Mental Health

The Faces of Bipolar Disorder Look Like You and Me

The faces of bipolar disorder look like you and me – Three WNY Healthy Heroes are making a difference By Annette Pinder and Shannon Traphagen Keith O’Neil is an admired football star, having played with the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants, and the Indianapolis Colts. By all accounts, he’s had tremendous success, despite his well-kept secret that something in his mind was terribly wrong. ... »

Can people with dementia travel?

By Thane Schulz Summer is finally approaching, and it’s a wonderful time to get out to enjoy the beautiful warm weather. For many folks, it means traveling to see friends, explore new places, and learn about different cultures. If you are thinking about traveling with a loved one who has dementia, it is wise to take some safety precautions. Someone with advanced stage dementia may get too confused... »

A Homecare Nurse’s Guide to Beating the Holiday Blues – For Seniors and Family Caregivers

By Beth O’keefe Care Coordinator with the not-for-profit VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans For so many of us, the holidays spark feelings of happiness and celebration. Families get together to exchange season’s greetings and ring in the New Year with generations of friends and family coming from far and wide. For most, it’s a festive time. But for members of our community who are homebound, sometimes thin... »

Memory Care Support Groups and Bereavement Support Groups 2016

Memory Care Support Groups and Bereavement Support Groups 2016

Memory Care Support Group The McGuire Group’s Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 2699 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville will be hosting a new support group for the 2016 year. Two groups will be held on Wednesday, January 13th at Harris Hill Nursing Facility in Lancaster. A NEW wives support group will be held at 3 pm, and a daughter’s support group will be held at 5 pm. There will no longer be a general supp... »

Lake Shore Behavioral Health and Medaille College New Family Counseling Center

Buffalo, NY – October 23 – Howard K. Hitzel, Psy.D., President of Lake Shore Behavioral Health was joined by Dr. Ken Macur, President of Medaille College to officially open the Medaille Family Counseling Center, a unique collaboration between Lake Shore Behavioral Health and Medaille College. The Medaille Family Counseling Center, a fully licensed Lake Shore mental health outpatient tr... »

‘Study Drugs’ And College Students: Monthly Patterns In Stimulant Initiation

by Rachel N. Lipari, Ph.D., and Rachel Rush, M.A. (NAPSI)-A myth on many college campuses is that “study drugs” help students succeed in preparing for and taking exams. Study drugs are typically prescription stimulants that people take to lose weight, to stay awake or to combat attention deficit disorders. However, research has shown that no drug can make a student smarter or help ace ... »

Coping With the Loss of A Pet

The death of a pet often creates a void in a pet owner’s life. Finding ways to cope with the situation can help alleviate some pain. The strong bonds many people share with their pets can make the death of those pets, be it sudden or expected, difficult to handle. It’s not uncommon to be traumatized when a pet dies, and such grief may be influenced by the pet’s age at the time of... »

You Are Not Alone: Mental Health Tips for Students Returning to College

by Ross Szabo I stared out the window of the psychiatric ward in disbelief. My freshman year ended after only two months. I went to American University with so much hope. College was the place where I would move forward with my life, make new friends, and escape my small town. I also hoped to escape the bipolar disorder that plagued me in high school. Instead, I experienced my worst episodes. I ha... »

Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. • Connect – Connect with people around you — family, friends, and colleagues. Spend time developing these relationships. • Be active – Take a walk, go cycling, play a game of football, or go to the gym. Find the activity you enjoy and make it a part of your life. • Keep learning – Learning new skills can give y... »

New Treatment for Depression: TMS

Depression is a devastating brain illness that affects millions of Americans, their families and even their employers. People with depression may exhibit such symptoms as problems with sleep, appetite, level of energy, and concentration. They may show a lack of motivation, unusual feelings of guilt, and experience sadness or irritability. This is now well understood to be a problem in how the brai... »

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