Is this not the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” for you?
As the season turns to a cold, snowy winter, many Chicago area residents prepare to delight in the activities of the season – holidays to celebrate, hills to sled, ice rinks to skate and of course, a visit from the jolly old man himself. Unfortunately, not everyone is full of good cheer this time of […]
Behavioral Health services at NCH
October 10 has been named World Mental Health Day by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the 2021 campaign is “Mental health care for all; let’s make it a reality.” While mental health has been a serious concern for many years, living in these unprecedented times has elevated the need for even more individuals seeking […]
Support for the unthinkable
If you or someone you love has lost a child to ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death, SIDS or any other cause, you may know that October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. It is a time to not only honor bereaved parents and siblings, but also raise awareness about the challenges many families […]
Addiction medicine at NCH
August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day and an appropriate occasion to shine a light on addiction services available at NCH. Unfortunately, addiction problems are everywhere. Addiction ignores age, social economic factors and geographic boundaries. The Northwest suburbs are not excluded. Shalu Gugnani, M.D. is board-certified in family medicine and is one of only a […]
Mental health: Coping in the pandemic
This year has been like no other, and it’s hard to envision a change any time soon. We’ve touched on many COVID-19 related topics in this publication, and now it’s time to focus on our mental health. October is a good time for the topic – it’s getting darker earlier, the weather is turning cooler and gradually inhibiting outdoor activities. We spoke with Taylor Wolfe, Licensed Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor of the NCH Behavioral Health Intake Department, about our pandemic-related mental health questions.
Dreading the return to your office wardrobe?
Most everyone has heard of the “Freshman 15” – the typical 15 pounds college freshmen tend to gain during their first year away from home. Since the stay at home order was announced in March it seems a new concern is the “COVID 19,” the 19 pounds many people may have gained while working from home or being unemployed. We talked to NCH Behavioral Health Advanced Practice Nurse, Cayce McConnell, PMHNP-BC about emotional eating.
Ladies: Connect with each other to improve mental health
Women are natural caregivers. They juggle motherhood, careers and relationships. And when their calendars fill with activities and they find themselves exhausted, their selfless nature causes them to delay or cancel some of the things that directly benefit them, like a pedicure appointment, a night out with friends or a scheduled doctor’s appointment.
Treating body, mind, self-awareness all part of Addiction Recovery Program in new NCH clinic
Shalu Gugnani, M.D., Medical Director of the newly opened NCH Addiction Medicine Clinic, uses a specialized approach when treating addiction disorders to help patients create a comprehensive recovery program.