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Depression is a medical illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression can cause physical symptoms, too. Also called major depression, major depressive disorder and clinical depression.

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Use mindfulness to improve well-being

If you've heard of or read about mindfulness — a form of meditation — you might be curious about how to practice it. Find out how to do mindfulness exercises and how they might benefit you.

June 22, 2020
Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder explained

Are you starting to feel a little blue this winter? Long, dark days can affect your mood. Learn about seasonal affective disorder and how you can manage the symptoms.

Kyja Stygar, M.D. By Kyja Stygar January 16, 2018

Could you be depressed?

Do you always feel tired? Have you lost interest in hobbies that you used to love? Do you sometime think you don’t feel like you anymore? Learn about depression and get some tips to help you feel more like yourself.

Daniel Lynch, L.P.C. By Daniel Lynch March 1, 2017

When grief goes unacknowledged

The holiday can be a difficult time for many, especially if you are dealing with unacknowledged grief.

December 22, 2016

College students and depression

As college students returned or entered college this fall, the important issue of anxiety and depression is a discussion that parents, college students and professionals who work with students do not want to forget.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham October 13, 2016

Answers about oft-questioned psychiatric medications

Taking medications on a daily basis can be a chore, but it becomes more challenging if there’s lack of understanding of or misconceptions about your medication. Many patients are skeptical about taking psychiatric medications. Here are the facts.

June 22, 2015
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Offering support to the grieving

A traumatic event often causes deep-rooted, profound feelings. Depending on the nature of the event, those feelings may be fear, confusion, grief or a combination of emotions. Feelings of traumatic grief are complex and encompass many challenges and reactions — both emotional and physical. In order to effectively support someone who is grieving, you must first understand grief’s nuances.

Jessie Wolf LICSW By Jessie Wolf June 9, 2015

Depression — Let's snap out of expecting to snap out of it

Depression is an illness that often is mistakenly thought of as a condition that can be overcome with positive thinking. It's not that easy or simple.

April 29, 2015
Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C.

Seasonal affective disorder: Not just the winter blues

The holiday season has passed. In the Midwest, we are settling in for a few more months of cold weather. These months can be challenging. For some of you, the added stress of seasonal mood changes can be an unwelcome visitor. But it may be more than just a case of the winter blues.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham January 15, 2015
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Coping with holiday stress — Keeping our expectations realistic

The holiday season is just weeks away. For many of us, the holiday season brings hopes of beautiful times spent with family, friends and loved ones. But for some, it's the start of the "season of stress."

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham November 10, 2014
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National Bullying Prevention Month: Educating children and ourselves

Bullying is any behavior causing physical or emotional harm to another person. Learn more about the forms it takes and what you can do to help prevent bullying.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham October 17, 2014
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Can massage relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress?

Having a massage is not just for those wanting to be pampered or have a spa-like experience. Therapeutic massage has clinically proven benefits for the recipient, such as reduced stress, anxiety and depression.

June 25, 2014