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Back to School Tips

Written by: Jennifer Specht, PhD Outpatient Behavioral Health Services The start of school can be a stressful and anxiety provoking time for the entire family.  Going from the laid back times of summer to the routine and structure of the school year is a difficult transition for many families. Here are three simple ways to […]

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An Island of Intactness

My first introduction to autism was a rather jarring one.  It was my first day on my child psychiatry rotation.  The Department was in a house on the University Hospitals campus in Madison.  As I approached the house I heard a very loud “thump!, thump!, thump!” sound which literally rattled the rafters of the house. […]

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Focus on gratitude with a mindful attitude

I recently took a class on mindfulness and how it relates to stress reduction. Don’t let the word mindfulness freak you out. Think of the Bible verse that says…Psalm 8:3-5: “When I consider your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that […]

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Learning the hard lessons of raising independent children

Written by: Tamara Langhoff, APNP at the Treffert Clinic My best friend has always come to me for parenting advice. I guess this is the benefit of having a pediatric nurse practitioner for a “bestie.” My children are three to seven years older than hers; I have “been there and done that.” When I was […]

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Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis: Dealing with Depression

For those living with multiple sclerosis (MS), there can be periods of sadness and frustration. Such feelings are normal and expected and typically come and go. However, when a person experiences these feelings more days than not, it might be due to depression. In fact, depression is common in those living with MS. While this […]

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Is it possible to feel hope during grief?

Hope. This is a word I have been thinking a lot about lately. Is it possible to feel hope when we are feeling like our world is torn apart because our loved one has died? My answer to that question is YES! I believe that hope is an important part of grieving. Continuing our relationship […]

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Healing Thoughts: July 2016

Through Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services, support is available during this grieving process to individuals and their families following the death of a loved one. All services are offered at no charge and are available to any individual or group who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. Check out this month’s Healing […]

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Autism speaks – literally

Just because a person with autism cannot speak doesn’t mean they have nothing to say. The availability of more and more technologically advanced assisted typing and speaking devices has released a treasure of until now imprisoned thoughts and insight in some children and adults with autism. I get many “I have a son or daughter […]

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Sticky notes to self…

I love sticky notes…I use them and put them in my path to remind me to do something; get something or simply write on is a pick up phrase or Bible verse that I need to hear over and over again. Use the mental image of a sticky note or the real deal to motivate […]

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Yoga is a key piece of one’s healing journey

Written by: Lauren Villegas, PsyD, psychotherapist, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Cancer steals your breath; yoga gives it back. As a psychotherapist and a yoga teacher, I am always trying to figure out ways that I can combine my two passions in a meaningful way. I recently began researching the impact yoga has on common side effects […]

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