Aspen Answers: tips from our staff to help you and your family deal with current life situations
If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020.
Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.
CANCER DIAGNOSIS INCREASES SUICIDE RISK PREVENTING SUICIDE
FEARFUL MOMENTS DO WE LIVE IN AN AGE OF ANXIETY?
BECOMING MINDFUL OF EATING HABITS STRUGGLING WITH HEART FAILURE
GOING FROM BAD TO WORSE FEELING STRESSED AT WORK?
CHILDREN AND ANXIETY CAPSULE SUMMARY
INFLATED SENSE OF SELF AFTER A HEART ATTACK
REAL MEN GET DEPRESSED TOO YOUTHFUL OBSESSIONS AND COMPULSIONS
SLEEP ON IT? DEALING WITH PREGNANCY RELATED DEPRESSION
ARE YOU PART OF THE 20 PERCENT? FEELING LEFT OUT?
MATTERS OF PERCEPTION REAL MEN GET DEPRESSED, TOO
TIME FOR A CHANGE? EFFECTS OF CHILD ABUSE?
ADDICTIVE CHOICES MEN ALSO BINGE EAT
FEELING LEFT OUT? NOT JUST ANOTHER RITE OF PASSAGE
FEAR OF PUBLIC PLACES DEPRESSED OVER LACK OF SLEEP?
TREATING CHRONIC FATIGUE MANAGING ANGER
DINING WITH FAMILY BENEFITS TEEN GIRLS LIVING UP TO OUR POTENTIAL
LIVING IN STRESSFUL TIMES CARING FOR CAREGIVERS
YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW INSIGHTS INTO ADDICTION
CHILDISH BEHAVIOR AT WORK UNEXPRESSED ANGER HARMS THE HEART
OF PRIMARY INTREST AN EXAMINATION OF BULLYING
TRAINING YOURSELF TO SLEEP TREATING ADULT ADHD
FAMILY CONCERNS FIGHTING IN FRONT OF YOUR KIDS?
GOT YOUR BACK!  

Aspen Answers

PREVENTING SUICIDE

There are a number of trends nationally that local statistics mimic. Completed suicides have been rising in recent years and Columbia County has also. Both Wisconsin and Columbia County have a higher rate than the national averages. Although confirmed numbers of completed suicides do not reflect the actual number, the county has had at least 10 known suicides in each of the last two years. Females attempt more frequently, while males complete attempts more often. Currently there is a push to get information out to schools, agencies, businesses, churches, and civic groups to assist with the magnitude of this issue, as well as teach early identification signs that may be instrumental in preventing a suicide. There are several myths about providing suicide information to the public. One is that it promotes suicide as a way to cope. The fact is that approaching the topic of suicide in a straight forward but not glorifying manner actually decreases the likelihood of an attempt.

Suicide is one of the highest health risks that is preventable. The educational program used both nationally and locally is QPR, the acronym for Question, Persuade, and Refer. It is a program that can be made available to your group and is provided by several area trainers. We have community outreach goals to reach several groups this year. If you are interested in a presentation, you may contact Deb Milman at Human Services, (608)742-9227. If you or someone you know is presenting with suicidal thought, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, our staff can provide help. Please call us at (608)742- 5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1.

Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice. P.S. Prevention and early intervention for suicidal thinking not only saves lives but improves the quality of life.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

 

Aspen Answers

CANCER DIAGNOSIS INCREASES SUICIDE RISK

Patients presented with cancer diagnoses are likely to experience fairly immediate reactions, both physical and psychological. On the one hand, a cancer diagnosis has been found to increase the likelihood of dying from a cardiovascular cause (heart attack); on the other, being diagnosed with cancer is associated with an increased risk of committing suicide. The risk of suicide begins in the first week of a cancer diagnosis and persists up to one year and beyond, while the risk of cardiovascular death lasts about six months for those with cancer diagnoses. This information should lead to an increased awareness of the possibility of both outcomes and preventive treatments for each. These associations are no longer though to be consequences of treatment.

A cancer diagnosis and suicidal thoughts are both urgent reasons to make an appointment with us right away. Our compassionate counselors can help you through this crisis in your life by providing proven techniques and a safe space. You deserve help during this difficult time in your life. In addition to help with depression, we can also help you with fear, anxiety, grief, or stress. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742- 5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1.

Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice. P.S.: A cancer diagnosis is a major stress factor in that some patients view it as a virtual “death sentence,” which may no longer necessarily be the case.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Aspen Answers

FEARFUL MOMENTS

An estimated 19 million Americans experience irrational fears (also known as “specific phobias”) that cause life-altering anxiety. As a result, they go out of their way to avoid the anxiety-triggering object or situation. Perhaps the most well-known example of a specific phobia is the fear of flying. Whether this fear is engendered by the fear of dying in a plane crash, being exposed to the radiation of scanning machines at the airport, or other irrational concerns, it may help to look at the facts. For instance, far more people die in automobile crashes than in jet crashes, and the radiation in tanning salons poses a bigger cancer risk than scanning machines.

Counseling can help people face their fears and overcome them. Are you in the clutches of a phobia? Is it interfering with your life? We understand and we are here to help you. Our experienced counselors can provide the compassionate help that you need to be able to let go of your fear and be able to live a happier, healthier life. In addition to help with fear and anxiety, we can also provide you with a safe space for dealing with depression, grief, or stress. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1.

Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice. P.S.: We tend to fear most the things that are out of our control.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Aspen Answers

DO WE LIVE IN AN AGE OF ANXIETY?

