use our days sparingly so we know they’re always there if we need them. It’s a good feeling having those days available to us, similar to having a large savings account at the bank. Maybe it feels secure. Maybe it feels like the responsible thing to do. But, is it always...
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Managing Back-to-school Anxiety
By Jean Holthaus, LISW August is right around the corner bringing with it the inevitabilities… going to school for the first time, going back to school, going to new schools, sending kids to college, becoming empty nesters, preparing for winter, etc. August and change seem inextricably linked just like change is inextricably linked to fear for most of us. Treating fear like a fever Frustrating as it can be, our bodies are designed to instinctively respond to change with some level...
Monday, June 30, 2014
Practice Does in Fact Matter!
By Jude Vereyken, LMSW, CAADC It is hard work to make intentional changes in our lives. I’ve watched the members of my first Practice Matters! group challenged with the notion of practice. Some have had a struggle getting to group each week. Some have worked faithfully on their practice intention goals. Some are learning how to make intentional practice happen routinely in their lives. Each member has courageously accepted the challenge and is working at her/his own pace. I...
Friday, June 27, 2014
“This isn’t about my baby.”
By Kerrie Van Weelden, LMSW I recently had a mother say to me, “I have always felt close to my baby, but I don’t feel like myself. I am on edge all the time.” Another woman told us, “The doctor kept asking me, ‘Do you have thoughts about hurting your baby or yourself?’ and I kept telling him that I am not like that!” This mom was offended that thoughts about harming her baby or herself seemed to be the only question she was being asked. “It...
Monday, June 23, 2014
Men’s Health Month: Focusing on Mental Health
By Steven Runner, PsyD Men’s Health Month is celebrated every June to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among boys and men. Often overlooked is men’s mental and emotional health, an area that can take a significant toll on the lives of men when left unattended. It’s estimated that one in four U.S. adults had a mental health disorder in the past year. Depression and anxiety...
Thursday, May 29, 2014
May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month
Did you know that May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month in the state of Michigan? May, 2014 has been proclaimed Postpartum Depression Awareness Month by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. For the third year in a row, Michigan law makers have officially proclaimed the month of May, Postpartum Depression Awareness Month for the entire state. For many women and their families, pregnancy and the birth of a child are times of excitement and joy–that’s what most of us envision...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Recognizing signs of abuse in children and what you can do about it
By Vanessa Hogarth, LMSW Abuse toward children can take on many forms within the physical, sexual and emotional realms. Preceding abuse is often neglect, potentially identifying the signs can be a challenge indeed, and knowing what to do with that information when learned can be even harder. Here are some key signs that might indicate abuse or neglect is happening, however, assessing the situation for legitimacy and severity can be complex and should be left to a professional. What are...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Summer Parenting Tips
By Jean Holthaus, LISW I loved summer as a child and spent hours playing with siblings, reading, riding bike, and learning to sew and cook. It was wonderful! However, as a working parent with two children, summer could often feel overwhelming. I love my children but an entire summer of being responsible for them twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week seemed…well, daunting to say the least. I suspect many parents face June, July, and August with the same sense of fear and...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Thank You, Mom! Thank You, Dad!
By Jude Vereyken, LMSW, CAADC Since my dad’s death in fall 2013, I have found myself reflecting on many things in very different sorts of ways. My grief work has been full of reflections into special memories, not only of my dad, but also times and people who were in my life at various points. This has been one of the many gifts grief has brought to me. And yes, I say gifts because so much good seems to be spilling out of my loss—it is truly amazing. My grief has...
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
What Do You See in the Mirror?
By Jean Holthaus, LISW Mirrors are everywhere and each one provides the opportunity for self-affirmation or self-criticism. Most men and women see their bodies as a compilation of unacceptable features. As women pass a mirror they to see big thighs, jiggling arms, protruding stomachs, and the wrong size breasts. Increasingly men are joining the ranks of those who negatively critique their bodies. While women want to be smaller, American men believe their body should have twenty to thirty...
