Depression at College: Tips for Parents, Friends and Roommates

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…

Overcoming Depression: How Psychologists Help with Depressive Disorders

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….

Could My Teen Have Depression?

Could My Teen Have Depression?

A certain amount of moodiness and acting out is normal for teens, so I’m often asked how to know if a teen is struggling with depression. We usually think of sadness as the main symptom, but depressed teens may act…

Teen Behavior: Normal Moodiness or a Warning Sign?

Teen Behavior: Normal Moodiness or a Warning Sign?

The typical teen is described as moody, tired, irritable, withdrawn and angry. Research shows 11% of teens have a diagnosable depressive disorder and only one in five gets help. So, how can parents tell when their teen is experiencing normal…

Coping with a Diagnosis of Chronic Illness

Coping with a Diagnosis of Chronic Illness
Being diagnosed with a chronic illness such as diabetes, cancer or arthritis can come as a blow. It's normal to experience a range of emotions in the wake of such a diagnosis. However, you can learn to manage these feelings...

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...

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...

Depression in the Workplace: What We Can Do

Depression in the Workplace: What We Can Do
By Bob VandePol, MSW Although you might not know it, depression touches everyone in the workplace. Affecting nearly one in ten adults each year, depression is one of the top reasons for lost productivity, sick days taken and disability leave....

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…

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Facing a loss this holiday season? This might be a good time to think about resizing your Christmas expectations while grieving. Several years ago I met with a patient to discuss ways she could cope with the holiday season after…