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Have you ever been mellow?

Through my years as a physician, I have developed an interest in what I call “rustproofing people”—taking good care of ourselves, like we do of our cars in order to last longer and look better. There is a great deal written about taking care of one’s physical health—common sense and moderation in food and drink, [...]

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Your path to radical acceptance

Marsha Linehan is a  psychologist who developed a type of behavior therapy known as Dialectical Behavior Therapy.   The therapy was initially developed by her as a treatment for individuals who had a history of self-destructive and severe mental health problems.  In her five-moduled therapy, individuals learn how to become more resilient in the face of [...]

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What is binge eating disorder?

Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by repeated periods of eating large quantities of food, combined with a sense of loss of control without regular compensatory behaviors (purging, laxatives, exercising excessively). Symptoms include: a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control how much one is eating, eating much more rapidly than normal, eating until [...]

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Childhood anxiety: how to help your child with worries

It would be wonderful if the innocence of childhood could be worry-free. Unfortunately, many children can by filled with worry, anxiety and fear. The good news is that teaching children ways to manage worries and cope positively with anxiety as they develop can have a lifelong positive impact. What is anxiety? An automatic response built [...]

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Savant Syndrome: A little Rain Man within us all?

I met my first savant in 1962 when I developed a Children’s Unit at Winnebago Mental Health Institute.  This jarring juxtaposition of ability and disability in the same person intrigued me then, and intrigues me still.  The savant best known to the Fond du Lac area is Leslie Lemke who many remember from the story [...]

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Spring 2014 ASTOP Newsletter

ASTOP is a Sexual Assault Service Provider offering treatment, outreach, prevention, and advocacy, emphasizing hope and connection to self and others located in Fond du Lac and Green Lake counties. “The Healing Resource” is ASTOP’s quarterly publication, focusing on community outreach, prevention education, awareness and agency initiatives.

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Signs My Child Needs Mental Health Support

It is normal for children and teens to go through a variety of emotional changes; however, when a child is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, these changes can continue to disrupt their daily life if left untreated. What are some ways to tell if my child needs professional help? 1)      Mood Swings. There has been [...]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part Three)

Part Three: helping loved ones Helping a person who drinks too much takes knowledge, compassion and patience. Some actions are helpful and others are not. Do: Try to remain calm, unemotional and factually honest about how the person’s drinking abuse hurts you and others. Discuss the concern with someone you trust – a friend, clergy [...]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part Two)

Part Two: how does alcohol affect you? The reason that alcohol can cause such extensive damage to the body is because it goes everywhere. There is no body cell resistant to alcohol. Your Appearance – According to researchers, more than one or two drinks a week promotes aging. Alcohol is considered a food with non-nutritional [...]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part One)

Part One: alcohol, drug abuse growing issue How many more tragedies need to occur? Each of us somehow or in some way has been adversely affected by the sobering consequences of alcohol-related concerns. The facts and statistics speak for themselves. One in every three suicide involves alcohol. Seventy-five percent of men and 50 percent of [...]

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