Monday, April 28, 2014
May Highlights the Importance of Mental Health
By Mark Eastburg, PhD By now you’ve probably heard many times “well, it looks like spring is finally here.” Yes, it was an extreme winter here in West Michigan. Certainly our roofs and roads took a beating. Some people thrive in winter. But many of us who lived through it feel exhausted emotionally by the constant cold and seemingly never ending snow. So it’s timely, especially this year, that May is National Mental Health Month. Just as a missed...
Friday, April 25, 2014
Remembering with God, You're Never Alone in Your Grief
by Heidi Vermeer-Quist, PsyD Remembering is a necessary and important step to good grief. People often avoid remembering because they don’t want recount past painful events. They don’t want to re-experience all of that pain again. Or they may remember and find themselves stuck back in anger and depressed stages of their grief. In his book, Finding Our Way Home, Dr. Mark McMinn encourages people to engage in “Incarnational Remembering.” Or, quite simply,...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Talking to Children about Violence
Tragic events can leave children feeling insecure and unsure of their world. Children crave security — knowing they are safe and loved.Their developing brains depend on this need being met in order to grow into healthy well-adjusted adults. Adults’ reactions to shootings, stabbings and other violent acts affect the children around them. It is important to decide how you want to discuss the events with your children. We can often, without realizing, pass on our own fears to our...
Monday, March 24, 2014
Pine Rest Strengthens Its Autism Spectrum Disorder Program
By Tim Zwart, EdD The number of children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased over the past decade to as many as one in 100 children. Autism is a neurodevelopmetal disorder characterized, by varying degrees of difficulties in communication (verbal and nonverbal), social interaction, and repetitive behaviors. ASD can also be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination, attention and physical health issues. ...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Practice Matters! Expanding Your Toolbox
By Jude Vereyken, LMSW, CAADC Many years ago I attended a training to learn about (what was then a new form of therapy) called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT as it is commonly referred to. In my estimation the therapy program teaches some incredibly wonderful life skills that can be useful for us all. DBT was initially created to help people who struggle with a personality disorder that impacted their ability to regulate emotions resulting in suicidal behaviors and...
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
On the road again…snowy and icy that is!
by Jude Vereyken, LMSW, CAADC This West Michigan winter of ours just keeps on going much like the Energizer bunny. I, however, don’t seem to have as much spirit and patience for it lately. How about you? I noticed being more irritated recently with all the bulky and heavy garb that I had to put on that made it difficult to move, but for which I was grateful in the same breath as it kept me toasty warm. Then there are the roads to contend with;...
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
“Love is Patient, Love is Kind.”
by Jude Vereyken, LMSW, CAADC Over the years, I’ve repeatedly returned to this bible passage (1 Corinthians 13:4) as it speaks to me. It was read at my wedding ceremony because it spoke to both my husband and me. In this month of Valentines’ Day, it is speaking to me once again—this time, however, not only about love shared with another human being but about love of myself. Every morning for several years, I’ve read this passage as a part of my...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
You Complete Me
by Heidi Vermeer-Quist, PsyD If you grew up during the 1990’s, you might recall one of the “hottest” romantic movies of that era— Jerry Maguire. For those of us who’ve seen the movie, who can forget the cheesy, lovey-dovey line delivered by none other than Tom Cruise? During what may be the movie’s most memorable scene, Tom Cruise enters, looks intently at Rene Zellweger, and dramatically professes his love by proclaiming, “You complete...
Friday, February 07, 2014
New service to treat depression is now available at Pine Rest
By Donna Ecklesdafer, MSN, RN Christian Mental Health Services recently started a new service: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008 as a treatment for depression; so it is relatively new. TMS is a procedure that delivers magnetic pulses to a specific area in the brain, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, an area involved in depression. The magnetic pulses stimulate nerve cells which can lead to improved...
