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5 Tips for a Healthy Relationship with Your Teen

Are you and your child on a journey through the teenage years? On every journey, one needs a survival kit. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it highlights a few key elements that are necessary to build a healthy relationship with your teen. Read More »
Mental Health · McKennan
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Five Anxiety Myths and How to Work Through Them

For the past five years, I have had the pleasure of working with people from the ages of 2 to 82, who have anxiety. Anxiety is a daily battle that leaves the person exhausted, but still in the same place—almost like a mental hamster wheel. Read More »
Mental Health · McKennan
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Understanding Behavioral Health and How to Access Help

Lobby of Avera Behavioral Health Center Behavioral health is for everyone – that’s right, everyone. From the CEO who seems to have it all to the stranger alone at a restaurant, no one has a problem-free life. Naturally, we all try to handle our problems on our own, but eventually we will all have a time of need and the question of “should I get help” becomes “now I need help.” Behavioral health programs are available to help in tough situations, such as: A loyal, grown child of an aging senior needs extra support while trudging through difficult transitions An involved, yet exhausted, parent of a child receives reports that his child has no ability to focus A teenager is lost in the world wondering where and how she fits in A master’s degree graduate becomes overwhelmed by a darkness she just cannot shake How can these people reach out? Read More »
Mental Health · McKennan

Holiday Grief: When Your Loved One Won’t Be Home for Christmas

“I’ll be home for Christmas; you can plan on me…” This popular song used to bring a warm, nostalgic feeling to my heart around this time of year, but now it brings tears. My family and I have grieved over these last few years, and the loss of a loved one feels especially raw around Christmas when I would give anything just to see, hear and touch that person again. Read More »
Mental Health · McKennan

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A New Approach to Treat Depression

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) in January 2013, one in ten adults in America suffers from depression. Depression can show its ugly face through lethargy, thoughts of suicide, lack of motivation, increased anxiety, or inability to focus.  It can steal the life of its victim if it isn’t managed and treated successfully. Read More »
Mental Health · McKennan
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Managing Emotional Challenges of Long-Term Illnesses

Get Fit While You Sit is just one example of a support group. Emotional stress can play a big role in our overall health. Being able to manage the emotional challenges that come with long-term illness can help you feel better physically, emotionally and mentally. Read More »
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