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Community Healthcare System Expanding Behavioral Health Reach Serves Northwest Indiana

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For more than 50 years, one health system's mental health division has stood above all others in delivering compassionate and expert care to some of society's most vulnerable members.

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Indiana Mental Health Centers Aim to Improve Infant Health


rot001Eight community mental health centers are working together to improve infant health in Indiana through their participation in a pilot program aimed at helping women deliver healthy babies.

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3 Tips for Working with Oppositional Defiance in Teens


Brain-Balance-Tips-for-Working-with-Oppositional-Defiance-in-TeensAt first glance, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) may sound like your average teenager: defiant, argumentative and irritable. However, ODD becomes a classifiable disability when a child shows behaviors that are repeatedly and chronically disruptive or vindictive, and that interfere with their daily life. How should parents and teachers best address these behaviors, which can often escalate quickly? The following series of steps will help limit ODD episodes, which are ultimately about the child gaining control of a situation, and not necessarily acting out.

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Brain Basics: A Brain in Sync


brain-balance-SFThe idea of a functional relationship between the left and right sides of the brain is hardly new. In 1949, Canadian neuropsychologist Donald O. Hebb, PhD, famously concluded that “cells that fire together wire together” after he conducted research to figure out how the brain thinks and processes information. The adage means that brains cells that are activated, fired, and come to threshold at the same time will literally build physical connections to one another. In order for this to happen, timing is crucial, especially during early brain development. If neurons don’t fire at precisely the right time, the connection doesn’t happen and it is lost forever. This glitch can happen at any time, especially in the womb when early right brain development is taking place. This is why pregnancy is such a vulnerable time for autism to...

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VNA Phoenix Center Helping Lost and Hurting Teens and Children Feel Whole Again

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The mission of the VNA of NWI is to be the most patient-focused provider of aging, hospice, palliative, and grief support services in Northwest Indiana. VNA is all about caring and one of the ways they do that is to provide grief support programs for children at the VNA Phoenix Center in Valparaiso.

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Porter-Starke Services' "Overcoming Adversity Together" Breakfast Raises Awareness for PTSD

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Porter-Starke Services' second annual "Overcoming Adversity Together" community conversation featured keynote speaker Edward Tick Ph. D., author of War and the Soul. His book and his Monday morning lecture discuss the ways active-duty transforms a Warrior and how we can provide a place to come home to.

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Dr. Michael Yapko, Ph.D. Talks Mental Health at 2016 Porter-Starke Symposium

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Depression is an overwhelming problem to the individual and to our community. It has been called the leading cause of disability throughout the world, a genetic disorder, and a disease. At this year’s Porter-Starke Symposium Dr. Michael D Yapko called it a state of mind that can be overcome.

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Support our Military with Tips from MHA of Porter County


Mental-Health-America-Porter-CountyMental Health America of Porter County supports our service men and women and honors their service to our country. Whether a reservist or full-time military person, return from deployment means the embrace of family and friends, and resuming everyday life.

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Linking Antidepressants and Autism


New-Developments-In-MedicineDepression isn’t new among pregnant women, but antidepressants may not provide the answer they’re seeking.

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Porter-Starke Services And ‘The Inspiration Project’ Are Strengthening Our Community Through Stories


porter-starke-learn-lunch-2015-1Porter-Starke Services hosted their monthly Learn@Lunch educational series at their location in Portage on Tuesday. This month's informative educational lecture was “The Inspiration Project,” which was presented to those attending from around the region by Porter-Starke’s own Sandy Carlson, Vice President of Clinical Services at Porter-Starke.

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Porter-Starke Services to host July 2015 Learn @ Lunch: "The Inspiration Project" Stories that Strengthen Us


Learn-at-Lunch 2On Tuesday, July 21, Porter-Starke Services will host its Learn @ Lunch series with an informative educational lecture entitled, "The Inspiration Project" from 11:30-1:00 PM at Porter Starke Services located at 3176 Lancer Street in Portage. Sandy Carlson, LCSW, LCAC, Vice President of Clinical Services at Porter-Starke Services will be the featured presenter.

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