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Healing our Community with Hope

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Mental, emotional and behavioral health issues can take many forms. Nearly everyone is touched by one of these issues at some point in their lives. To offer help and hope, we've gathered information and resources on some common health topics.

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects children and teens and can continue into adulthood. People diagnosed with ADHD may be hyperactive, unable to control their impulses, and have trouble paying attention.

Alcohol Use

Problem drinking that becomes severe is given the medical diagnosis of "alcohol use disorder".   In 2015, 15.1 million adults ages 18 and older (6.2 percent of this age group) had Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). However severe the problem may seem, most people with an alcohol use disorder can benefit from treatment.     

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. However, anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias can interfere in a person's ability to lead a normal life.

Bipolar

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks. Symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Cocaine/Crack

Cocaine (powder form) and crack cocaine (crystal form) can be taken orally, snorted, or injected, depending on its form. Street names include coke, crack, flake, rocks, snow, Charlie, and sniff.

Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. More than a bout of the blues, depression isn't a weakness and you can't simply "snap out" of it.

For Parents

As parents, we want the best for our children. We hope they have good physical, mental and emotional health. These topics are diverse, but deal with mental and behavioral health concerns that your children may experience.

Grief

Dealing with grief and loss is something most people have to do sometime in their lives. Grief is a natural response and people often go through stages of grief as they try to make sense of a loss.

Marijuana

Think marijuana doesn't have negative effects? Kids who frequently use marijuana are almost four times more likely to act violently; five times more likly to steal; and are three times more likely to be addicted to heroin.

Mental Health

Mental, behavioral and emotional health issues aren't rare. They're everywhere. And throughout northeast Indiana, people are suffering. These struggles don't always look the way you'd expect. It's time to look beyond the labels.

OCD

People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder have obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviors (extreme routines or things they have to do), or both, such as repetitive locking of doors or arranging of items.

Opioids

Opioid dependence – in the form of prescription pain medications, methadone, opium and heroin – is a growing problem that affects people of all ages and backgrounds. It's time to stop the epidemic.

Phobias

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no real danger.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder resulting in some people hearing voices others do not hear. They may believe other people are reading and/or controlling their minds, or plotting to harm them.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a tragic reaction to stressful life situations, and all the more tragic because suicide can be prevented. It may seem like there's no way to solve your problems and that suicide is the only way to end the pain. But, there IS hope...

Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs are created using man-made chemicals. Because the chemicals used constantly change, users have no way of knowing the contents. A dangerous scenario.

Trauma

Traditional health care settings have focused on "What's wrong with you?" rather than "What happened to you?"  There are many kinds of trauma including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, accident or illness, and so much more.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was first brought to the public attention in relation to war veterans, but PTSD can result from a variety of traumatic incidents affecting more than veterans.  Trauma may not look the way you'd expect.

Workplace Harmony

Untreated mental illness is crippling our businesses.  Per the CDC, depression is a major cause of disability, absenteeism, presenteeism and productivity loss among working-age adults.  It's estimated to cause 200 million lost workdays each year and cost employers $17 to $44 billion.  Prescription drug misuse is also have a a significant impact on Indiana employers, with 80 percent of employers having observed misuse by their employees. Additionally, prolongued conflict can negatively affect mental health.

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