According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, 2% to 4% of Americans suffered from an anxiety disorder in 1980. Fourteen years later, that number increased to 14%, and then to 49.5% in 2009. This tremendous increase means that either we are getting better at diagnosing anxiety or that the DSM’s definition of anxiety has broadened. It is also quite possible that we live in economically threatening times that render us anxious. Whatever the answer, it is important to realize that anxiety is the most basic of human emotions. It enables us to adapt to changing circumstances by creating new coping mechanisms. On the other hand, if anxiety impairs function, help should be sought. Are you gripped by anxiety? Do you worry all the time? Is it interfering with your life? We understand and we are here to help you. Our experienced counselors can provide the compassionate help that you need to be able to let go of your anxiety and be able to live a happier, healthier life. In addition to help with anxiety, we can also provide you with a safe space for dealing with depression, grief, or stress. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice. Hint: Talk therapy can help anxious individuals identify the root cause(s) of their anxiety and better manage their emotions.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Barry Erath

INFLATED SENSE OF SELF

It is certainly a good thing to have self-confidence and high self-esteem, but there is also such a thing as too much of these good things. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is the term used to describe people with an inflated sense of self-importance and extreme self-preoccupation. The trouble that people with NPD can run into is that they are unable to feel empathy for others, nor are they able to gain insight into themselves. Instead, while preoccupying themselves with idealized self-images, those with NPD crave admiration and repel criticism. As a result, relationships suffer. While causes of this disorder are unknown, it can be diagnosed (on the basis of a psychological evaluation) and treated (with talk therapy).

Of course, NPD can have an extreme effect on your relationships. But many times relationships suffer through the wear and tear of living everyday life, with no extraordinary cause at all. We can help you repair your relationships, no matter what the cause. Our caring counselors provide a safe space and proven techniques for you to help repair your relationships.

If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice. P.S. A personality disorder is defined as “an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it.”

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Aspen Answers

STRUGGLING WITH HEART FAILURE

Because heart failure (HF) can lead to significant heart complications and reduced quality of life, both male and female patients can become depressed as a result. While depression is more common among women HF patients, men with HF often suffer depression of greater severity. This may be due to the fact that the physical weakness associated with HF is particularly difficult for men to bear because of the traditional views of masculinity held by many. However, this is an important matter to address regardless of gender. Without proper treatment, depression may lead to a worsening heart condition due to failure to take medicine, exercise, or eat properly.

reating heart disease involves treating the head as well as the heart. Of course, if you’ve suffered from heart failure and you’re wrestling with depression, you should get help now. We know that depression doesn’t have to have an obvious cause, like heart failure. Depression can strike anyone at any time for any reason, or for no reason at all. Our compassionate counselors can provide you with the proven techniques and safe space that you need to be healthy again.

Call 608-742-5020 for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice. P.S. Warning signs of depression among heart patients include loss of interest in activities, changes in weight and/or sleeping patterns, feelings of hopelessness, and withdrawal

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

BECOMING MINDFUL OF EATING HABITS

One of the proven ways to deal with obesity involves cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on changing the way that people think about eating and other lifestyle habits. As a result of CBT, obese individuals develop practical ways to improve their dietary habits, such as keeping an “eating diary.” Not only does CBT help individuals manage obesity, it may also benefit their families. It seems that CBT exerts a “ripple effect” that helps family members of the person being directly treated to shed pounds by instituting some healthy dietary changes themselves. Because CBT requires real commitment to change, motivated individuals and supportive families experience the best results. Cognitive behavioral therapy requires a commitment to changing attitude and behavior.

If you would like to use CBT to change your eating habits, or any bad habits that may be negatively impacting your life, then please call our office for an appointment. Our caring counselors provided a safe space and an understanding ear as well as proven techniques to help you address behavior that is dragging you down. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. Cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of obesity may be covered by insurance.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

FEELING STRESSED AT WORK?

If you feel stressed at work, you are hardly alone. A recent poll of nearly 900 American employees shows that about three in every four are stressed at work. For the second consecutive year, low pay is the most common cause of work-related stress. Poor work/life balance; lack of advancement opportunity; working outside one’s chosen career; unreasonable workloads; annoying co-workers; and, of course, unreasonable bosses were all found to be among the top reasons for work-induced stress. While psychological counseling may not directly help workers get a better job, higher pay, or a new boss, it may help stressed employees better deal with their present situations. Bringing a new attitude and coping mechanisms to work can go a long way.

Of course, in addition to work, stress can come from many other sources. If you feel overly stressed for any reason, you need to call right away. Our compassionate counselors can provide you with proven techniques for dealing with your stress, regardless of its source. We can also help you if you’re wrestling with grief, depression, or anxiety. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742- 5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1 for an appointment. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. By altering expectations, employees may be able to redirect outcomes in ways that lead to better relationships with bosses and co-workers.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

GOING FROM BAD TO WORSE

Like many maladies, depression can get worse if left untreated. In fact, research shows that many people whose depression goes untreated find that their symptoms persist and worsen over time. According to a study involving nearly 350 adults who had been diagnosed with mild depressive symptoms, 62 percent experienced major depression four years later without any intervening treatment. Moreover, those facing major depression experienced lower levels of social functioning and were more than six times more likely than non-depressed individuals to have made one or more visits to a psychiatric emergency room in the preceding year. In light of this study, even mild depression should not be regarded as something that will “go away.”

Treatment now avoids treatment later. Clearly, it’s vital for your continued well being to treat even mild depressive symptoms right away. Our caring counselors understand depression and can help you feel better with proven techniques and a safe space. In addition, we can also help you if you are dealing with detrimental effects from stress or anxiety.

If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1 for an appointment. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

CAPSULE SUMMARY

In recent years, investigations into the biological causes of depression have shown that anti-depressant medications can effectively relieve symptoms in many cases. However, no one should presume that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which target brain chemicals linked with depression, are necessarily a cure-all. One government study shows that fewer than half of people on antidepressants become symptom-free even after trying two different SSRIs. Moreover, many who find medication to be initially effective slip back into depression within a short time while still taking the drug. Side effects also lead many to stop taking the medication. Depression should be treated as an illness with many possible causes, some of which can be adequately addressed with psychological therapy.

If you are depressed, it’s vital to your health that you get personalized treatment from a qualified counselor, instead of relying purely on medication.

