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Posted on Dec 27, 2017 in Depression, Holidays, News, Therapists, Therapy

Holiday Season & Depression

  Christmas is past and the New Year is days away. Even with all of the celebrations happening, not everyone finds the holiday season one to be joyful about. The holidays can be depressing for some people. Some people have lower moods during this time for various reasons. Other people have a lower mood due to the shortening of the daylight. 11 Ways to fight holiday season depression This list is not to minimize those feelings at all. Rather, it is to acknowledge that the holiday season can be difficult for many and some may want to try to lift their mood in a healthy manner. A suggestion before looking at this list is to look at your feelings and acknowledge them; do not try to dismiss them. Set aside some time in the day to think about your feelings so that you do honor them. Then take a look at this list and choose one or two things you can do each day to lift your mood. Gratitude....

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Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in News, Psychiatry, Staff Profiles, Therapists, Therapy

Agor Behavioral Health Services Welcomes Darrell Troupe, MD

Welcome, Darrell Troupe, MD! Dr. Darrell Troupe believes the best doctors allow themselves to learn something from their patients, colleagues and family members. A psychiatrist, Dr. Troupe has over thirty years of experience and works with patients ages 3 and up. He is accepting appointments at the Naperville location beginning February 9, 2017. Whether directly or indirectly living with a mental illness or condition, Dr. Troupe believes education and proper treatment may extend one’s potential beyond one’s perceived limitations. To achieve a mutual goal, the patient, their family, clinician and psychiatrist work together to combine compassion, education and medication to address the chemical, biological, emotional, psychological, and social imbalances of mental illness. As part of the staff at Agor Behavioral Health Services, Inc., Dr. Troupe’s professional goal is to offer every patient safe, effective medical treatment in coordination with the care of a compassionate therapist. Schedule an Appointment To schedule an appointment with Dr. Troupe please call 630-621-5824 or visit www.doctoragor.com. Dr. Troupe is taking appointments at the Naperville office, located in the...

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Posted on Dec 6, 2016 in Holidays, Stress

‘Tis the Season To Be Jolly?

With Thanksgiving Day a distant memory, the Christmas season is fully upon us. How can we cope during “the most wonderful time of the year”? The key may be to take the time to do some planning! Read on for a few suggestions! Make a list, check it twice! A bit of time spent planning will bring organization to the holiday season. Make a list of events and tasks to do – either on paper or electronically. Set reminders for yourself on your electronic calendar. Easy does it on the wallet The pressure to find the “perfect gift” for everyone on your list does not have to make you lose sleep. Take the time to plan a budget for shopping; take the list with when shopping – and keep it next to your computer for online shopping. Suggest that family and friends do a grab bag. Consider giving the gift of time, rather than an item you may not be able to afford. Ditch the stress Choose carefully which...

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Posted on Jun 18, 2015 in Anxiety, Children, Counseling, Family, News

Recognize Anxiety in Children

Anxiety is a type of stress. It affects all people from time to time. It begins with mild uneasiness and in its most extreme form, graduates to total panic. When people are anxious, it means they are worried that something might go wrong and they will begin to feel as if they are in some type of danger. Children can also suffer from anxiety- it can be about changing school, attending a test, giving a presentation in class, speaking to someone or anything else. Such experiences make a child focus on ‘what if’s’ situations such as ‘what if it doesn’t go well’, ‘what if I screw up’ and so on. If you don’t reassure the child during this time, it can eventually lead to more serious anxiety disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), phobias (including social phobia) and panic attacks. If you keep a close eye on your child, you will know when your child is anxious and can help him or her cope with it. Here are...

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Posted on Jun 16, 2015 in Counseling, Divorce, Family, News, Relationships, Therapy

Getting Over the Pain of a Divorce or Breakup

A divorce or breakup is a defining moment in a person’s life. For many, it is a nasty affair that is full of pain and suffering. The loss of a mate can be devastating. The first year, you may be full of rage, intense sorrow or anger and nothing seems to help. Please know that your life does not end because you are getting a divorce or you are going through a breakup. Here are some tips to help you cope with the grief. There is no ‘process’ for grieving The grief coming from a divorce or a breakup is not linear. To put it simply, there is no clear three or four step phase that you must pass through (like shock, denial, rage and acceptance) to get over the pain. A divorce or a breakup is chaotic and the stages can change from one moment to another. Some people expect that they will go through these phases and when it doesn’t happen, they start thinking that something must...

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