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Friday Inspiration: Daily Self-Check

Posted by on Jul 5, 2019 in Counseling, Inspiration, News, Self-Care, Therapy | 0 comments

Friday Inspiration: Daily Self-Check

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James Need help to reflect on your life? The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are available to assist you. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a...

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Friday Inspiration: Happiness

Posted by on Jun 28, 2019 in Counseling, Inspiration, News, Therapy | 0 comments

Friday Inspiration: Happiness

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Need help to find happiness in your life? The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are available to assist you. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a...

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Sleep Deprivation: Causes and Tips to Help

Posted by on Jun 27, 2019 in Depression, Exercise & Mental Health, Health and Fitness, Mental Health Awareness, News, Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Issues, Therapy | 0 comments

Sleep Deprivation: Causes and Tips to Help

Inadequate sleep can hamper an individual’s ability to function properly. Continued lack of restorative sleep is detrimental to psychological and physical health. Sustained lack of sleep can cause poor decision making, flawed judgment, obesity, a negative outlook on life and difficulty in handling emotions. It can result in a person feeling fatigued and sleepy throughout the day. Sleep deprivation is a major culprit behind fatal automobile accidents as inadequate sleep impairs a person’s motor functions and reduces hand-eye coordination, similar to alcohol consumption. Common Symptoms Daytime napping is a common indicator of sleep deprivation. Other signs that indicate lack of sleep include: Frequent yawning Poor concentration Mood swings Fatigue Inability to focus Grogginess Depression Impaired motor skills A spurt in snacking A decline in sex drive Difficulty remembering things Hallucinations Sleep deprivation may result from a gamut of causes. Conscious choice – Some people tend to stay awake until late into the night to read a book or watch a movie, not realizing that they need restful sleep in order to function the next day. Underlying health conditions – If you have a cold, all the coughing and sneezing can interrupt your sleep. Similarly, a chronic condition like arthritis or depression can affect your quality of sleep. Sleep disorders – Insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea, can disturb sleep. Work Schedule – People who work rotational shifts are subject to erratic sleep cycles. Improper sleep hygiene – If you lie awake worrying in bed, you will obviously have trouble falling asleep. In the same way, consuming caffeine and nicotine can make you more alert and less likely to fall asleep. Sleep deprivation is extremely detrimental for our body It impairs our immune functions, so our body takes longer to recover from illnesses. Lack of sleep leads to hormone imbalance in our body which can further lead to weight gain and diabetes. Inadequate sleep increases our risk to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Memory issues Mood changes Accidents High blood pressure  Tips to combat sleep deprivation Nap only when necessary. Shift workers and night owls are at risk for sleep debt. A short nap in the afternoon can help but too long of a nap can interfere with nighttime Get regular exercise but be mindful to avoid heavy exercise within three hours of your bedtime. Avoid caffeine after noon and limit alcohol consumption. Create a calm sleeping area. Keep your bedroom a place for sleep, intimacy, reading a book (not on a tablet!) and meditation. Remove the television, smart phones, computers and other electronics from the room. Keep the temperature cool. Seek a medical opinion if you continue to experience trouble sleeping. This can help determine if other conditions play a role in your sleep troubles. Need more help?  Our body needs sleep for rest and recovery. The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are available to help individuals and families cope with sleep disorders and related mental health issues. Contact us today for more information or to  schedule an appointment by calling...

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Friday Inspiration: Change

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019 in Counseling, Inspiration, News, Therapy | 0 comments

Friday Inspiration: Change

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney Need help to overcome changes in your life? The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are available to assist you. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a...

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Teen Suicide Risk

Posted by on Jun 20, 2019 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Grief, News, Suicide, Teens | 0 comments

Teen Suicide Risk

Teenagers undergo major life changes and are prone to extreme mood changes. If they are unable to cope with these changes, they may experience episodes of anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns which may lead to suicide. Suicide is the second highest cause of death among teenagers worldwide. While suicidal ideation is not something you can particularly cure, you may be able to prevent instances of suicide in those that are in your reach. How do you figure out if a teenager is suicidal or not? Some teenagers expertly hide their emotions and it is difficult to tell whether they are in fact considering ending their lives. A close watch on subtle changes in their personality can sometimes help indicate whether they are at risk of suicide. These can include: Talking excessively about death and self-harm is an obvious red flag. Similarly, expressing hopelessness for the future and helplessness for one’s situation in life may indicate suicide risk. Changes in the teenager’s eating and sleeping patterns also hold the key to determining whether they could be depressed and/or suicidal. Overeating and undereating as well as and over or under-sleeping are two common signs. An increase in reckless and irresponsible behavior can be indicative of a lack of appreciation of one’s life. Behavioral changes such as aloofness, cynicism, a decline in academic performance and general disinterest in performing habitual activities are also warning signs. Isolating oneself is one of the most common signs of depression and suicidal ideation. If your teenager is suddenly questioning his or her worth at your dinner-table conversations, there is definitely cause for concern. If you notice that they are parting with prized possessions and rounding up tasks that they have left around for ages, this can be a sign of suicidal thought. While these are the common behavioral characteristics that can indicate suicide risk in teenagers. Certain teenagers are more vulnerable to such behavior than others. Teenagers who have an alternative sexual orientation, come from a broken, abusive or financially struggling family are far more predisposed towards suicidal ideation than the average teenager. If you see any of these traits in a teenager, seek help immediately. You will want to act promptly to mitigate any possible suicide-risk. Need more help? The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are available to help teenagers and families cope with mental illnesses. Contact us today for more information or to  schedule an appointment by calling...

