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Beat the Winter Blues

Ken Skouby, Clinical Director of CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia, talks about Winter Blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and how to create “sunshine” in your life during the winter months.

Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

1. What are the “Winter Blues”? “Winter Blues” are generally thought of as feelings of sadness, loneliness, depression and even anxiety in the winter months, and especially during or around holiday time. Any factor that can cause depression, stress, or anxiety in an individual can bring on the blues or worsen those conditions at holiday time. Stressful family situations and illness in the family can be predisposing factors. Unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and excessive commitments can also contribute. And certain people may feel anxious or depressed around the winter holidays due to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sometimes referred to as seasonal depression. 2. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that becomes commonplace as the days grow shorter from fall through winter. Many people experience depression as a result of colder, darker days, and often find that they eat and sleep slightly more during the winter. The effects of SAD can range from...Read More >

Compass Health Leaders Visit CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia

Compass Health Leaders Tour CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia. Helping individuals and families affected by mental health and substance abuse issues often requires collaboration among many local and regional behavioral health providers to provide a full continuum of services. Toward that end, CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia was pleased to welcome Compass Health leaders for a tour of our hospital and services, and to discuss ways to help the individuals and families we mutually serve.    

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia Announces November 2019 Employee of the Month – Linda L.

CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia is pleased to announce that Linda L. has been selected as EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2019! Some of the ways that Linda has distinguished herself are noted below. Linda . . . . Is a team player and a good trainer! Is a hard worker. Always has the best interests of the patient in mind and treats EVERYONE with respect. Does her work with a smile on her face! Is persistent, punctual, personable. Never complains. Is a pleasure to work with! Is sincere Is a good leader and positive team member – a good role model! Goes above and beyond! Congratulations, Linda! From the Administration and Staff of CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia

Celebrating the Holidays at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia

 

A New Treatment for Alzheimer’s? It Starts With Lifestyle

Read original article HERE. Sally Weinrich knew something was terribly wrong. On two separate occasions, she forgot to pick up her grandkids from school, and she kept mixing up their names. The 70-year-old retired nursing professor had to face reality. Her worsening symptoms — the forgetfulness and confusion, the difficulties communicating and organizing activities — weren’t just stress or the normal wear and tear of aging. She lived in a matchless setting, on a lake in South Carolina, nestled in a bucolic wood. She swam daily and kayaked three days a week. But even her purposefully healthy lifestyle couldn’t protect her from the darkness she feared most: Alzheimer’s disease. In 2015, imaging tests revealed the presence of amyloid plaques, the sticky proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease that collect around brain cells and interfere with relaying messages. Weinrich also eventually learned she carried the ApoE4 gene, which increases the odds of developing Alzheimer’s. The disease was diagnosed after a neuropsychological evaluation....Read More >

New 3-digit number for Suicide Prevention Hotline Proposed by FCC

FCC moves ahead with proposal for new 3-digit number as Suicide Prevention Hotline.  Learn more HERE.

MU Gerontology Conference Explores Alzheimer’s, Hospice, Medical Marijuana and more…

MU 30th Annual Gerontology Nursing Conference featured the presentation, “My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver,” by Martin James “Marty” Schreiber, former Governor of Wisconsin, and caregiver for his beloved wife, Elaine, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  “If there’s one thing worse than Alzheimer’s, it’s ignorance of the disease,” noted Schreiber.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment Services at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia

Thanksgiving Holiday Meal for Families Prepared With Love!

Many thanks to our dedicated and talented Dietary Staff at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia who arrive bright and early every morning to prepare nutritious meals for our patients.  In the spirit of the season, on Thanksgiving Day the Dietary Staff also prepared a delicious Thanksgiving meal for all the families to enjoy with their loved ones.  How lovely!

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