Our counselors can provide you with proven techniques for dealing with your depression, whether or not you take antidepressants. We can also help you if you’re wrestling with grief, stress, or anxiety. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

CHILDREN AND ANXIETY

Children who experience excessive anxiety respond well to a broad range of interventions. This often is overlooked by doctors and other providers of mental health services. For example, some children who experience generalized anxiety or obvious effects of trauma are misdiagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and treated with stimulant medication. Children frequently are placed on such medication without adequate consultation with teachers and parents, without taking a developmental history, and with little thought about the feelings of a troubled child going on and off short-acting stimulants day in and day out. For some kids who report suicidal thoughts, self harm is a remote risk but is one of many intrusive thoughts and fears that they can’t seem to shake off. Before doing a thoughtful assessment, some authorities react to such a child’s suicidal talk with emergency detention in a hospital. This kind of response can be costly and can undermine a child’s sense of control over his own life. Some children who are plagued by morbid fears are in need of help for underlying problems with anxiety, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Children with developmental problems frequently are quite anxious. Those with disruptive behaviors, as well, may relax and become increasingly cooperative once their challenges are thoroughly addressed. This is well known among teachers.

If your child is experiencing problems with anxiety, we may be able to help. You may contact us at contact us at 608-742-5020 and 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1 for an appointment. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

AFTER A HEART ATTACK

Depression is seen in many individuals following a heart attack. Social isolation, difficulty handling emotions, and too much stress can impede recovery. Psychological counseling should be considered in post heart-attack rehabilitation plans.

We know that not all depression has a clear or dramatic cause. But a recent study by a Dutch epidemiologist suggested that the incidence of subsequent cardiac events was especially high for patients whose first diagnosis with depression was after they suffered a heart attack.

We have a staff experienced in the treatment of depression. Call 608-742-5020 for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1, Portage. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Barry Erath

REAL MEN GET DEPRESSED TOO

Although depression may be more common among women, men also get depressed. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, at least six million men in this country suffer from depression each year. Those affected should not try to dismiss their conditions or neglect treatment out of embarrassment because the risks of doing so are potentially life threatening. Not only does depression increase the risk of serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke, it is also the leading cause of suicide. Men are four times more likely than women to take their own lives. Depression is more than simply feeling sad and unmotivated. It is a health problem that can be effectively treated.

If you are depressed, it’s vital to your health that you get treatment, the same way you would for an infected appendix. Our counselors can provide you with proven techniques for dealing with your depression, regardless of your gender. We can also help you if you’re wrestling with grief, depression, or anxiety.

If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice. P.S. Symptoms of depression in men may include escapist behavior, controlling/abusive/violent behavior, alcohol or substance abuse, inappropriate anger, and unhealthy sexual relationships.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

DrVasey

YOUTHFUL OBSESSIONS AND COMPULSIONS

It is hardly uncommon for youngsters at various points in their lives to be concerned with matters such as symmetry and having things perfect, as exemplified by avoiding sidewalk cracks and insisting on bedtime rituals. However, when such concerns become so overriding that they interfere with the ability to conduct their everyday lives, the problem may be characterized as “obsessive compulsive disorder” (OCD). While this mental disorder afflicts between one and two percent of American adults, it often originates in childhood or adolescence as early as age three years. To treat the problem (and better earlier than later), mental health professionals may employ a version of cognitive behavioral therapy known as “exposure and response prevention” to help OCD sufferers tolerate their anxiety.

Of course, if you or a loved one is suffering from OCD, it’s vital that you get treatment right away. We know that you needn’t be suffering from such a dramatic issue to benefit from a little help. Anxiety, stress, or depression all can have a serious negative effect on you life.

We can provide you with the safe space and proven techniques you need to deal with your problems, whether you’re wrestling with OCD or depression. You deserve to be healthy again. Call 608-742- 5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

EFFECTS OF CHILD ABUSE?

When researchers recently used brain scans to study the effects of child abuse and emotional violence on children’s development, they found that abused children’s brain activity patterns were similar to those of combat soldiers. Heightened activity in two areas of the brain associated with detecting potential threats led the abused children to become as “hyper-aware” of dangers in their environment as soldiers were in theirs. Some researchers speculate that this enhanced reactivity to such threats as anger may lead abused children to be more susceptible to mental illness later in their lives. This would help explain why maltreated children are twice as likely as children with normal childhoods to experience persistent and recurrent depression. These children need our help. If you or a loved one has suffered from child abuse and you are dealing with the effects, you deserve help. We can provide the support and compassion that you need to deal with the various effects of an abusive childhood, including stress, anxiety, and depression.

If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice. P.S. Childhood maltreatment is one of the most influential risk factors linked to later-life mental health problems such as anxiety disorders and depression.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Aspen Answers

DEALING WITH PREGNANCY RELATED DEPRESSION

Pregnancy and the post-partum period are times when women might feel particularly vulnerable to depression, which strikes one in ten women during pregnancy or shortly thereafter. Changes in a woman’s body, along with hormonal fluctuations, can be particularly difficult for pregnant women with psychiatric issues. This is especially true for women who have an eating disorder or have suffered physical or sexual abuse. Because these mental health factors are known to increase a woman’s risk for depression during and directly after pregnancy, women with these issues may want to include psychological counseling as part of their prenatal care. Doing so may help avert potential problems for both mother and child, which is reason enough to seek help.

Of course, if you are dealing with pregnancy related depression, or post-partum depression, it’s vital that you get help right away, for your sake and for the sake of your family. Our counselors understand that not all depression has such an obvious cause as pregnancy or birth. Depression can strike anyone at anytime, and for any reason at all. Sometimes, it can strike for no reason at all. Let us provide a safe space and proven techniques for dealing with your depression. You deserve to be healthy again.

P.S. Children of depressed mothers are more likely to develop mental health problems, and children of mothers with eating disorders are at higher risk of developing an eating disorder themselves.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Barry Erath

SLEEP ON IT?

