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Memorial Health System's blog, LiveWell Online Magazine, shares weekly stories and tips about mental and behavioral health, nutrition and wellness. Visit the blog to sign up to receive monthly emails with the latest blog articles.

5 Ways to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Have you been binging on Netflix? Sleeping more than usual? Not exercising enough? If so, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression related to the seasons of the year. Typically, SAD starts in the late fall when the days become shorter and activities taper off. Symptoms increase […]

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Coping with Holiday Grief

Friday, December 23, 2016

Does grief have you feeling down this holiday season? One may think that the holiday season brings good tidings and cheer, but suffering from grief is more common than people realize. Simply finding a way through the holiday season can be challenging if you’ve lost a loved one. Grief affects everyone differently, but the most […]

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Don’t Ignore Cyber Bullying

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Social media and video gaming has seen rapid growth in recent years. With children and adolescents frequenting online communities, this opens the door to cyber bullying and puts our children’s emotional well-being at risk. Children who experience cyber bullying are more likely to show signs of loneliness and social isolation. With prolonged exposure, they can […]

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Senior Citizens and Anxiety: Five Indicators

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

For families and friends with aging loved ones, the signs of anxiety and depression can be subtle and build up over time. Barb Brauer, a licensed clinical social worker with Christian County Mental Health, shares these common signs that indicate anxiety or depression in an elderly person. • Losing interest in activities that used to […]

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Help for Men, National Depression Screening Day

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sure, everyone has days where sadness creeps in, but typically the feelings should pass after a few days. If it gets to a point that the sadness, exhaustion, or loss of interest starts to affect your daily life, you may be suffering from depression. National Depression Screening Day is Oct. 6 and is an important […]

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Early Puberty and Depression: Tips for Guiding Younger Girls Through Body Changes

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What used to be a rite of passage for girls entering their teenage years is now occurring more frequently at younger ages, which can make it developmentally and emotionally challenging for many. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, the average age of puberty in females now occurs around third and fourth grades, which is […]

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Suicide Prevention: You Matter

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Have you or someone you know lost a loved one to suicide? While it is not an easy topic to discuss, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people. Every year, nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide, or one death by suicide every 40 seconds. […]

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MOSAIC Helps Teen Move Forward from Depression

Monday, August 8, 2016

Memorial Behavioral Health’s Children’s Mosaic Project is a collaboration of community resources that form a complete network of behavioral healthcare to youth in central Illinois. MOSAIC, or Meaningful Opportunities for Success and Achievement Through Service Integration for Children, brings together healthcare services, schools and neighborhood outreach programs to create an integrated mosaic of services. Now […]

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3 Tips for Managing Stress

Monday, May 23, 2016

Let’s face it, everyone experiences stress from time to time. Stress can come from anywhere. It could be caused by being late to meet a work deadline, arguing with your children or dealing with traffic. Instead of letting stress get the best of you, try these three easy tips to reduce stress. Take deep breaths. […]

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How to Recognize Childhood Depression

Monday, May 2, 2016

Every parent wants their child to be happy and healthy. They want them to play with friends and to be carefree. Unfortunately, not every child feels this way. Some children may struggle with mental health issues such as depression. Thursday, May 5, is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and is a perfect opportunity for […]

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