More “Me Time” Helps Keep Your Mom Battery Charged

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 who is interested in nursing most of the day?”  …

Reconnecting in the Storm: Tips for Celebrating this Thanksgiving

According to an ABC News survey, 45% of Americans expect a side of political conversation with their turkey this Thanksgiving; 52% said the idea was somewhat or very stressful. Whether Democrat or Republican, during our last election cycle you have…

Dementia: Not Just a Disease of Old Age

  We tend to think of dementia as a problem of older adulthood. But sometimes dementia strikes in middle age. When it does, it can have devastating effects on individuals, families and the workplace. If you have read the book…

Living Well with Dementia: How Psychologists Can Help

Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of aging. Dementia is a syndrome caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affect memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities.1 Alzheimer’s disease is the…

Teach Me How to Fail

By Cassie Westrate, West Michigan Woman Magazine I walked across the stage at my high school graduation with a GPA over 4.0. Two years later, I’d sit in my professor’s office with a B+ on an essay and tell her:…

Accepting the Unacceptable

The other day a friend told me about a loved one who just received a cancer diagnosis and will require chemotherapy, radiation and a life altering surgery. He’s seriously considering not treating the cancer at all. My friend is very,…

Overcoming Depression: How Psychologists Help with Depressive Disorders

Everyone experiences sadness at times. But depression is something more. Depression is extreme sadness or despair that lasts more than days. It interferes with the activities of daily life and can even cause physical pain. Fortunately, depression is highly treatable….

Pine Rest Adds A New Service — PAX Crisis Response

Pax Crisis Response has been added as a new and unique service at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Pax specializes in the delivery of psychological and spiritual first aid to organizations. It delivers training, consultation and service via telephonic,…