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Bullying: Mean Girls

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Parents, Pediatrics, Physician Services | Posted on 03-23-2017

Female bullying is nothing new. Along with male bullying, it has become a national epidemic. Bullying can begin as early as when a child starts attending school. Statistics show male bullying is more prevalent, but female-to-female bullying is much more subtle.

Types of female bullying
Female-to-female bullying rarely becomes physical. It usually involves:

Healthy Divorce – Is it Possible?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Parents | Posted on 03-21-2017

Two people don’t get married expecting the relationship to fail, but statistics show some marriages face this harsh reality. Separation and divorce are not easy choices, even if you know it’s right. However, the possibility of a healthy divorce can be realistic.

What’s healthy?
Some people may think a healthy divorce means communicating effectively and productively with their ex, while others have very separate lives and speak only when necessary.

“A healthy divorce is a goal you should continually work toward for many years,” said Tisha Bayless, LCPC, a therapist at Memorial Behavioral Health.

10 Tips for Reducing Stress

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health | Posted on 03-16-2017

Stress is everywhere. Work, family, finances, health concerns—the list goes on and on. The way we cope with stress plays a significant role in how it affects our daily lives.

When you are stressed out, do you feel defeated? Does stress challenge you? Do you look at stress as an opportunity for growth? It’s tempting to ignore stress by watching mindless TV or hanging out with friends, but that is only a temporary fix.

Caitlin Deady, LCSW, a therapist at Memorial Behavioral Health, provides these tips to reduce stress in your life for the long haul:

Bring the Farm to Your Table

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 03-14-2017

March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to shake off the humdrums of cold weather and all the heavy food that accompanies it. One way to practice healthy habits any time of year is to visit local vendors who offer a variety of fresh produce and food. Start by visiting local restaurants that offer a seasonal menu with a variety of vegetables. Get inspired by trying something new paired with a seasonal side. Cow cheek, anyone?

Get Your Rear in Gear for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Screenings | Posted on 03-02-2017

Rajan Kochar, MD, MPH, a gastroenterologist at Springfield Clinic, promoted colon cancer awareness month, recognized in March, with Joey McLaughlin recently on WTAX radio.

“Colon cancer is preventable,” Dr. Kochar said. “The bottom line – colonoscopies save lives. You may have no symptoms, but you are harboring polyps. Someone who does have a family history should start having the procedure sooner.”

Embarrassing Things to Discuss with Your Doctor

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 02-28-2017

The thought of talking about certain parts of our health – and our bodies – can cause many of us to clam up, even with our physicians. This silence, though, means that potential health issues may go untreated. Nicole Florence, MD, a pediatrician and internal medicine physician at Memorial Physician Services, encourages patients to speak up about everything going on with their bodies and health while they are in the doctor’s office.

“There are many reasons why people don’t want to talk about sensitive things with their doctor,” Dr. Florence said. “Often it’s embarrassing, and they may fear they will be judged. Sometimes, patients even think that the doctor may be too busy and doesn’t have time to listen.”

However, such fears or assumptions can make your physician’s job harder. By not telling him or her what is going on, you may be preventing yourself from receiving important help or care.

Improving Outcomes after a Heart Attack

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Heart, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab | Posted on 02-16-2017

There’s life before your heart attack, and then there’s life after. Those first days and weeks as you start “life after” can be difficult physically, mentally and emotionally. That’s one reason the earlier you start going to cardiac rehab, the faster you recover.

Men’s Health Tune-Up

Posted by | Posted in Events, Friends of Memorial, Men, Screenings | Posted on 02-09-2017

Preventative approaches to healthcare are becoming more and more important for avoiding long-term, chronic issues. Guys, that means you, too! Robert Bussing, MD, with Memorial Physician Services, and Tobias Kohler, MD, with SIU School of Medicine, will discuss six of the top men’s health issues followed by a Q & A, and get free health screenings, too.

Resources to Quit Smoking

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Behavioral Health, Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 02-08-2017

Smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For many, the “why” to quit is clear, but the “how” is more challenging. If you live in central Illinois, Memorial Health System offers a variety of programs to help you kick the habit.

Curb Screen Time, Encourage Your Toddler or Preschooler’s Development

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Rehab | Posted on 02-07-2017

“Screen time” might be the two most guilt-inducing words for parents today especially as tablets and smart phones offer instant distraction for young children.

But let’s face it–sometimes a parent needs to take a shower, enjoy a few moments of conversation with a friend or drive somewhere without constant interruptions. However, when the fifteen minutes turns into several hours a day, it might be time to look at other activities designed to stimulate your child’s fine motor, language and social skills.