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Bullying: Mean Girls

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

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: Read the rest of this entry »

10 Tips for Reducing Stress

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

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: Read the rest of this entry »

Resources to Quit Smoking

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Winter | Posted on 04-01-2017

Have you been binging on Netflix? Sleeping more than usual? Not exercising enough? If so, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression related to the seasons of the year. Typically, SAD starts in the late fall when the days become shorter and activities taper off. Symptoms increase and plateau through the winter months. Read the rest of this entry »

Coping with Holiday Grief

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health | Posted on 23-12-2016

Unhappy woman crying in bedDoes grief have you feeling down this holiday season? One may think that the holiday season brings good tidings and cheer, but suffering from grief is more common than people realize. Simply finding a way through the holiday season can be challenging if you’ve lost a loved one. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Ignore Cyber Bullying

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Parents | Posted on 08-12-2016

upset-boy-on-cellphoneSocial media and video gaming has seen rapid growth in recent years. With children and adolescents frequenting online communities, this opens the door to cyber bullying and puts our children’s emotional well-being at risk. Children who experience cyber bullying are more likely to show signs of loneliness and social isolation. With prolonged exposure, they can experience lowered self-esteem and depression.

“Our children are facing new and complicated social situations online,” said Autumn Dunham Neubert, LCSW, at Memorial Behavioral Health—Springfield Children’s Center. “Unfortunately, the repercussions can be devastating to their feelings of worth, especially in the preteen and teenage years.” Read the rest of this entry »

Help for Men, National Depression Screening Day

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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 28-09-2016

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Suicide Prevention: You Matter

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

MOSAIC Helps Teen Move Forward from Depression

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Testimonial | Posted on 08-08-2016

Memorial Behavioral Health’s Children’s Mosaic Project is a collaboration of community resources that form a complete network of behavioral healthcare to youth in central Illinois. MOSAIC, or Meaningful Opportunities for Success and Achievement Through Service Integration for Children, brings together healthcare services, schools and neighborhood outreach programs to create an integrated mosaic of services.

Now a happy and healthy teenager, Trina* wanted to share her story to let others know they are not alone. Trina, a high school senior, took part in MOSAIC counseling services after she scored in the highly elevated range on a social-emotional screen. Although she had never had any counseling services before, she said she often felt depressed. Read the rest of this entry »