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Five Tips for Better Mental Health This Holiday Season

New Hope Senior Behavioral Health Center director James Huitt, PhD, discusses some of the issues that we all experience to a greater or lesser degree during the time leading up to and during the coming holidays.

This week: Five Tips for Better Mental Health This Holiday Season

As we gather together with friends and family members for holiday meals, many of us will come face-to-face with the reality of the holiday season: it can be challenging for people with mental health issues. Close quarters, lots of togetherness and seeing family members that you might tend to avoid the rest of the year can trigger emotional breakdowns, stress and other not-so-fun outcomes.

A Lonely Holiday

New Hope Senior Behavioral Health Center director James Huitt, PhD, discusses some of the issues that we all experience to a greater or lesser degree during the time leading up to and during the coming holidays.

This week: Loneliness During the Holidays

The holiday season is generally thought of as a time of joy and love, but for many people, it’s a time of loneliness. Some people live far from family and miss seeing their loved ones this time of year; others dread going to holiday parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations without a partner and end up staying home; it’s also common for people to feel emotional distance from the people they're with, thus feeling lonely even if they're in a room full of people. For those who feel lonely during the holidays, this time of year can be a time of additional stress. If you're experiencing loneliness that causes you stress during the holiday season, the following suggestions can help.

How to overcome the Holiday Blues

New Hope Senior Behavioral Health Center director James Huitt, PhD, discusses some of the issues that we all experience to a greater or lesser degree during the time leading up to and during the coming holidays.

This week: How to overcome the Holiday Blues

There are many factors that can cause the depressed, stressed, agitated, fatigued, down and out, dreaded bad feelings that many people experience over the holidays. In order to effectively resolve and overcome the holiday blues, you need to know what they are about for you.

Holiday Stress

New Hope Senior Behavioral Health Center director James Huitt, PhD, discusses some of the issues that we all experience to a greater or lesser degree during the time leading up to and during the coming holidays.

This week: Holiday Stress

It’s here again … can you feel it? Summer is gone, the trees are losing their leaves, there’s nip in the air and fireplaces and wood furnaces are cranked up after three months of rest. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner! Can you feel it? It’s coming slowly like the dark clouds in the distance rumble with a muffled thunder, warning of an impending storm. Only this storm is inside you. Can you feel it?  HOLIDAY STRESS!

Depression In the Elderly (Part 4 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: What Problems Affect Treatment of Depression In the Elderly?

Depression In the Elderly (Part 3 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: What Are Risk Factors for Depression In the Elderly?

Depression In the Elderly (Part 2 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 Is Insomnia Related to Depression in the Elderly?

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.

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