Diane Funk

The beginning of the New Year is a time to reflect on the past year but look forward to what comes with the New Year.  Here are some suggestions on becoming happy in the New Year.

Pam Helms

OCD is an anxiety disorder.  It is characterized by having obsessive thoughts and or compulsions. Obsessions can be persistent ideas, images, thoughts or impulses that cause great discomfort and excessive worry and anxiety. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that are in response to the obsessive thoughts.  These repetitive acts are done to relieve or prevent anxiety and severely affect someone’s ability to function on a daily basis.  Some symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

 Excessive, uncontrollable, illogical fear or preoccupation with

Tammy Thieme

 How can you tell if your child is sad, going through a phase or depressed?  If your child has shown an increase in difficulty at home or school, is going through a life changing event (like a divorce) or has had sadness that has lasted more than two weeks you will want to review these symptoms of depression. Symptoms of depression in children include:  

Mike Lau

Depression is an emotional state typically marked by feelings of sadness, feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and helplessness, guilt, withdrawal from others, a change in appetite and/or sleep, and a loss in the interest and pleasure of usual activities. Just as most of us experience occasional anxiety, so too, do we experience sadness during the course of our lives. Depression is often associated with other psychological problems such as anxiety and substance use.

Diane Funk

Anger is a feeling or emotion that ranges from mild irritation to intense fury or rage.  Anger is a natural response to those situations where we:

  • Feel threatened
  • Believe harm will come to us
  •  Believe another person has unnecessarily wronged us 
  • Feel another person, like a child or someone close to us is being threatened or harmed 

Anger can result from frustration when our needs, desires, or goals are not being met.  When we become angry, we may lose our patience and act aggressively, impulsively, or violently.