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Depression In the Elderly (Part 1 of 4)

Clinical depression in the elderly is common. That doesn't mean it's normal. Late-life depression affects about 6 million Americans age 65 and older. But only 10% receive treatment for depression. In this four part series, New Hope Senior Behavioral Health Center director James Huitt, PhD, discusses identifying and treating depression in the elderly.

This week: How Does Depression In the Elderly Differ From Depression in Younger Adults?

Marital Stress

Stress is a part of life. There is simply no getting around it completely. However, the more you learn about the causes, effects, and symptoms of stress the better you will understand how it impacts your life and your marriage. Armed with this information, you can then take steps to manage stress more effectively, thereby strengthening and protecting the relationship between you and your spouse.

Mommy and Daddy Don’t Live Together Anymore

One out of every two marriages today ends in divorce and many divorcing families include children. Parents who are getting a divorce are frequently worried about the effect the divorce will have on their children. During this difficult period, parents may be preoccupied with their own problems, but continue to be the most important people in their children's lives.

Fall Is Here

The beautiful days of Spring and Summer are quickly giving way to Fall. Everyone is hoping and anticipating  the multicolored display of the foliage and the hot days of Summer now turning cooler temperatures .  But, for many, there is also the dread of shorter days and longer nights. The happiness and outdoor activities must give way to being indoors and symptoms of depression and despair begin to creep in. Some individuals suffer from SAD.

Remembering 9/11

Thirteen years after terrorists attacked in New York, New Hope Senior Behavioral Health Center director James Huitt, PhD, looks back on the lessons learned dealing with the emotional impact.

Are You At Risk of Burnout Syndrome?

Burnout is a problem that many people either face or come very close to at some point of their life or career. If your job or some other commitment keeps you completely drained physically or emotionally, and if this situation goes on for years, months, or maybe just weeks, you may finally reach the breaking point and fall a victim of burn out syndrome. Please give us a call at 573-860-1602. You are not alone. Hope is just a phone call away. 

He Made Me Laugh

Like Robin Williams, many people struggle in silence with Depression while appearing to others to be “on top of the world. If you are struggling with Depression, Substance Abuse or any other type of mental illness, please…for your sake and those who love and care about you…talk to someone…let them know of your struggle. You can call us at New Hope Behavioral Health at 573-860-1602 any time of the day or night.

Be Still and Know ...

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. But when anxiety becomes constant and overwhelming, the results can be crippling.

The Unrecognized Link: Depression Co-occurring with Medical Conditions

Having a physical illness can cause you to feel "down" or sad. But if the sadness is severe or long-lasting, there may be an unrecognized link: clinical depression co-occurring with a medical condition. Recognize the link: don't ignore mental health as a part of overall health. Get professional treatment for depression. Hope is only a phone call away! Call 1-573-860-1602.

Ministries, Mental Illness & Communities of Faith

Religious communities are in a unique position to combat stigma and provide a message of acceptance and hope

Life After Divorce

Few personal crises rival the destruction created by a failed marriage. The process of choosing to divorce, legally severing your relationship, and recovering following the divorce is exhausting emotionally, financially and often physically. Once the divorce decree has been signed and the dust has settled on the ruins of what you once hoped would be your happily ever after, how do you pick up the pieces and move forward? Here are some tips:

When Stress isn’t just Stress

Though it may seem like a relatively simple concept, trauma—a powerful experience that may have long-lasting effects—has not always been defined the same. Scientists continue to study experiences of trauma in hopes of finding better treatments. One particular type of trauma is known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Depression in People with Chronic Illnesses

Depression is one of the most common – and potentially dangerous -- complications of every chronic illness. According to depression specialist Arthur Rifkin, M.D., a psychiatrist at Albert Einstein Medical Center in New York, the most common misconception about depression and chronic illness is that it's understandable to become depressed when faced with a chronic illness. It is understandable -- but only during the initial adjustment period that should not last for more than a few months.

Depression Can Break Your Heart

Depression and heart disease are common companions and what is worse, each can lead to the other. It appears now that depression is an important risk factor for heart disease along with high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure.

How do I know I need help?

Mental health is a complex part of overall health that often requires a lot of time and energy to understand.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis: An undiagnosed substance abuse problem may be a barrier to effective treatment of mental illness.

Spring's Comin'

“Boy! I’ll be so glad when Spring gets here!”  How many of us have heard that statement  or have made that statement ourselves.  It seems like it’s been a long Winter. But Spring’s Comin’!

Necessary Endings

Dare to dream big. Have the courage to list some of the necessary endings that may need to happen in your life so that you can become what you were created to be!


“Forgiveness” is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, forgiveness lets go of negative emotions such as revenge, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.

Shhhhhhh…Don’t tell anyone!

Even with all the education and information that has been done to combat the mental health stigma in our 21st century culture, there still remains this “not so secret, secret.” I find it fascinating that we can converse with relative ease, telling friends and family members of our aches and pains. Sometimes we even tell of our latest surgery…in detail! We find ourselves comparing with others the various kinds of medication with take from blood pressure medication to the latest diet pill. But when it comes to mental health issues, we “clam up” or whisper.