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ADHD Awareness Month

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition in which characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. ADHD is most commonly diagnosed in young people. An estimated 8.8% of children aged 4-17 have ADHD. While ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, it does not only affect children. An estimated 4.4% of adults aged 18-44 have ADHD. With treatment, people with ADHD can be successful in school, work and lead productive lives. Researchers are using new tools such as brain imaging to better understand the condition and to find more effective ways to treat and prevent ADHD. Symptoms While some behaviors associated with ADHD are “normal” and not a cause for concern to most people, someone with ADHD will have trouble controlling these behaviors and will show them much more frequently and for longer than 6 months. Signs of inattention include: Becoming easily distracted, and jumping from activity to activity. Becoming bored with a task quickly. Difficulty focusing attention or completing a single task or...Read More >

How To Have A Healthy Halloween! 👻

Too much Halloween candy got you spooked? Try some of these healthy tips for party snacks and trick-or-treats. Ideas so good, it’s scary! Curb the Candy Craze The kids look adorable in their costumes and are counting down the days until October 31! Are you ready for the sugar rush? With a little creativity, you can find fun ways to include some healthy options in the mix, whether you’re having a party with friends or trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Try these tips to make your Halloween festivities a little healthier for your family, party guests and trick-or-treaters. For the Trick-or-Treater Fill up first. What kid doesn’t want to eat their favorite candy right when it goes into their trick-or-treat bag? Having a healthy meal BEFORE your kids go trick-or-treating can reduce their temptation to snack while walking or to overindulge, because their tummies will be full. Bag the monster bag. Choose or make a smaller collection container for your child and...Read More >

Hidden in Plain View

The Crossroads Program, in collaboration with Francis Howell School District, hosted “Risky Behavior in Adolescents”, an initiative to help parents identify the signs of risky behavior such as drug and/or alcohol use by their child.  Mike & Amy Weiland, co-directors of The Crossroads Program, pointed out seemingly innocent items that are commonly used by youth could indicate substance use.

Happy Birthday, Lauren C., Director of Nursing!

Happy Birthday, Lauren! Thank you for your Nursing leadership, compassion, and dedication to our patients and staff. We greatly appreciate all that you do! Have a great day!

Depression and Caregiving

Strategies to Help Yourself Depressive disorders can make one feel exhausted, helpless, and hopeless. Such negative thoughts and feelings make some people feel like giving up. It is important to realize that these negative views are part of the depression and may not accurately reflect the situation. Below are guidelines adapted from the National Institute of Mental Health offering recommendations for dealing with depression. Set realistic goals in light of the depression. You may not be able to accomplish as much as you are accustomed to when you are feeling well. Break large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can. Try to be with other people and to confide in someone you know and trust; it is often better than suffering alone. Participate in activities that may make you feel better, such as exercise, going to a movie or ballgame, or attending a religious, social, or community event. Expect your mood to...Read More >

College Mental Health: A Checklist for Parents

Read original article HERE. Approximately four million students have enrolled in college for the first time this year. This transition to university life can be overwhelming for many young people, particularly for those with mental health issues. The late teens and early 20’s—the traditional college years—are known to be the time in life when serious mental illnesses are most likely to manifest themselves. Combine that with being away from home for the first time and adjusting to other aspects of college life. Together, it can be a recipe for psychological vulnerability for many students. The college years become a critical time for students and parents to have a mental health checklist. When students have mental health crises, parents often feel overwhelmed and unsure about how to help. Awareness and treatment are essential to preventing crises that result in failing classes, dropping out, or severe emotional issues. Among the most common problems seen with college students are anxiety disorders, depression, alcohol...Read More >

Be Your Authentic Self When Promoting Your Services

At the recent Cottleville/Weldon Spring (CWS) Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting, speaker Derlene Hertz from Empowered Networking advised business members that being your authentic self when promoting your services is more effective and believable than wearing a “mask” of what you perceive to be the expected marketing approach.   With its focus on community support, the Chamber also conducted a raffle to help “adopt” local families in need during the holiday season.

Walking in a Resident’s Shoes

The Missouri Assisted Living Association (MALA) provided a wide range of topics and presenters at their 2019 Annual Fall Conference in Osage Beach, including “What Living as a Resident Can Teach Long-Term Care Staff.”  For more information about MALA go to: https://malarcf.org/conference/

Addressing mental health in the workplace: What do employers need to know about EAPs?

Behavioral health is a critical issue for today’s workforce, yet limited provider access is a problem that is just as serious. Starbucks announced in September it would be enhancing its mental health initiatives, supervisor training and EAP offering. By presenting such benefits and promoting workplace wellness, the company is helping to reduce the stigma around behavioral health and is fostering a safer and healthier workplace environment. Just three weeks later, U-Haul International announced a similar update, which included adding mental health coverage and resources to its benefits package. Read more  HERE.  

CenterPointe Hospital Announces Employee of the Month August 2019 – Christina S.

CenterPointe Hospital is proud to announce that Christina S. has been named the August 2019 Employee of the Month! The following comments were made about Christina: “Our clients find Christina to be compassionate, engaged, responsive to their needs and empathetic with any personal struggles they may be experiencing.  She has a positive influence with her co-workers and she brings things to my attention and does so in the sweetest, kindest, most inoffensive fashion, raising the bar in the most discreet manner that a co-worker could, or would.  In my eyes, Christina sets the standard of what the true definition of a terrific therapist is, and exemplifies that on a daily basis.” “We are very lucky to have Christina as a co-worker and therapist.  She has been there for clients as well as co-workers.  Always willing to give a helping hand where needed.  I wish we could clone her.  Christina is one of our most popular therapists at our West County Outpatient.  Clients...Read More >

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