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Friday Inspiration: Challenges

Posted by on Jun 14, 2019 in Counseling, Inspiration, Psychiatry, Stress, Therapy | 0 comments

Friday Inspiration: Challenges

“You have to believe in yourself, challenge yourself, and push yourself until the very end; that’s the only way you’ll succeed.” G-Dragon   Need help to overcome challenges in your life? The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are available to assist you. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a message....

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Benefits of Couples Therapy

Posted by on Jun 11, 2019 in Counseling, Couples Therapy, Divorce, Family, News, Spousal Abuse, Therapy | 0 comments

Benefits of Couples Therapy

You may find it difficult to talk to a complete stranger about your relationship woes, but couples counseling can help improve communication between individuals engaged in a long-term relationship. Usually, couples therapy refers to an intervention or therapy between two romantic partners. Counselors who perform this unique type of therapy can come from a variety of backgrounds and use different approaches to the problem at hand. An experienced couples therapist can help you and your partner navigate couples therapy. Couples therapy can help in a variety of ways. Both partners come to a clear concept of their relationship. Couples therapy unifies the individual ideas that each partner has pertaining to their relationships. They begin to see their relationship as something that affects both of them equally and try to work constructively for the longevity of this relationship. The couple will come recognize problematic behavior. Once they become aware of the dysfunctional behavior that they are indulging in, they can follow the therapist’s advice to try to rectify it. Suppose one of the partners happens to be abusive, he or she may be referred to individual therapy to help work through whatever may be leading to such behavior, such as anger issues, substance abuse or previous trauma. They get a safe space for arguing out their problems. Couples therapy allows the pair a place to hash out their differences before they come to a place of stagnation from where there is no recovery. Arguing can be exceptionally healthy for a relationship. It is a way to air out grievances and understand the other’s point of view. If you and your partner happen to constantly be at loggerheads, it is possible that there is a deeper underlying issue. Perhaps there are topics of discussion that you were skirting around – these can be addressed now thanks to couples therapy. You both learn how to communicate better. Everybody’s communication style is different. Couples therapy wakes partners up to this reality, helping them come to empathize with the other’s perspective on the world. Partners who had stopped communicating with each other for fear of being misunderstood finally get a platform to talk about the things that bother them and that they’d like changed in their relationship. Couples therapy can be extremely beneficial for struggling couples. It can strengthen their lines of communication, make them more sensitive to each other and in general prepare them for any issues that may crop up for their relationship in the...

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Grief Following Death of a Family Pet

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Death, Depression, Grief, Loss, News, Therapy | 0 comments

Grief Following Death of a Family Pet

With the intense compassion we share with our four-legged companions, it is natural to feel the excruciating sting of separation when the dreaded day finally arrives. The agony of losing your beloved pet to death can be overwhelming, and there is little anyone can do or say that makes you feel better. However, there are some ways of providing your pent-up grief a healthy release and finally, embrace the reality of life after the death of a pet. Coping strategies to help with loss of a pet Take your time More often than not, we are unable to make others around us understand the honest truth about how actively we might be grieving the loss of a pet. The fact is that you do not have to. You understand your grief best, and no one can tell you when to ‘get over it’ or ‘move on.’ Allow yourself to shed as many tears as you feel like without feeling embarrassed. Grieve as long as you need to, and let go only when you are prepared to do so. Connect with others like you Grief can make you drown you in a terrible sense of isolation. As such, you may want to connect with other people who may also be grieving the loss of a pet. There are plenty of message boards, forums, and pet loss support groups online that you can log into and find the much-needed empathy that is hard to get from people who do not fully understand the ‘big deal’ about losing a pet. Reflect upon the good times Try to find peace in the countless great memories you shared with your beloved animal companion through his or her lifetime. Reflecting on the good memories will help transform your pain into a sense of gratitude for the beautiful time you got to share with your pet. Focusing on the positives will also allow you to accept the sad reality and let go of the grief gradually and naturally. Take care of yourself While the death of a pet can leave you devoid of all the energy or enthusiasm to go on, it is important to get a grip on your emotions and look after your physical as well as emotional health. Eat well-balanced meals. Exercise. Take some time off to indulge in a calming activity such as meditation to elevate your mood and restore your inner peace. Remember, grief is a normal part of life. The only way of emerging from it and getting your life back on track is embracing the situation and letting the sorrow gradually fade away of its own accord. Need more help? The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are available to assist our clients with issues related to grief and loss. Contact us today for more information or to  schedule an appointment by calling...