Many people believe that it is better to get a good night’s sleep before making an important (or difficult) decision. However, sleeping after experiencing a traumatic event may be an entirely different matter. According to new research, sleeping following a traumatic event might only serve to lock in bad memories and emotions. The inability to sleep after experiencing trauma may be indicative of a biological response. In short, it may be a healthy response that enables us to get past traumatic events. That doesn’t mean that anyone should avoid sleep just because he or she had a bad day. However, it may be better to absorb (and/or talk about) disturbing events fully rather than take a sleeping pill. Have you recently dealt with a major trauma? Are you having difficulty sleeping, due to a trauma or for any reason at all? Our compassionate counselors provide you with the proven technique you need to deal with any situation that might be causing you anxiety, stress, depression, or even insomnia. We are here to help you be healthy again, because you deserve it.

P.S. By processing emotion, we learn how to cope.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

FEELING LEFT OUT?

We all feel the need to be included, whether it is at home, at work, or at play. Unfortunately, however individuals are often ostracized due to perceived or real social mistakes. As a result of being excluded, ostracized individuals may endure pain that is as real as physical pain. Research shows that the area of the brain responsible for pain response (anterior cingulate cortex) and the area involved with coping with pain (right ventral prefrontal cortex) show increased activity in response to an individual feeling excluded. The three stages of the response to being left out include pain, coping, and (if the exclusion persists) depression and helplessness. Addressing and treating these feelings can help boost self-esteem. Of course, if social exclusion has caused depression, you should seek help immediately. But our counselors know that not all depression has to have such a glaring cause. Depression often strikes for no apparent reason. We can provide you with the safe space and proven techniques you need to deal with your depression, and the underlying cause, if there is one, and get back into the swing of things. You deserve to be healthy again.

P.S. Those who feel excluded tend to pay closer attention to people’s facial expressions and to unconsciously mimic their body language.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

ARE YOU PART OF THE 20 PERCENT?

If you are feeling very stressed, you may take at least some solace in the fact that many of the people around you share the same feelings. According to the annual “Stress in America” survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, more than one in five Americans say that they experience chronic “severe stress.” Only 29% of adults think that they are doing an excellent or very good job of managing or reducing stress. Oddly, only 31% of the survey’s respondents believe that their stress levels adversely affect their health despite scientific evidence that shows the contrary to be true. Perhaps there is a degree of denial involved. Addressing the matter head-on may help avert stress and its consequences.

Stress can have pervasive and long-lasting effects on your health, your family, and other aspects of your life. If you feel overwhelmed by stress, please call our office for an appointment. Our compassionate counselors can provide you with proven techniques for dealing with stress, reducing stress and mitigating stress’s negative effects on you life. We can also help you if you’re wrestling with grief, depression, or anxiety.

P.S. The one piece of good news to take away from the study mentioned above is that Americans’ stress levels are down by a slight margin from last year.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Barry Erath

REAL MEN GET DEPRESSED, TOO

Although depression may be more common among women, men also get depressed. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, at least six million men in this country suffer from depression each year. Those affected should not try to dismiss their conditions or neglect treatment out of embarrassment because the risks of doing so are potentially life threatening. Not only does depression increase the risk of serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke, it is also the leading cause of suicide. Men are four times more likely than women to take their own lives. Depression is more than simply feeling sad and unmotivated. It is a health problem that can be effectively treated.

If you are depressed, it’s vital to your health that you get treatment, the same way you would for an infected appendix. Our counselors can provide you with proven techniques for dealing with your depression, regardless of your gender. We can also help you if you’re wrestling with grief, depression, or anxiety.

P.S. Symptoms of depression in men may include escapist behavior, controlling/abusive/violent behavior, alcohol or substance abuse, inappropriate anger, and unhealthy sexual relationships.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

MATTERS OF PERCEPTION

A primary tenet of cognitive therapy is that the way a person thinks about events often has more power to disturb him or her than the events themselves. With this in mind, the goal of treatment is to teach people how their own thoughts dictate their feelings, and then help them change their thinking in ways that render potentially disturbing events less so. Those who might benefit from cognitive therapy include people who tend to think in black-and-white terms and/or jump to conclusions. Other counter-productive modes of thinking involve over generalizing, rejecting positive experiences for arbitrary reasons, catastrophizing (emphasizing the negative implications of) events, and taking matters very personally. A therapist can help change these ways of thinking.

Do you find your thought patterns create negative feelings or outcomes? Are you interested in learning to think in a way that improves your life instead? Our compassionate counselors provide you with the proven technique you need, including cognitive therapy. We offer a safe space, comforting ear, and good advice whether you’re dealing with stress, depression, or anxiety. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. Another “cognitive distortion,” in addition to those listed above, is having should/must/ought thoughts that suggest there is a particular way that one must function.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspwn Answers

MEN ALSO BINGE EAT

Binge eating, which is defined as having at least one episode per month of overeating “with a sense of loss of control,” is often thought of a woman’s disorder. However, according to an analysis of over 45,000 men and women, researchers report that about 7.5% of men and 11% or women binge eat. On the basis of that finding, it is estimated that one man in ten in the general population binge eats, which is a condition that is just as damaging to men as it is to women. Men are less likely to seek help for this (and other) eating disorders(s) because males often consider eating disorders to be socially less acceptable than other addictive behaviors. Of course, if you are suffering from binge eating, you need to seek help right away. But you needn’t be suffering from something so obvious to deserve help. Our compassionate counselors can provide proven techniques and a safe space to help you deal with a variety of issues, from eating disorders to depression, anxiety, and stress.

You deserve to be healthy and we can help that happen. Call 608-742-5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice. P.S. Binge eating is not only associated with obesity and cardiovascular disease, it is also linked with depression, anxiety, and sleep problems.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Barry Erath

TIME FOR A CHANGE?

