What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million. Chances are, you or a loved one will experience or care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about the … 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.

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

Eight Small Health Changes Anyone Can Make

When people think about making health changes, they often focus on big changes – things like losing 50 pounds or running a marathon. While it may seem like bigger changes are the best way to see major results, it’s actually smaller changes that have the most positive impact on your health. That’s because small changes … Continued

Windy City Live: School Refusal

For some kids, a new school year leads to stress and anxiety rather than excitement. Laura Koehler, Psy. D., from Edward-Elmhurst Health, appeared on ABC7’s Windy City Live to help Chicago-area residents learn more about school refusal – who’s most affected, common signs and symptoms, and the most effective treatment options.

Helping Kids Overcome School Anxiety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7 percent of kids ages 3-17 are diagnosed with anxiety. When left untreated, these kids are at risk to perform poorly at school and, in some cases, it will lead to school refusal behavior. School refusal is emotionally based and tends to occur with … Continued

Taking Steps to Address Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five kids ages 18 or younger is obese. Furthermore, the number of kids affected by obesity has tripled since the 1970s. Many factors contribute to childhood obesity: Sedentary lifestyles Lack of sleep Poor diets high in processed foods … Continued