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Keeping Student Athletes Mentally Fit Gains Support

11/14/2013 | Treatments & ServicesMental WellnessOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

The risks of being a college athlete aren’t just physical. Student athletes carry added responsibilities and performance pressure that can take a toll on mental health, too. Injuries, concussions or addictions acquired to relieve prolonged stress or physical pain can set student athletes up for serious behavioral and mental difficulties that need care and treatment. That’s the reason for new guidelines, introduced to help school administrators, physicians, athletic trainers mental health…

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Memory Loss and Keeping Your Mind Sharp

08/21/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansMental Wellness

How does our ability to remember things change as we age? It’s a question many people – especially those in their middle and later years – often ask. Others want to know if the memory loss they’re experiencing is normal and what they can do to improve information retention and memory. It’s important to know that random lapse of memory is a common part of aging. It also can be caused by fatigue and stress in our daily lives. It’s not unusual to experience occasional…

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Caregivers: Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself

06/23/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansMental Wellness

Whether you are newly transitioning into the role of caregiver, or you’ve been tackling the responsibility for some time, you can — and should — take time for yourself and your own family. The stressors. One of the most important things to understand about accepting the role of caregiver is that it may tax you not only physically, but emotionally as well. If your loved one is suffering from mobility issues, physical tasks such as lifting can put a real strain on your body. If your…

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Feeling Down? Could it be Seasonal Affective Disorder or Depression?

12/04/2012 | Treatments & ServicesMental WellnessIU Health Physicians

Although the holidays bring good cheer, they are followed by the dark, cold days of winter – a season that’s difficult for many. Physiologically, the body responds to the absence of light and colder temperatures by entering a dormant phase characterized by lower energy and a slowing of body systems. Some people also experience low mood during winter. This condition is referred to as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD symptoms can usually be managed by spending more daylight time outdoors,…

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4 ways to beat the winter blues

02/01/2012 | Mental Wellness

This time of year, it seems the only two things winter has to offer are cold temperatures and darkness. Spending long days cooped up inside, we may feel less energized and grow increasingly moody or anxious. “Winter blues can be a byproduct of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD),” said Carol Juergensen Sheets, a behavioral psychologist with IU Health. “It’s estimated that nearly 6 percent of Americans are affected by SAD, and the effects are comparable to major depression.”…

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Dealing With Loss During the Holidays

12/16/2011 | Mental Wellness

Coming to terms with the loss of a loved one is never easy, and it is especially difficult during the holidays. No matter how prepared a person believes they are, grief has a way of creeping up during the holiday months. To grieve the loss of someone is a natural process that people deal with on different levels. Sometimes a person is able to come to terms with the loss quickly and able to function normally. However, in some instances, such as a sudden, unexpected loss, coming to terms with what…

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Dealing With Depression

10/19/2011 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Depression is neither a character flaw, nor is it a sign of personal weakness. Depression is a very common, yet highly treatable medical disorder that can affect both men and women, at any age. Depression isn’t just feeling “down in the dumps”. It is more than feeling sad following the loss of a loved one or feeling hassled by hard times or job stress. Depression affects your thoughts, feelings, physical health and behaviors. The symptoms of depression include the following: Feeling…

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Why You Might Be Depressed and What We Can Do to Help

06/22/2011 | Mental Wellness

Depression is serious. Don’t underestimate the mental and physical effects it can have on you. We are here to help. Sure everyone feels sad and unhappy sometimes, but if this feeling lasts longer than two weeks, you should take some time to answer the following questions. Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night? Do you have trouble with excessive sleeping? Do you feel sad or blue and not understand why? Do you feel hopeless, helpless or worthless? Do you feel guilty all…

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