At mid-life, many people re-examine the way they have been coping with stress and decide to make some changes. If so, psychotherapy can provide an effective means of bringing greater satisfaction to one’s life. One very popular type of psychotherapy is “psychodynamic therapy,” which begins with awareness of past experiences and feelings that might unconsciously influence current emotional well-being and functioning. By gaining insight into their motivation and conflicts, it may be possible to develop more productive ways to cope with them. Another popular form of therapy, “behavioral therapy,” concentrates less on the past and the unconscious and, instead, focuses on ways to change harmful thinking and behavior patterns. The best therapy is the one that works for you. No matter what your age and what your preferred form of therapy, if you feel that you need a change in how you deal with stress, now is a great time to call our office.

Our compassionate counselors can offer a variety of proven techniques and useful tools to help you deal with stress. In addition, we can help if you’re wrestling with depression, anger issues, or anxiety. Call 608-742-5020 today for an appointment.. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. Perhaps the most important aspect of psychotherapy is the dynamic between therapist and client.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Aspen Answers

NOT JUST ANOTHER RITE OF PASSAGE

As research accumulates on the issue of bullying among children and young adults, it is becoming increasingly clear that this behavior should not be tolerated as just another part of growing up. There is now evidence showing that children cannot be expected simply to “develop a tougher skin” against repeated teasing, threats, gossip, and/ or physical contact. Moreover, bullying may be more pervasive and have more drastic consequences than many might have previously expected. According to a recent survey involving 38,000 students, 38% of middle-school students identified themselves as victims of bullying, among whom nearly 21% reported stress and 17% considered suicide. Among high school students, the corresponding percentages were 28%, 40% and 21%. These are numbers to be taken very seriously.

If you or a loved one is dealing with the mental and emotional fall-out of serious bullying, you need to take action right away. We can provide the support and compassion that you need to deal with this difficult situation. We offer proven techniques and a safe space for dealing with a variety of issues, like depression, stress, and anxiety for any reason, including bullying. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. Cyberbullying exerts even more pronounced harmful effects upon victims than other bullying behaviors because it is more insidious, flying beneath the radar of adults and leaving those harassed with no refuge.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

ADDICTIVE CHOICES

While it would seem that no one would choose to become a drug addict, some people may lack the ability to realize that if they keep taking drugs, they will become addicted. That is to say that addiction may be a decision-making disorder. Addicts may not be able to make the right choice because the part of the brain known as the ventromedial prefrontal cortex does not work properly. This may help explain why drug addicts continue to use drugs in the face of rising consequences. If the prefrontal cortex does not work properly, the “brakes” necessary to prevent dangerous behavior may be lacking. There is hope in the fact that cognitive psychotherapy can help patients with decision-making problems.

If you are early in your drug use pattern, psychological testing or psychiatric medications may offer some positive direction and treatment may interrupt your path of self sabotage before it is too late. If you are further in your process, our caring staff may help you interrupt the pattern before you become a casualty.

Please call our compassionate staff at 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1 in Portage. P.S. Drug addiction may be associated with the inability to hold a job, maintain relationships, and chronic health risks.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspwn Answers

DEPRESSED OVER LACK OF SLEEP?

Most people don’t need a sleep expert to tell them how important a good night’s sleep is. While studies show that sufficient sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions, most people will simply tell you that they feel awful after a poor night’s sleep. At least one study backs up what many insomniacs feel on a gut level. That is, insomnia is related to mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, as well as to substance abuse. It must be pointed out that insomnia has not been found to cause depression, but it is often associated with depression. Often a behavioral sleep specialist can treat the problem using cognitive/ behavioral strategies.

If you are struggling with insomnia, then it is likely that you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues as well. Our compassionate counselors understand that insomnia, depression, and anxiety can affect anyone at any time, for a variety of reasons. We can provide you with the proven tools and safe space you need to deal with this issue. You deserve to be healthy again and we can help that happen. Call 608-742-5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. Sleeping either too much or too little is a classic symptom of depression.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Aspen Answers

FEELING LEFT OUT?

Parents have every right to be leery about their children’s participation in Internet activities that expose them to potential harm. After all, anyone is just one text message away from making a comment or showing an image that has the potential to elicit a firestorm of criticism and rejection. At the same time, it is necessary to recognize that texting has become the predominant means of expression among teens, and social networking sites have become the preferred gathering places. With this in mind, parents must make the effort to set necessary boundaries for their children while still allowing them the freedom to interact with their peers. Often times, failure to grant Internet privileges may lead to feelings of isolation. Parenting in the 21st century is complicated. Parents are forced to deal with new technologies that change with bewildering speed. It’s enough to make your head spin. Our caring counselors know how overwhelming it can be to set rules for technology you might not even understand. We can help with setting proper limits and understanding how to deal with this ever evolving world of adolescence. In addition to family counseling, we also offer help with anxiety, depression, and stress. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742- 5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1.
Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. Parents may want to initiate discussions with their children about Internet protocol by bringing up the issues of impulsive statements,
anonymous confrontation, and hurtful comments.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

 

Barry Erath

MANAGING ANGER

Anger is an emotion that can serve a useful purpose, such as protecting oneself against mistreatment. However, people who become angry over small matters on a consistent basis should know that chronic anger is likely to make them less happy and healthy as well as less optimistic. With these important ramifications in mind, it is important for people to ask themselves whether their health and welfare are more important to them than the circumstance that engenders their anger. When anger wells up, it is also important to ask whether it is an appropriate response to what is bothering them. Anger often is merely a cover up for some deeper hurting feeling. Next, it may help to take a breath and consider whether the situation can be modified in any way.