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Vacations & Autism

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Anxiety, Asperger Syndrom, Autism, Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Counseling, Mental Health Awareness, News, Parenting, Therapy | 0 comments

Vacations & Autism

Families of children with special needs often avoid taking family vacations as they feel it would be difficult to find a new place that will be adaptable to their child’s special needs. Children on the autism spectrum can have a difficult time dealing with the changing schedules and routines that come with taking a holiday trip. However, this does not mean that they should not have the opportunity to explore the world around them like other children. A  little mindfulness and preparation on the part of the family members can help make a welcome break for the entire family. Tips and Suggestions Research the airline service and hotel. Make inquiries prior to your traveling date in order to learn if there will be any difficulty in accommodating your child. Prepare the airline and hotel for possible scenarios but do not offend/scare them in the process. Ensure that your child is okay with flying. Autism experts and doctors recommended showing pictures of aircrafts to the child to help familiarize them.  You might also watch videos about flying or borrow books from the library about air travel to share with your child. If possible let them choose their seat; this will give them more control over the process, so they do not get anxious or scared. Think of safety measures. Let your hotel know of any special services that you might require. Some children with autism have a tendency to wander. Ensure that they cannot get out of the room in the middle of the night while everyone else is asleep. Complicated lock systems that only the parents can operate is a good idea in cases like these. Perhaps, also try to avoid rooms with a terrace or balcony as they can prove dangerous. Ask about the hotel’s food service as children with autism often have unique eating patterns. Keep any documentation you may have handy from your child’s physician or school. It may help you avoid any problems with the airport security. It may also help you skip lines as children with autism can have difficulty waiting, especially in a noisy, crowded and unfamiliar place. In addition, the information in the letter may help the airline and hotel service you more effectively. Last but not the least, be prepared. There can be flight delays or limited access to food or entertainment. Ready yourself with snacks and toys that will keep your child occupied in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Need more help? The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are available to assist families navigating issues related to a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Contact us today for more information or to  schedule an appointment by calling...

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Men and Depression: How It Differs from Depression in Women

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health Awareness, News, Sleep Issues, Therapy | 0 comments

Men and Depression: How It Differs from Depression in Women

It is a common misconception that depression only affects women. Although women are more susceptible to depression than men, there are millions of men suffering from depression all over the world. It can, however, be tricky to diagnose depression in men as they are less likely than women to notice the symptoms and ask for help early on. Often, men do not get diagnosed with depression until they are at advanced stages of it. Symptoms of depression among men Although depression causes similar issues in both men and women, the way symptoms manifest in men and the way men deal with symptoms can differ greatly from the way women deal with depression and its symptoms. Sudden anger and rage: Sudden, unexplained bursts of anger and rage are common among men who suffer from depression. This happens mainly because most men do not express their emotions and keep them bottled up, which leads to a buildup of strong emotions. This buildup leads to sudden outbursts at the slightest provocation, however unrelated to the actual emotions. Substance abuse: Many men find it difficult to talk about their depression or about things that bother them. Failing to release these emotions leads to stress and anxiety, which causes many men to turn to alcohol and various narcotic drugs. Substance abuse can worsen the symptoms of depression and possibly lead to suicidal thoughts and actions if not treated in time. Constant overworking: Men frequently avoid problems that make them uncomfortable by doing things they feel gives them control. Overworking is common among men who are suffering from depression but are unable to deal with the condition or seek help for it. Drowning in work enables them to avoid dealing with depressive thoughts and feelings. Excessive risk-taking: A lot of men feel that depression or feeling down makes them look weak. This leads to unnecessary and excessive risk-taking behavior that can harm them and other people around them in many ways. It can cause physical injury, financial losses, and even loss of jobs. Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality: Being unable to understand the symptoms of depression and not knowing they need help can cause overthinking and worrying in many men. This, in turn, affects sleep and can lead to insomnia or poor quality of sleep. Lack of adequate sleep can further worsen depression and its symptoms. There is a higher chance of successful suicide among men dealing with depression than among women coping with depression. It is, therefore, essential to seek help and to deal with the depression in a timely way. Need more help? There is help for men suffering from depression. Contact us today for more information to discuss your situation. The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are ready to help! Schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a...

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