Blog Archive

Here's What Happens to Your Body When You Don't Sleep Enough Jul 24th, 2020

William Shakespeare called sleep, “sore labor's bath, balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, chief nourisher in life's feast.” And really, he wasn’t far off.  When you’re feeling tired or worn out, there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to refresh and rejuvenate your mind and your body. But...

Illinois Cannabis Cards Jul 8th, 2020

As cannabis became available in Illinois, I began studying the effects on PTSD nightmares, fibromyalgia and chronic pain flare-ups, and migraine treatment for my clients. As a previous hospice nurse, I knew its benefits for treating pain, wasting, irritable bowel or gastrointestinal distress in cancers, and end-of-life care. In my...

Myths and Facts About PTSD Jun 22nd, 2020

How common is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? About 8% of the people in the United States will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives, according to data from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  Yet like many other mental health disorders, PTSD suffers from a lack...

The Toll Depression Takes On Your Mental and Physical Health May 28th, 2020

More than 17 million American adults had one or more major depressive episodes, according to 2017 data from the National Institute of Mental Health. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the leading cause of disability in the US, and worldwide, more than 264 million people deal with depression.  While depression is...

Don't Put Off Getting Help: We Offer Telepsychiatry from Our Office to Your Home Apr 10th, 2020

It can be hard to find time to make the Psychiatry appointments you need. But, whether you’re juggling a busy schedule or staying home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still get the mental health care you need with telepsychiatry. Mental health nurse practitioner Allison Sikorsky founded At Your...

Emotional Support Animals Dec 6th, 2019

The ESA Request The following story is a culmination of the various requests I’ve had over the years, not one specific person, or animal, and the details are changed to protect the identity of the clients. … He matches the soft breaths of the animal and slows down his …...

Illinois Online ADHD Nov 13th, 2019

Welcome Back, College Students! You only have a limited time when you’re back in town. With your Vyvanse, you can keep on task, concentrate, and get through the coursework, but you keep running out of your medications at school. How am I supposed to get to an office when I’m...

Health Anxiety Nov 13th, 2019

There are many ways anxiety, stress, trauma may manifest in our bodies. One common manifestation of this is through health anxiety, also called Illness Anxiety Disorder, where people worry about getting an illness.  People with illness anxiety disorder have often been through their own health scare or seen someone they...

Care for the Highly Sensitive Person Oct 26th, 2019

Dr. Elaine Aron, PhD first described the highly sensitive person (HSP) as a personality trait in her book, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You. One part of this trait includes symptoms of being easily overwhelmed with strong sensory input, such as sounds, smells, and...

High Functioning Depression Oct 19th, 2019

The alarm goes off, and you sigh. Everything feels so heavy. You hit snooze, and again, and are still tired. Wearily you sigh again and get up. It feels like too much today to wash your hair. “I’m so lazy,” but you keep going. Driving to work, you can’t remember...

Agoraphobia & Phone Call Anxiety Aug 10th, 2019

We often think of Agoraphobia only as of the inability to leave one’s house. But it may present in more subtle ways and still be very debilitating. The DSM-5 gives Agoraphobia examples of marked fear or anxiety about: ·      Using public transportation (cars, buses, trains, ships, planes) ·      Being in open spaces...

Until We Can End Mental Health Stigma, We Work Around It Aug 9th, 2019

“I would never want to have a mental health diagnosis on my record” A quote from Gold, Andrew, Goldman, & Schwenk (2016) retrieved from https://buff.ly/2yRTVh8 These researchers found the reason many female physicians will not obtain mental health care is due to their concerns for having a mental health diagnosis in...

Grief and Depression Jul 21st, 2019

Grief and depression may look and feel the same, but there are some important distinctions. “Losing Love is Like a Window in Your Heart.  Everybody Sees You’re Blown Apart. Everybody Sees the Wind Blow” This line is from one of my favorite songs by Paul Simon.  This line of the...