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SmartVisit Helps Busy Woman Save Time

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services | Posted on 10-19-2016

memorialmd-smartvisitLynne Gray keeps busy with two jobs. She serves as a paralegal for a Virden, Illinois, attorney and sells skin care and makeup products.

When sinus problems started to slow her down, taking up to three hours out of her day to visit her family doctor wasn’t an option. Instead, she fired up her computer and logged into MemorialMDSmartVisit, a secure, internet-based service to treat non-emergency illnesses offered by Memorial Physician Services.

Senior Citizens and Anxiety: Five Indicators

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Taylorville | Posted on 10-18-2016

anxiety-senior-citizenFor families and friends with aging loved ones, the signs of anxiety and depression can be subtle and build up over time.

Barb Brauer, a licensed clinical social worker with Christian County Mental Health, shares these common signs that indicate anxiety or depression in an elderly person.

The Power of Protein

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 10-11-2016

Family-Grilling-FallFall weather means being outdoors with your family and friends, playing in the yard, and often grilling burgers, brats and hot dogs. How often do you add variety to your grilling? Do you consider the nutrition content?

Foods in the meat, poultry and fish group provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. Proteins function as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. They are also building blocks for enzymes, hormones and vitamins. However, according to the USDA’s, choosing foods from this group that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol may have health implications. Diets high in saturated fat raise “bad” cholesterol levels, or LDL, which results in an increased risk for coronary heart disease. The calorie content of fat is higher than that of proteins or carbohydrates, therefore high-fat diets lead to excess calorie intake as well.

Help for Men, National Depression Screening Day

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Behavioral Health, Men, Mental Health | Posted on 10-06-2016

Father and daughter sitting in the kitchenSure, everyone has days where sadness creeps in, but typically the feelings should pass after a few days. If it gets to a point that the sadness, exhaustion, or loss of interest starts to affect your daily life, you may be suffering from depression. National Depression Screening Day is Oct. 6 and is an important reminder that depression doesn’t discriminate. It impacts both men and women, but depression can affect men differently than it does women.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, men may be more likely to feel very tired and irritable and lose interest in their work, family or hobbies. They may be more likely to have difficulty sleeping than women who have depression.

Early Puberty and Depression: Tips for Guiding Younger Girls Through Body Changes

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Parents, Pediatrics | Posted on 09-28-2016

Sad lonely girl sitting on stairsWhat used to be a rite of passage for girls entering their teenage years is now occurring more frequently at younger ages, which can make it developmentally and emotionally challenging for many.

According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, the average age of puberty in females now occurs around third and fourth grades, which is generally eight to nine years old. Twenty-five years ago, the average age was 12.

Amanda Armstrong, MA, LCPC, is a child out-patient therapist with Memorial Behavioral Health at the Springfield Children’s Center in Springfield, Illinois. She sees firsthand how early puberty can affect some girls and how communication is key in combatting depression.

Knowledge, Faith and Courage Shape One Woman’s Cancer Journey

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Events, Women | Posted on 09-22-2016

Hays-Monica-Ovarian-Cancer-SurvivorIt was the intense cramping that woke her up that cold, January morning. She had noticed some recent weight gain around her stomach and it had become sore to the touch. After taking some pain relievers, Monica Hay, then a 46-year-old employee of the state, tried to go back to sleep. However, the cramping became unbearable, and her mom rushed her to the emergency room.

News quickly came that a tumor the size of a soccer ball located in her ovary had burst and was leaking. That’s when she first heard her diagnosis: ovarian cancer.

Super Survivor: ‘Your Whole World Turns Upside Down in a Moment’s Notice’

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Events, Foundation, Women | Posted on 09-19-2016

Super-Survivor-Michelle-BuscherThe call came on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day seven years ago.

Michelle Buscher, then 42 years old, was soundly slumbering, enjoying the last day of a three-day weekend before going back to work. Her phone rang promptly at 8 a.m. The woman at the other end of the line told her that her test results came back. Michelle had lobular invasive carcinoma.

“What did you say?” she asked the woman, waking up her husband, Jerry.

“Honey, you have cancer. You need to come in tomorrow and talk to the surgeon,” the woman explained.

And that quickly, in two short minutes, Michelle’s seemingly perfect life evaporated into a nightmare. “Your whole world turns upside down in a moment’s notice.”

Suicide Prevention: You Matter

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health | Posted on 09-08-2016

Suicide-Prevention-ImageHave you or someone you know lost a loved one to suicide? While it is not an easy topic to discuss, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people. Every year, nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide, or one death by suicide every 40 seconds.

More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have depression or another diagnosable mental disorder. Many times, they have a substance abuse problem. It is important to learn and recognize the warning signs. The majority tell someone first, so never take threats of suicide lightly.

4 Ways to Help Your Kids Have a Healthy Body Image

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Center for Healthy Families, Memorial Medical Center, Parents | Posted on 08-29-2016

Young-Girl-on-ScalesChildren are developing an unhealthy body image at younger and younger ages, said Cheri Harrison, MS, LCPC, pediatric program coordinator for the Memorial Center for Healthy Families at Memorial Medical Center. They feel there’s something wrong with the way they look and believe they need to change it.

Super Survivor Faces Her Greatest Mental and Physical Challenge

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Foundation, Memorial Medical Center, Women | Posted on 08-22-2016

Super-Survivor-Carol-HarmsWhen Carol Harms went in for her annual mammogram this February and a suspicious spot was found, she didn’t give it too much thought.

There’s very little presence of cancer in her family. And she had been feeling intermittently unwell since November, so she thought the spot might be an anomaly. The previous year, her mammogram required a follow-up mammogram, which turned out to be nothing.

She was more concerned about the biopsy six days later. She recalled thinking, “I’m going to have to do this biopsy, and it’s going to hurt.”