Understanding Women’s Health
Written by: Tyler T. Gibson
Millions of women across the United States face depression at some point in their lives. Causes can vary from hormonal, personal relationships, or a family history of mental illness. But depression is not the only illness women can experience.
Every three minutes, a woman goes into the emergency room for prescription painkiller abuse, with 4.6 million women abusing prescription drugs.
Often individuals turn to substance abuse as a way to escape certain obstacles, or due to high levels of anxiety or stress.
According to Jean Tucker, LMHC and director of outpatient services at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, stress can be a major trigger.
“Stress can come from many areas such as relationships, children, work, finances, daily life, and can cause issues with depression and anxiety if women don’t have an adequate support system,” Tucker said.
Hormonal changes, especially after the birth of a child, can also be a cause. Not only is a woman adapting to the changes within her body, she is also dealing with the changes in her daily life.
Tucker describes having a baby can be a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but it can also be a very stressful time as well. According to the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH), nine percent of women experience postpartum PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) following childbirth.
Genetics can be a result in suffering from a mental illness. A family history of depression, mood disorders, or any other mental health disorder can predispose a woman to those mental health issues in her lifetime. More than 12 million women in the United States experience depression each year, two times the rate of men.
According to Tucker, a woman should seek treatment if she is feeling overwhelmed and needs support, if at any time she is having thoughts of hurting herself or others, including her children, or if her feelings of sadness or anxiety have lasted more than a few weeks. She should also seek help if those feelings impact her in several areas of her life. Even if a woman thinks she is being over emotional or sensitive, she may still benefit from treatment to help her process those emotions.
Fortunately, according to the NCBH, 80 percent of women with depression feel better with treatment.
HOW CBHC CAN HELP:
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care staffs more than 200 professionals who are ready to assist individuals with mental illnesses, substance abuse, and recovery efforts. In the event of a crisis, individuals can call the 24-hour emergency line at (941) 575-0222. For recovery, individuals can call (941) 347-6444. CBHC has three locations to service clients: Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and Arcadia. For a list of locations and addresses visit www.CBHCFL.org or call our main line at (941) 639-8600.
CBHC PR Director wins Image Award
The Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA recognizes PR excellence
Jessica Potts, Director of Public Relations was honored to receive an Award of Distinction at the 2016 Image Awards Ceremony on April 20 at Six Bends Harley-Davidson. The Image Awards competition is conducted annually by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association to recognize outstanding public relations programs and to encourage and promote the development of public relations professionalism in the region. The Local Image Awards have become a standard of public relations excellence in southwest Florida. This competition provides PR practitioners an excellent platform to be recognized in their local markets for their public relations activities.
An Award of Distinction was presented to Potts for her work with the Fred Lang Foundation benefitting Charlotte Behavioral Health Care through the Annual Summer Ball. Historically, and average of 250 guests attend the Summer Ball on the last Saturday of July, with the event raising an average of $26,000 in net proceeds each year. In 2015, the ball increased net proceeds by 64 percent and 411 patrons enjoyed the “Summer Night in India”, 55 percent accounting for new guests. The foundations mission was spread throughout the community also welcoming ten new sponsors to the Summer Ball. Together with the Summer Ball committee, the event cultivated awareness, increased revenue and attendance and solidified last year’s event as the most successful Summer Ball in 12 years.
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care and Fred Lang Foundation
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care (CBHC) has served the behavioral and substance abuse needs of Charlotte County residents for 47 years since its’ founding in 1969. CBHC is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) agency, serving over 11,000 patients annually. Charlotte Behavioral Health Care is where our community comes to find hope and the courage that has been lost. As an agency family, we are compassionate about implementing successful positive changes that make living hold value once again. Individualized treatment plans are developed through a collaborative effort between our consumers and our devoted and experienced staff.
The Fred Lang Foundation’s mission is to aid individuals find the hope for a brighter tomorrow through effective mental health and substance abuse treatment. Funds from the Foundation are donated to nonprofit Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to underwrite services for low income residents of Charlotte County. Without the Fred Lang Foundation’s assistance, some children, teens, adults and families might not be able to get the help they need. For more information on CBHC or Fred Lang Foundation. Please call Jessica Potts (941) 347-6407 or visit www.cbhcfl.org
Your child has been studying for days for their upcoming exam. They completed practice tests, received additional tutoring, joined a group study session, and felt more confident than ever. They arrive in class and receive their 30-question multiple choice exam. They write their name, today’s date, and subject, and that’s as far as they can remember. Their mind goes blank, their heart starts beating faster, hands start to sweat, and they can no longer concentrate. Despite the hours spent studying, they end up receiving a D on their exam. Does this sound like your child? Unfortunately, test anxiety occurs in many children and limits their ability to perform well on tests.
