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Changing your attitude to loose that spare tire

Are you carrying around a few extra pounds and not sure how to get rid of it? Have you tried every fad diet, bizarre food combination or late night TV gadget that promises weight loss? Well, you must face this fact – no matter what late night TV fitness guru preaches – gimmicks do not [...]

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Is the mischief in drugs or in people?

In the 1960s when I was superintendent of the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, we began to see an influx, for the first time, of a number of teenage and young adult drug abusers. This was happening throughout the United States and other countries. There were very few programs in the country specializing in treatment of [...]

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Self-care for helpers: caring for yourself so you can care for others

You became a teacher, nurse, therapist or other helping professional because you want to make a difference; because you enjoy caring for others; because you have gifts that allow you to do things that are important to others. It is that passion that makes you a great professional – the same passion that can also [...]

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Improving Self-Esteem in Children and Adolescents

The way we feel about ourselves has a huge impact on the way we treat ourselves and others, and on the kinds of choices we make.  Many parents question how to help raise their children’s self esteem. Parents can model healthy self esteem by their own words and actions Parents can sincerely praise their children [...]

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Helping Kids Get Organized

Back to school time again! You’ve likely started out with the best intentions of helping your child get organized for the year. You’ve purchased all the school supplies and helped your child prepare for the school year. The backpack, desk and locker look great for the first few days of school. So, will it last [...]

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Helping Kids and Teens Return to School And Succeed Academically

It happens every year at this time. Parents and kids across the country are getting ready for the start of the school year once again. There are certain key practices that will make life easier for everyone in the family when it comes to managing schoolwork. Generally speaking, families can start the school year off [...]

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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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Acquired Savant Syndrome: Accessing our ‘inner savant’

About one in ten persons with autism is a savant.  Savant syndrome is a remarkable condition in which extraordinary musical, artistic or mathematical skills exist side by side with autism or other serious mental disability.    It raises questions about how often dormant potential goes undiscovered in persons with handicaps.  But recent cases of ‘acquired savant [...]

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To Delete or Not Delete: That is the Question

The other day, I was going through the texts on my phone. I have the phone set so that it automatically saves incoming texts. I often delete texts that I send right away to save space on my phone. (Believe it or not, I don’t have a smart phone.)  As I was looking at past [...]

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Healing Thoughts: August 2014

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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