If you’re wrestling with anger issues, it can affect every aspect of your life and the lives of those around you. Our caring counselors provide a safe space and an understanding ear as well as proven techniques with depression, stress, or anxiety. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. Talk therapy may help individuals with a low boiling point gain some insights into their behavior as a means of understanding it better and learning to choose an alternative response when appropriate.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspwn Answers

TREATING CHRONIC FATIGUE

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a perplexing disorder that is characterized by otherwise unexplained debilitating fatigue that persists for six or more months and is not helped by bed rest. There are no diagnostic tests for the disorder, which may also cause symptoms of problems with sleep and concentration and muscle or joint pain. If there is any good news to report, it is that a comparison of treatments for CFS shows that progressive exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) were found to be effective in reducing fatigue and improving physical function when combined with medical care provided by chronic fatigue specialists. CBT helps CFS sufferers change unhelpful thoughts, including fears about symptoms or activity.

Of course, if you are suffering from CFS, you need to seek treatment right away. But you needn’t be suffering from something as dramatic as CFS to seek help. Depression and stress can strike anyone at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all. Our compassionate counselors understand your very real pain -- whether it’s caused by CFS or by some less dramatic like depression -- and we offer the compassion you want and the proven solutions that you need to get back to your usual healthy self. Call 608-742-5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. While the exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, theories range from viral infections to psychological stress as being possible causes.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Aspen Answers

LIVING UP TO OUR POTENTIAL

Most of us have experienced the feeling that our behavior is standing in the way of realizing the full potential and enjoyment of our lives. It may be that a habitual pattern of behavior is no longer in our best interest. We may have trouble dealing with an inner conflict. Our inability to experience, express or manage emotions may be blocking our ability to love at home, progress at work or live independently. Major disorders, such as depression, panic attacks or a phobia, may be involved. Then, there are the everyday problems, including marital and family conflicts that seem intractable at times. Counseling are/or psychotherapy offers the resources to confront our problems, know ourselves better and make choices that lead to growth.

We would like to welcome you to our biweekly column examining all aspects of mental and emotional health. We hope that you find upcoming installments to be both practical and inspirational. Our office is a unique, full-service, outpatient community resource specializing in comprehensive consultation, evaluation and psychotherapy for families and individuals. Through the work we do together, people redesign their lives and emerge with a powerful sense of self, and as a result, the ability to enjoy life in a most rich and meaningful way.

P.S.: The basic goal of therapy is to assist those who seek it in taking more active and effective control of their lives.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

FEAR OF PUBLIC PLACES

The term “agoraphobia” (derived from the Greek word “agora” for marketplace”) refers to the fear of open or public places. Agoraphobics may suffer symptoms of severe anxiety when they leave home and anticipate being anxious while at home. As a result, they generally avoid situations that trigger anxiety and are afraid to leave particular areas that are familiar to them. In the most severe cases, agoraphobics may be afraid to leave home out of fear of developing panic symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, difficulty breathing, and shakiness. While it is not known for certain why agoraphobia develops, some theorize that it may stem from having a panic attack in a crowed area, which creates a strong avoidance response.

Of course, if you are suffering from agoraphobia, you need to seek treatment right away. But you needn’t be suffering from something so dramatic as a full-blown phobia to seek help. Depression and stress can strike anyone at any time. Our compassionate counselors understand your real difficulty -- whether it’s caused by a dramatic phobia or by something as subtle as depression -- and we offer the compassion you want and the proven solutions that you need to get back to your usual healthy self. Call 608-742-5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. From a talking therapy perspective, agoraphobics may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps them recognize distorted feelings about particular situations that may be causing anxiety and learn to counter the fears they evoke.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

CARING FOR CAREGIVERS

Providing care for a spouse, family member, or friend with a debilitative injury or degenerative disease can be an arduous task for caregivers. Without getting help for themselves, people charged with the responsibility of care giving become increasingly vulnerable to both physical and mental problems of their own. Thus, it comes as troubling news that a recent survey shows that one in four caregivers report that they suffer from depression (as compared to 9% of all Americans that are estimated to suffer from depression). The survey also found that one-third of family caregivers spend more than 30 hours per week in that role. Mental health professionals urge caregivers not to overlook their own needs and seek help when they need it.

If you are suffering from depression—whether it’s from your role as a caregiver or for any other reason—you deserve to be healthy again. That’s why you should call our office for an appointment. Our caring counselors provide a safe space and proven techniques for you to help deal with your depression and come into the light again. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. Without help, some caregivers are confronted with a 24/7 task of caring for an infirm loved one, which is unsustainable.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

DINING WITH FAMILY BENEFITS TEEN GIRLS

Research shows that teenage girls who dine regularly with their families are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. In fact, in families who ate at least five meals per week together, the teen girls were much less likely to drink alcohol or smoke marijuana or cigarettes five years later. Previous analysis of the same study found a stronger association for girls than boys between family meals and a lower risk of eating disorders. Other research by some of the same researchers has also revealed a link between regular family meals and a lower risk of high-risk behaviors, including violence, school problems, and substance abuse in both boys and girls.

It seems that sitting down together exerts a positive influence. Eating together as a family creates an atmosphere of sharing on an emotional level. This demonstration of caring lets your teen know they are important. It is one of the many attributes that builds resilience and coping for your teen.

If you have concerns about your teen, our staff can assist in building those assets that resist negative influences. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1 in Portage. We offer supportive direction with compassion.

P.S. Researchers in the above-mentioned study indicated that the “shared meal” need not be dinner to positively influence teen behavior.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Aspen Answers

INSIGHTS INTO ADDICTION

While it was once thought that addiction could be treated with either punishment or encouragement, the current view is that addiction is a chronic disease that alters both brain structure and function. Whether from taking a drug or eating a delicious meal, the brain registers pleasure by releasing the neurotransmitter dopamine in a cluster of nerve cells underlying the cerebral cortex known as the nucleus accumbens (the brain’s “pleasure center”). Not only is the likelihood that a behavior will lead to addiction linked with the intensity of dopamine release, but dopamine has also been found to play a key role in learning and memory (which factor into transitioning from liking something to becoming addicted to it).

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, it’s vital you get help right away. But you needn’t be wrestling with something as dramatic as addiction to be helped by a counselor. Depression, stress, and anxiety can seem minor compared to drugs or alcoholism, but they can have similar effects and seem just as overwhelming.

