Five Tips to Support a Loved One with a Mental Health Condition

One in five adults experiences a diagnosable mental health condition. Sadly, more than half of these people don’t receive treatment. One of the key factors in getting help is support from loved ones – those who receive this support are more likely to recover. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma surrounding mental health issues; people … Continued

Overcoming Alcohol Use Disorder

For many, drinking alcohol is a central part of socializing. We gather with co-workers over happy hour, have a beer while cheering for our favorite teams and relax at brunch with a Bloody Mary or mimosa. Without thinking about it, the amount of alcohol we drink can quickly add up. There’s a difference between enjoying … Continued

How Social Media Affects Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Let’s consider three statistics on how social media impacts how people view their appearance and how body image can affect daily activities: Using social media for 30 minutes a day can change the way you view your body. Sixty-two percent of social media users wish it was a space that empowered body positivity. Seventy-nine percent … Continued

Take Control of Anxiety Symptoms

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States, affecting 40 million adults and one in 10 children and teens every year. Anxiety presents in several ways, including generalized anxiety, social, academic, and/or performance anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders. … Continued

Eating Disorders: Watch for These Signs

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, eating disorders affect more than 30 million people in the United States. These are serious health conditions that can result in muscle weakness, reduced cognitive function, infections, cardiac issues, organ failure and even death. Fortunately, with early recognition and treatment, it’s possible to overcome … Continued

What is PTSD?

It’s natural to feel fearful after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Most people recover on their own over time, but if you continue to experience problems you may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). View the slideshow to learn more.

Taking Steps to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Opioid use and overdoses continue to make headlines. But even with the more recent push for better awareness, usage is still on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two out of three drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. How did it get to this point where the use of opioids … Continued

Take Control of Chronic Pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain affects 20 percent of American adults and costs our society about $560 billion dollars annually. Chronic pain covers a large spectrum of issues. It can be related to your joints, muscles, bones – even your mental and emotional health. It’s difficult to point to a single … Continued

Six Tips to Manage Your Child’s Screen Time

American kids and teens spend a lot of time playing on their phones, tablets and computers – in many cases, up to eight hours a day. This isn’t a good thing – it turns out too much screen time can greatly hinder learning and development. The amount of screen time your child should get varies … Continued

The Dangers of Opioid Addiction

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, opioid addiction and overdose account for more than 2,000 deaths in Illinois per year. And the number of people dying is projected to increase every year unless changes are made. Although opioid addiction and overdose may feel like a current event, it’s actually a public health … Continued