How to handle a pre-surgery psych evaluation

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 7, 2015 8:00:00 AM

When you’re preparing for bariatric surgery, it can seem like a long process. Ultimately, you want to just get the procedure done and start working toward your healthier, slimmer self.

But some of the steps required, like a psychological evaluation, are necessary to ensure your well-being. Although a psych evaluation may seem tedious and inconvenient, it’s an important component to help prepare you for bariatric surgery.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Health, Mental health

6 ways to cope with the holiday blues

Posted by CarePoint Health on Nov 5, 2015 11:00:00 AM

The holidays are often assumed to be a joyous time of year, celebrating with friends and family and going to parties. But if you’re not close with your family, or if you’re prone to depression already, the holidays can make you feel worse.

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Topics: Primary care, Neighborhood health center, Mental health

Why treating depression is important

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 27, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in our country. Nearly one in ten people have depression, yet many don’t seek treatment. But just trying to “tough it out” on your own could be a big mistake.

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Topics: Primary care, Neighborhood health center, Mental health

5 thoughts you need to banish now to successfully lose weight

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 22, 2015 8:00:00 AM

When we feel insecure about our bodies, we tend to think negative thoughts. After coming home from a date or meeting someone new, you may question if the other person liked you. Feeling anxious or insecure can lead to binging on whatever you have in the fridge as you promise yourself you’ll get back to your diet tomorrow.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Nutrition, Mental health

Food and mood — what’s the connection?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

There may be a reason why so many people reach for “comfort foods” during times of stress or feeling down. What you eat can have an impact on how you feel emotionally — for better or worse. If you want to maximize your weight-loss efforts, look for foods that will keep you feeling your best physically and mentally. Follow these tips:

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Topics: Bariatrics, Nutrition, Mental health

Great activities for senior women

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 19, 2015 1:00:00 PM

If your children are grown and out of the house, you’re considering retirement (or already retired), and/or you’ve passed the age of 65, congratulations! You’re entering a time of life that may allow you to take some more time for you — and to focus on your own well-being. Although transitioning into the senior years can be fun and fulfilling, it can also be confusing and challenging for those who are getting used to this new way of life.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Mental health

Warning signs of ADHD in adults

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 12, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a common childhood disorder that can affect children in school and social situations. It may cause a lack of attention, impulsive behaviors, and hyperactivity. It is usually able to be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional.

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Topics: Primary care, Neighborhood health center, Mental health

Trying to lose weight? Stop the negative talk

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 12, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Anyone who has found success with weight loss will likely tell you it’s as much about the mind as it is about the body. After all, your brain is your motivation and willpower — to go to the gym, to skip dessert, or to choose a smaller portion at lunch.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Health, Mental health

4 simple ways to keep your mind sharp

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jul 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Most of us know the frustration of misplacing the car keys or forgetting someone’s name. Although these types of lapses are normal, many people are concerned about diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. This has led to a number of “brain exercise” websites and tools that promise to make you forget less and stay sharp.

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Topics: Primary care, Mental health