Our compassionate counselors can provide you the help you need, no matter how dramatic—or mundane—your problem may seem. Call 608-742-5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. Because addiction is learned and stored in the brain as memory, psychotherapy can play a role in helping diminish the influence of those memories.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

LIVING IN STRESSFUL TIMES

The recent economic downturn has resulted in foreclosures, bankruptcies, and job losses that are severely taxing people’s ability to cope. According to the American Psychological Association, more than eight in ten Americans blame the economy for much of the stress in their lives. At the same time, many health professionals are reporting that their patients are exhibiting levels of stress that have not been seen since the September 11 attacks. As individuals perceive a threat
to their security as they did in 2001, there is a decided rise in anxiety and depression that filters through entire families. When the inability to cope with stress leads to marital strife, substance abuse, and other problems, it is time to seek psychological counseling.

When you feel high levels of stress and anxiety, no matter what the cause, your whole life is affected. If you’re wrestling with stress, we can help. Our compassionate counselors can provide proven techniques for dealing with stress as well as anxiety and depression. We provide a safe space to get to the root cause of the issue, no matter what it is. Please call 608-742-5020 to schedule an appointment, because you deserve to be health again. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Road, Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. If psychological counseling is not covered by insurance, the cost can be more than recouped by counseling’s ability to contain destruction/nonproductive behaviors and avert consequences to physical well-being.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspwn Answers

UNEXPRESSED ANGER HARMS THE HEART

Heart patients, particularly those with Type D personalities, might want to evaluate how they deal with anger. People with Type D personalities are prone to experiencing anger and other negative emotions, and have difficulty expressing themselves in social situations. According to recent research, heart disease patients who suppressed their anger experienced nearly triple the risk of suffering a heart attack (or dying) during the next five to ten years. Heart patients with Type D personalities were found to have the highest risk. Anger is an emotion we feel when we are frustrated with a person and/or a situation. By learning new coping skills it is possible to deal with anger in an appropriate manner.

Clearly, our emotional health can directly affect our physical health. If you are wrestling with suppressed anger, or with depression, grief, or anxiety, you owe it to your physical health to learn new ways to deal with your emotions. We can help. Our counselors offer a sympathetic ear, sound advice, and helpful insights that will allow you to be healthy again, heart and body. Take the first step and call 608-742-5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S.: Some people find it helpful to use assertiveness training, to help them express their thoughts and feelings in certain situations.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

 

Aspen Answers

YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW


Parents generally assume, often rightly so, that they know their children better than anyone else. However, parents should be open to the possibility that they may not be fully aware of their children’s behavior. In fact, a recent study indicates that parents are largely unaware that their children are using alcohol or drugs. When researchers asked teens about alcohol and drug use, the three most common substance cited were alcohol (54 percent) tobacco (44 percent), and marijuana (23 percent). When the teens surveyed were asked about their own use of these and other substances, their parents failed to detect usage in about half the cases. The older the child, the more likely the parent was aware of substance abuse. The most recent Columbia County teen survey shows that age groups (11-13) and (14 15) reveal that 15% and 14% respectively, are engaging in drinking behavior beyond a few sips.

Parenting in today’s culture can be a positively overwhelming task. You have the right to ask for help, especially if you are concerned about your child using drugs or alcohol. Our counselors provide the compassionate understanding to help you and your whole family get through these difficult times and come out as a stronger family. Call 608-742- 5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S.: Research shows that starting to use alcohol and drugs at a young age is a risk factor for developing substance abuse or dependence in the future.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Barry Erath

AN EXAMINATION OF BULLYING

Bullying, defined as being repeatedly teased, hit, threatened, kicked, or excluded by other students, has become the focus of widespread attention. Both those who are bullied as well as those who bully face an array of health risks. According to a recent survey of nearly 6,000 middle school and high-school students, those involved in bullying in any way are more likely to harm themselves and contemplate suicide. While previous studies have linked bullying to poor grades, substance abuse, and mental health issues, the new research also points to worse home environments for kids with experience with bullying. All these factors point to the complexity of bullying behavior and a greater need to look for signs that may warrant counseling.

Of course if you or your child suffers from bullying at school or work, it’s vital that you get counseling for any resulting depression or anxiety. But our compassionate counselors know that depression and anxiety don’t always have such an obvious source. We know that depression and anxiety can strike for any reason, and sometimes for no reason at all. We can help you work through whatever is bothering you so you can be healthy again. Call 608-742-5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1.

Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice. P.S. The study mentioned above points out that those involved in bullying are more likely to suffer abuse from a family member or witness violence at home than kids who were neither bullies nor victims of bullying.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Aspen Answers

CHILDISH BEHAVIOR AT WORK

Does it sometimes seem that your co-workers are acting more like children than the adult professionals that their job descriptions profess them to be? If so, it may help to heed the recent work of a clinical psychologist who says that her research indicates that much of our behavior is governed by the roles we assumed in our families when we were children. So, while workers (including bosses) may take a rational approach to work matters when they are calm, stress may induce a retrograde behavior that is recalled unconsciously form childhood. This may explain why some people throw tantrums while others avoid confrontation or criticism. It may also explain how some people adopt such roles as clowns and rebels.

Do you think you or your office could use a little help getting past the difficulties that are keeping you from being productive? We provide unique, full-service, outpatient resources specializing in comprehensive consultation, evaluation and psychotherapy for families, individuals, specialized groups, schools, and businesses. We can get you or your team back on track. Call 608-742-5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. Introspection and counseling may help some people become better “team players” and more productive workers by identifying unwanted childhood behaviors that they may be prone to lapse into and learning to avoid them.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Barry Erath

TREATING ADULT ADHD

While many people presume attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to be a childhood disorder, an estimated 4% of U.S. adults also experience it. Advances in behavioral treatment approaches help people on new ways of thinking about, and undertaking, their daily tasks and longer-term goals. Home exercises of self discipline, planning, time management, and follow through, have helped many compensate for their mild to moderate deficits. Medication therapy combined with behavioral therapy have greatly improved outcomes for more severe cases of attention-deficits. Computerized testing (TOVA) by a skilled clinician has been helpful in identifying symptoms of attention-deficits in both adults and children If you or someone you love is suffering from ADHD, please call our office for an appointment now. Our compassionate staff provides a safe place and proven techniques for dealing with a variety of issues including ADHD, as well as stress, depression, and grief. We want to help you reach your best. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd. Suite 1 in Portage. Call 608-742-5020 to make an appointment.

