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16May, 2016

When it’s more than “just the blues:” depression among older adults

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Senior|Comments Off on When it’s more than “just the blues:” depression among older adults

As we focus on older adults’ mental health this week, we look at how aging relates to mental illness – how it affects it and how it looks different in older adults. Depression is not a “normal” sign of aging. Although common in older adults, it is something to be taken seriously. But how do you know when it’s more than “just the blues”? After all, everyone has feelings of sadness or unhappiness now and then. But when feelings of sadness don't go away and interfere with daily life, depression may be the reason. Depression can occur in older adults due [...]

10May, 2016

Remembering the importance of self-care all year long

By | May 10th, 2016|Categories: Mind & Body|Comments Off on Remembering the importance of self-care all year long

Very often, I need to remind myself that I need to practice better self-care, particularly around this time of the year. Nine years ago in May, I lost my best friend and husband of almost sixteen years. I’ve learned over the nine years since this loss, the importance of honoring the feelings that accompany this time of year. I have a great support system of co-workers, friends and family – both chosen and biological - that provide great support. I have two wonderful stepsons and their partners along with two grandchildren that bring me great joy. I’ve learned over the years [...]

6May, 2016

Parenting an Anxious Child

By | May 6th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Kids, Parenting|Comments Off on Parenting an Anxious Child

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about parenting with anxiety. As Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day was recognized on May 5, I wanted to look at parenting an anxious child. My daughter is still very young, but already has a strong personality. She is incredibly empathetic, has intense emotions (what 3-year old doesn’t?) and definitely has some anxious tendencies. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for children and adults, affecting upwards of 20% of children and adolescents over the lifespan. Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, yet it takes [...]

26Apr, 2016

Having difficulty getting more zzzs?

By | April 26th, 2016|Categories: Mind & Body, Mobile Health|Comments Off on Having difficulty getting more zzzs?

I don't know about you, but since the time changed for daylight savings time, I just can't seem to get a good night’s sleep. We've all heard how important it is to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night - how sleep increases your energy, makes your skin glow, helps with weight loss, improves your memory and helps you focus better. I get it; and don't get me wrong, I crave sleep. But some of us, even if we follow all the suggestions for better sleep - turn off technology, keep the room dark, don't use caffeine, go to bed early [...]

21Apr, 2016

Parenting with anxiety: Overcoming new barriers and learning to balance it all

By | April 21st, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Parenting|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

My 3-year-old daughter was a difficult baby, at best. She was colicky, didn’t sleep through the night until she was 13 months old and incredibly “spirited.” During the first 18 months of her life, my anxiety was through the roof. Over the years, I’ve learned how to manage my symptoms, but parenting brought a whole new level of barriers. I can’t just go for a run, journal or listen to music to lessen my anxiety. I had to adjust and develop new ways to care for myself while parenting a tiny human. Because, at times, it was too much for me [...]

12Apr, 2016

When Spring doesn’t bring sunshine: supporting a loved one with depression or anxiety

By | April 12th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Uncategorized|Tags: , |Comments Off on When Spring doesn’t bring sunshine: supporting a loved one with depression or anxiety

Spring has (sort of) sprung here in Colorado. And although Spring is typically associated with flowers, butterflies and bunnies, many don’t realize that it is actually a time when depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are at the highest for some individuals. It’s overwhelming to suffer from anxiety or depression, but it can also feel overwhelming when we don’t know how to help a loved one who is suffering. You may feel confused and frustrated yourself. Perhaps you feel like you’re walking on eggshells because you’re afraid of upsetting them even more. Or maybe you’ve tried giving advice or avoiding the situation, [...]