Health Matters

There is no way to describe depression that fits everyone. Just as each person is unique, so are our ways of experiencing our feelings. 

Depression is a common and painful experience that effects how you feel, how you think and how you behave. It causes feelings of sadness, disinterest and an inability to engage in the world. It can lead to physical problems. It makes it difficult to function at times. 

It is treatable. 

 

When clients first come to my office, I find out about their backgrounds. Where they came from sets a backdrop to who they’ve become. Who raised them lays a foundation for the values and lifestyles they grew up in and this impacts who they become as they age.

I often see people who do not know how to disclose their thoughts and feelings. It was not done in their home of origin and they never learned to do it. They have not learned the vocabulary of feelings. They do not know how to confront or challenge. It was not accepted or modeled in their past. 

As my parents age and cope with chronic disease, I see first-hand how the healthcare system fails them and countless other seniors. Whether it’s polypharmacy (my father-in-law takes 17 medications daily) or abysmal care coordination of vulnerable patients (my father’s impaired memory leads to many follow-up orders not communicated between doctors), America’s healthcare system has lost its way. Adding insult to injury, Americans spend more on healthcare than any other country in the world, yet outcomes rank dead last among industrialized nations.

Skin care studio will host show on surviving sexual assault

In recognition of April being Sexual Assult Awareness Month, a new set of artwork will be featured in an opening reception set for Friday, April 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition titled Electrified Fruit, will take place in a new venue. Nofu Skin Studio, located in a historic house on Clement Avenue, announced it will now be a stop on the 2nd Friday Artwalk. 

Are you at risk for glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of vision — usually side vision — by damaging the optic nerve. That’s the nerve that sends information from the eyes to the brain. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may have it without having trouble seeing or feeling any pain. That’s why glaucoma is often called “the sneak thief of sight.”

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