Monday, January 27, 2014
Do you Remember What Charlie Brown Always Had To Say?
By Jude Vereyken, LMSW It is hard to imagine that anything good can possibly come from having to grieve the loss of someone you love, but I am learning from my own experience that in fact much good is resulting through it. My father died this past October very unexpectedly. Several years ago, as my parents grew older, I began to consider the ugly fact that their time here on earth was growing more limited. Those thoughts often provoked fear and uncertainty about what it would be like...
Monday, January 06, 2014
Sticking to it! Seven Tips on Keeping Your Resolutions This Year
by Kellin O’Rourke The turkeys were stuffed…and, in turn, our bellies were too. Visions of sugar plums danced in our heads…and then straight into our mouths! Now the time has come for us to revive our lives and revitalize our health. The New Year is here and may it bring with it blessing, joy, and resolution success! Better than 60% of individuals stick to their resolutions for more than two months, so the chances of you doing the same are...
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
11 Mental Health Resolutions for 2014
Have you thought about making any mental health resolutions this year? Simple changes can have a big impact on our physical health, relationships, overall happiness and ability to cope with what life throws at us. Below are suggestions from some of Pine Rest’s staff to consider adding to your list. Practice gratitude . “The ability to cultivate gratitude is linked with all sorts of emotional, relational, and spiritual benefits. According to research,...
Monday, November 25, 2013
by Heidi Vermeer-Quist, PsyD While we are preparing for Christmas, what comes to mind when I mention “good grief”? You may think more of Charlie Brown and his Christmas special than to a discussion dealing with grief and loss (remember, he says “good grief” quite frequently). Speaking of Charlie Brown, that cartoon kid was almost perpetually stuck in grief. Grief often involves the stages of Shock, Denial, Anger,...
Monday, November 11, 2013
Ten Tips to Surviving and Conquering the Holidays
by Kellin O’Rourke The holiday season should be a time of joy and celebration with loved ones, but for many people it can be a time of stress, loneliness, fatigue, and unrealistic expectations. In an effort to pull off a perfect holiday, we find ourselves navigating through crowded streets and malls, spending more than we anticipate, and refereeing family gatherings. We become overwhelmed with the increased demands of shopping, baking, decorating, and parties, so you...
Monday, November 04, 2013
The Importance of Forgiveness
By Cal Meuzelaar, LISW Why should we forgive? Because not forgiving makes us prisoners. Bitterness, rage and anger make us captive to lives of misery. We’re only hurting ourselves. Forgiving frees us from these chains. Just as we have been forgiven, we are blessed when we forgive others. How do we forgive? First we make the very difficult decision to forgive. We don’t deny that we’ve been hurt and wronged, but we decide we no longer want to be...
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The KISS Approach to Marriage
by Heidi Vermeer-Quist, PsyD When conflicts arise, making a marriage work can seem incredibly difficult…even impossible. Though emotions become intense, heated, sad, fearful, or even avoidant, don’t despair. These are all clues that you and your spouse really care! If you didn’t care, there would be very little emotion. Many couples, however, don’t know how to work through those emotions...
Monday, October 07, 2013
Words Really Do Have Power
by Melissa Vander Laan, CTRS When was the last time you looked into the mirror and thought, “WOW! I am good lookin’!?” If you just chuckled and thought to yourself, how about never, then perhaps it’s time to talk about the power of self-talk. The thoughts and comments you say to yourself, either out loud or quietly in your mind, really do matter. What you say to yourself is true for you whether it is rooted in reality or...
Monday, September 23, 2013
Care For Yourself Through Me Time
By: Melissa Vander Laan, CTRS “Me Time? What!? Are you kidding? Who has time for that with a three-year-old needing me every other second and a newborn baby who is interested in nursing most of the day?” Me Time is something that is not only important for your physical health, but also for the health of your significant relationships, mental health and self-esteem. Being a mom is a full time PLUS job. It requires...