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10 Tips for Helping a Loved One Cope with Illness Anxiety

By Anda Jines, MS, LCPC Download The PDF If you care about someone who is struggling with illness anxiety, there are several things you can to do to help them. 1) Encourage their participation in treatment. Illness anxiety, or “Illness Anxiety Disorder,” is not a hoax. It is a real diagnosis. Formerly called “hypochondriasis” or […]

Neuroplasticity – Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks?

By Don Kronenberg, MSW, LCSW Print – Neuroplasticity It was believed until recently that our brains were born with a certain amount of brain cells that peaked in development in our early 20’s, and that brain cells began to die off as we aged. New advances in the understanding of the brain reveal that is […]

Hospitalization and Discharge Services

By Joann Shere, MSW, LCSW Annie (not her real name) suddenly started feeling light-headed, dizzy, and had difficulty walking. She called 911, was taken to the closest ER for treatment, and hospitalized with a minor stroke. Her short hospital stay was a confusing whirlwind of medications, tests, nurses, doctors, family, and plenty of questions. Neither […]

Happy 30th Anniversary to Hoover and Associates

By Dr. Marlin Hoover Hoover & Associates has reached a milestone! We have been providing mental health services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago for 30 years. What an accomplishment! Hoover & Associates History We have been providing mental health services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago since 1985. Dr. Marlin Hoover started the practice […]

Nature as Healer

By Don Kronenberg MSW, CADC Print – Nature as Healer “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more” – John Burroughs As a boy I recall always being outside, from dawn till dusk, playing in empty fields, swinging from a tree, picking up snakes or […]

Parenting Affluent Teens

By Lisa Kuiper MA The following information comes from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. This particular blog post focuses on the challenge of parenting kids in today’s busier and more affluent society. The infographic and article include concrete tips for raising healthy kids. Our society is the most affluent in the history of the […]

Drive Time – “Growing Pains” for Parents of Teen Drivers

By Lisa Kuiper MA Lately, I find myself counting the months until my 15 year old can drive. As I look at the calendar, I think, “Ok, only three more weeks until play practice is over. But … then there’s pit orchestra and maybe soccer. I wonder if we can car pool with anyone….” I […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD

By Anda Jines Print – Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is a type of cyclical depression that, for most people, tends to return around fall or winter, and tends to get better in the spring. The prevalence of SAD ranges from 1% in the southernmost states, to 10% in the northernmost states. […]

Moving Toward Mindful – On living a spirited, authentic, and lucid life

By Joan French, MA, NCC, LCPC Mindfulness is an exciting movement which is capturing the attention of many who work in the field of mental health and holistic health treatment. The definition, according to The Greater Good website is: “Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness […]

Postpartum Depression

by Lisa Kuiper M.A. “You don’t have to feel this way. We can make a plan.” Though spoken to me a number of years ago, I still remember the hope and healing these words provided as I experienced the difficult challenge of postpartum depression. The wise obstetrician who spoke these words referred me to a […]