Anxiety creates a crippling effect that creates barrier blocking potential success. According to the American School Counselor Association, “Stressful emotions can inhibit a student’s ability to absorb, retain and recall information. Anxiety creates a kind of “noise” or “mental static” in the brain that blocks our ability to retrieve what’s stored in memory and also greatly impairs our ability to comprehend and reason. The key to understanding how anxiety inhibits cognitive and physical performance lies in understanding how emotions affect the rhythmic activity in the nervous system.”
For some students, they feel a lot of pressure from their parents to succeed. Thus, they have a fear of failing and put additional pressure on themselves. Unfortunately, the additional stress can limit their success on tests and negative outcomes hinder their self-esteem and confidence. Students who do not take out enough time to prepare may also experience test anxiety as they did not thoroughly go through the course material. According to the American Test Anxieties Association, “About 16-20% of students have high test anxiety, making this the most prevalent scholastic impairment in our schools today. Another 18% are troubled by moderately-high test anxiety.”
Parents, become involved in your child’s preparation and notice warning signs that they may be experiencing a difficult time in studying or comprehending the material. Hire a tutor if necessary to help your child become more confident on the subject being tested. Encourage them. Ensure your child receives at least 8-10 hours of sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.
Published by: Tyler Gibson
Marketing Intern, CBHC
Please welcome Tyler T. Gibson to our CBHC Public Relations team! Tyler attends Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers as a junior and is majoring in communication with a concentration in public relations.
Check out Tyler’s first publication here!
Do we have good health habits?
What does health habits mean to you? Some of us worry about not only our physical health, but our mental health as well…Well, one might say Health 360. We have to be worried about our health in total. Body, mind and spirit–so to speak to find balance. Not one aspect can be overlooked. What can help us stay balanced and keep this balance? Good health habits. What does this mean really? Can it be done?
Acceptance is not giving up. I need to accept what I could do and what I can over do that causes me triggers. Yes, I can work 48 hours without sleep. Yes, I can skip my meds and do whatever I wanted to for weeks on end. I can eat like a pig. I can do whatever I want… it was my choice. But these bad health habits took a negative toll.
- Without sleep my schedule was off, my work backed up, the pressure and stress was extreme and I became very irritable.
- Missing my medication (I believe in medication treatment for my wellness treatment, you may choose a different form of treatment or wellness plan that works for you. For me– meds work, so I take them.) I was slipping into a depression.
- My diet went off the scale… I was eating non-stop to cope.
This was not healthy, so how to change it?
Good health habits can start small
Exercise helps many manage their emotions in positive ways. Of course before starting a new exercise routine, it would be wise to consult your personal physician. And don’t be worried about the word “routine,” it’s not a bad word. In fact, “routine” is want we want to start. Routines bring stability. By just starting to positively think that you can and stick to are steps in the right direction… Did you know: it is said that IF you keep a routine more than 18 times… you have a good chance of keeping to the routine. So eighteen is that sweet-spot. Don’t give up on anything until it passes the 18 day mark. If it’s still too hard to keep up with after the 18 day mark, then you probably won’t keep that routine. That can apply to quitting to smoke, to going for walks,
Remember, It’s best to start small. For me– I started by removing soda from my diet. Now the very taste of it is nasty to me. I also remove red meat from my main diet. Now, I only treat myself once and while. Still what we eat can have an effect on our mood.
Healthy foods to boost your mood:
- Chocolate: eating dark chocolate (1.4 ounces of it, to be exact) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in people who were highly stressed,…
- Fruits & vegetables (and other whole foods): studies have shown that antioxidants in fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids in fish are associated with lower risk of depression. Folate, a B vitamin found in beans, citrus and dark green vegetables like spinach, affects neurotransmitters that impact mood.
- Fish: Eating oily, fatty fish (salmon, tuna, sardines, rainbow trout) and mussels will give you omega-3s—a key mood-boosting nutrient
- Coconut: When you’re stressed, the scent of coconut may blunt your natural “fight or flight” response.
- Tea: Fuzzy brain? Drinking caffeinated black, green or oolong tea may elicit a more alert state of mind.
- By ‡Brierley Wright, M.S. R.D 7 Foods to Boost Your Mood Naturally
‡Brierley Wright, M.S. R.D. (2016). 7 Foods to Boost Your Mood Naturally. Retrieved on March 29, 2016, from www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/mind_body_spirit_center/7_foods_to_boost_your_mood_naturally