How to Talk to Children About Difficult News

How to Talk to Children About Difficult News

How to Talk to Children About Difficult News
Children's lives are touched by trauma on a regular basis, no matter how much parents or teachers try to keep the "bad things" away. Instead of shielding children from the dangers, violence or tragedies around us, adults should talk to...

Teletherapy: A Game Changer for Patients with Agoraphobia

Teletherapy: A Game Changer for Patients with Agoraphobia

Teletherapy is a game changer for agoraphobia – here’s why. Imagine the thought of going out into public causes you so much anxiety that you haven’t left your house for over a year. Incomprehensible to many of us, but for…

Depression at College: Tips for Parents, Friends and Roommates

Depression at College: Tips for Parents, Friends and Roommates

College can be an exciting time, however it does come with significant and abrupt changes to daily life and routine. Some students settle in just fine after an initial adjustment period, while others may struggle with acclimating to their new…

Don’t Let Workplace Stress Ruin Your Labor Day Holiday

Don’t Let Workplace Stress Ruin Your Labor Day Holiday

Originally intended as a day for relaxation and celebration of the American worker, Labor Day today is very different from the first Labor Day in 1882. Back then, a largely industrial and agricultural workforce could disconnect from work on Labor…

Deep Breathing Techniques: An Exercise in Calming and Prayer

Deep Breathing Techniques: An Exercise in Calming and Prayer

When we feel stress and anxiety, two effective ways for bringing relief are breathing and prayer. For centuries, faith traditions have combined these two common, everyday human actions as a means for caring for oneself and getting through tense times….

Anxiety: Hiding in Plain Sight?

Anxiety: Hiding in Plain Sight?

Prescribers have an important role in stemming the opioid epidemic. Pine Rest’s John Budnick, PA-C, reviews warning signs and behaviors that could indicate that your patient may be developing a substance use disorder.

Men’s Health Month: Focusing on Mental Health

Men’s Health Month: Focusing on Mental Health
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...

From Anxiety to Confidence: One Patient’s Story of HOPE!

From Anxiety to Confidence: One Patient’s Story of HOPE!
John*, who was struggling with crippling anxiety, was one of my first patients during my second year of residency rotation in the Loeks Residency Center at Pine Rest. Unfortunately, John and his wife were very limited in what they could...

Strategies for Controlling Your Anger

Strategies for Controlling Your Anger
Wrath, fury, rage — whatever you call it, anger is a powerful emotion. Unfortunately, it’s often an unhelpful one. Anger is a natural human experience, and sometimes there are valid reasons to get mad like feeling hurt by something someone...

Mind/Body Health: Heart Disease

Mind/Body Health: Heart Disease

You might think heart disease is linked only with physical activities — a lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking and excessive drinking. While these habits do heighten the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems, your thoughts, attitudes…