mental wellness Articles

Is Social Media Causing You Undue Anxiety?

08/29/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

If the first thing you do each morning is reach for your smart phone to check social media channels, you might want to rethink your routine. Research shows that social media can have a direct effect on our emotional well-being. Stuides are being done on everything from how Twitter can affect your marriage to whether or not Facebook can cause bad moods. The fact is, many people enjoy logging on to social media. Whether its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat or Pinterest, social media…

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Four Resources To Help A Loved One Struggling With Substance Abuse

08/21/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Drug and alcohol abuse can have serious consequences, including addiction. Addiction means losing control over whether you are going to use the drug, or losing insight into knowing how, or when, to stop. Addiction can be physical, meaning a person's body becomes dependent on the drug, nee substance-abuse-resourceding more and more of it to get the same effect. When a person with a physical dependency stops using the drug, he or she may develop withdrawal symptoms. Addiction may also be psychological,…

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Make Your Break Count: 5 Ways to De-stress During Lunch

08/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Even if you love what you do, some degree of workplace stress is inevitable. Whether you struggle occasionally with the acute stress of an impending deadline or you have to constantly deal with frustrating clients, job-related stress goes along with any and every job. When dealing with stress at work, a lunch break can sometimes seem like a mixed blessing. Lunch provides an opportunity to take a mental break between tasks, but it can be frustrating to break your work flow if you’re accomplishing…

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Transform Job Stress Into Productive Energy

08/12/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Stress in life is inevitable. The effects of stress on the body can include headaches, sleeping problems, upset stomach, high blood pressure, lower resistance to disease and depression, among other problems. Long-term chronic stress can even increase your risk for heart disease and weaken your immune system. Stress can be caused by many factors, but one of the most common causes is work related. Whether you’re in a fast-paced job or stuck in a monotonous one, job related stress can make…

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Do you think your loved one is an addict?

08/06/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

When you are clean and sober, it can be hard to understand the power of addiction. It is especially hard when addiction affects someone you love. Most often, substance abuse involves alcohol, illegal drugs, such as cocaine or prescription drugs. Many factors contribute to whether or not a person is likely to become addicted, including genetic vulnerability, stress levels, personality and mental health problems. The stages of substance abuse can be subtle and difficult to identify. So how do…

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Supporting Your Loved One Through Substance Abuse Recovery

08/05/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

When a loved one suffers from substance abuse or addiction, it not only affects their own physical and mental health but that of their friends and family as well. Of course the first step is to get help, including finding the right rehab program. During rehab, your loved one will learn skills to combat a long-term struggle with addiction. But what happens after rehabilitation? Once a person leaves treatment, they continue to face challenges. They are expected to apply the skills they learned during…

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How to juggle work and being a caregiver

06/30/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Providing care for a loved one who is unable to live independently can often feel overwhelming. With the challenges of raising a family, managing a home and the day-to-day responsibilities of caregiving competing for your attention, it may seem nearly impossible to maintain your career, too. However, juggling a career and being a caregiver is more common than you may think. Approximately 66 percent of caregivers also work outside of the home in a part- or full-time position. If you’re a working…

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Understanding Depression in Men

06/22/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansMental Wellness

Clinical depression is a disease that affects both women and men. In fact, it’s estimated that more than six million men in the United States suffer from depression. For both males and females, symptoms of depression include loss of interest in enjoyable activities, fatigue, appetite changes, difficulty sleeping and apathy. When it comes to depression, the difference between men and women is often observed in how males and females express the symptoms. While women may tend to feel sad when…

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How Relationships Influence Our Health

06/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental WellnessIU Health Physicians

Relationships are an important part of life. We continually work to develop strong, healthy relationships with spouses, significant others, children, parents and friends. Maintaining good relationships requires time and effort, but the investment is worth it, especially when it comes to our health and well-being. In fact, happy, fulfilling relationships benefit us in a number of ways: Support and encouragement – Whether we need someone to listen or offer encouragement, it’s important…

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Got the Winter Blues? You Might Have SAD

02/23/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental WellnessIU Health Physicians

It may go by several euphemistic names, but seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a very real condition that can affect your mood, your concentration, and your health. However, there are a few things you can do to lift your spirits. As the name implies, seasonal affective disorder usually begins in the fall and continues throughout winter. While we can’t pin down the specific cause of SAD (genetics, age, and your body’s own chemical makeup can play a role), the medical community believes…

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