P.S. Many people report vast improvement and personal satisfaction when seeking treatment for attention-deficits indicating they didn’t know it would be so easy.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

 

 

Erath

OF PRIMARY INTREST

Owing mostly to embarrassment, most of the 12 million Americans with clinical depression do not get treated. Instead of going to a mental health professional, those who do seek help often go to their primary care physicians. The problem with this approach is that general practitioners are not always able to identify depression. According to one scientific review of 41 previous studies involving more than 50,000 patients, general practitioners miss cases of depression about 50 percent of the time, and they incorrectly diagnose it in 19 percent of healthy people. These percentages are truly significant because, if left untreated, depression can be debilitating. Thus, it is important to get help for this problem by visiting a specialist in mental health.

If you are suffering from depression, you deserve help so that you can be healthy again. Our compassionate counselors will provide you with a safe space and proven techniques for battling your depression. Through therapy, we can help you redesign your life and emerge with a powerful sense of self, and as a result, the ability to enjoy life in a most rich and meaningful way. Call 608-742- 5020 today for an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. According to one estimate, about one in five people in developing nations will experience depression in his or her lifetime.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspen Answers

FIGHTING IN FRONT OF YOUR KIDS?

Parents should bear in mind that heated family arguments, whether or not they involve the children directly, leave lasting impressions. In fact, only takes harsh words, not physical altercation, to leave a lingering impact in the minds of children that can endure for more than a decade. According to a landmark study that began with kindergartners more than three decades ago, 15-year-olds exposed to their parents’ verbal battles were more likely to be functioning poorly 15 years later than children not exposed to escalating arguments at home. Even more serious repercussions arise when a child is the object of parental argument and scorn. To head off such problems, parents need to learn constructive ways of engaging one another.

If you settle disagreements in front of your children in a calm, respectful manner, you teach them skills in resolving conflict. Unresolved arguments and tension can hang a cloud of confusion, anxiety, and sadness over your children. For assistance with communicating more effectively when conflicts arise, we offer a supportive, constructive plan designed to reduce stress and reconnect relationships.


Remember your children do not expect you to be perfect... when mistakes are made a sincere apology and a conscious effort to do it differently next time can mean the world to them.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

 

Aspwn Answers

GOT YOUR BACK!

Chronic lower back pain is a potentially debilitating condition that prompts afflicted individuals to see a wide range of treatments. It comes as welcome news, therefore, that cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), which is a short term treatment that aims at challenging and reframing negative believes, may provide relief. While back pain may be a physical pain, CBT can help those suffering from the condition to better manage their pain. To study the effects of this treatment, researchers compared the outcomes afforded by both standard treatment (guidance on staying active and the best use of pain medication) with group therapy (six sessions). After one year, those treated with CBT showed significantly better improvement on disability tests than the group receiving standard treatment.

If you are suffering from chronic pain - in your back or elsewhere - please call our office at 608-742- 5020 to make an appointment. We can have a wide variety of techniques at our disposal to help you deal with chronic pain and begin to enjoy your life again, to the fullest. In addition to helping coping with pain or even illness, we can also provide assistance with sleep disorders, marriage concerns, and alcohol and drug treatment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S.: Therapy helps those with chronic
back pain identify and break the
vicious cycle in which pain causes
them to be less active and feel worse.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

Aspen Answers

FAMILY CONCERNS

When parents are advised to seek counseling for a child with problems at school, the family may eventually be invited to join the sessions. This invitation is predicated on the fact that each family has its own unique personality, which affects all its members. When families experience changing circumstances and demands, there may be a breakdown in communication and understanding among its members. With the help of a therapist, however, a more supportive attitude can be cultivated by focusing on current problems and their practical solutions. Family therapy is geared to helping family members become aware of their reactions and defensive habits. It also encourages them to communicate more openly with one another.

If you feel that your family might benefit from experienced advice from a compassionate counselor, please call 608-742-5020 to make an appointment. We offer a safe place for all members of your family to deal with whatever issues may be affecting them, including grief, substance abuse, anxiety, ADHD, and other common problems. If you feel like you need help, please call us today to make an appointment. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S.: Family therapy may give young
family members a better chance to
express their feelings, which might
otherwise go unsolicited.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

Aspwn Answers

TRAINING YOURSELF TO SLEEP

Some people find it difficult to get to sleep, particularly as they get older. Those who find themselves with this problem may benefit from cognitive behavior therapy, to sleeping pills because it is a more natural remedy found to be effective for sleep disorders. If so, the therapist may teach those getting insufficient sleep to change the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to poor sleep. Cognitive strategies may include, setting aside a certain time of day for addressing worries and concerns so that bedtime will be stress free. Mind body techniques, such as guided imagery, may also be taught to help a person wind down. Beyond that, behavior techniques may include avoiding naps, and going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.

If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your physical and mental well-being is affected. We can provide you with the help you need to get a better night’s sleep and improve the rest of your life, too. In addition to insomnia, we can help with stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, or difficulty dealing with loss or grief. If you would like an appointment or if you have any questions, please call, 608-742-5020. Our address is 2639 New Pinery Rd., Suite 1. Offering you and your family compassionate and professional advice.

P.S. Insomniacs often find it helpful not to read or watch TV in bed.

Printable pdf of this article as it appeared in the newspaper

 

 

 

top of page