Take a brief, anonymous, online screening that will provide you with important insights into your drinking habits and behaviors. While many people believe binge drinking is harmless, the effects can be powerful including worsening your mood and increasing risky behavior.
Alcohol is widely used and yet so many people don’t understand their own drinking habits and whether they might be headed for trouble. Research indicates that screening and brief intervention can help resolve mild to moderate alcohol problems as well as encourage those with more serious problems to seek treatment.
Trust the experts and call the Ben Gordon Center today if you need to rethink how you drink or take the self- assessment at www.bengordoncenter.org.
The human body is an amazing machine. Do you know what it accomplishes in 24 hours? The following are some facts for an adult of average height and weight.
In 24 hours:
- · Your heart beats about 100,000 times
- · Your blood travels 168,000,000 miles
- · You take approximately 20,000 breaths
- · You inhale more than 2600 gallons of air through the lungs
- · You eat 3.5 pounds (lb) of food
- · You drink 2.9 lb of liquids
- · You lose in weight 7.8 lb of waste
- · You perspire 1.43 pints
- · You give off heat at 85.6° F
- · You turn in your sleep 25-35 times
- · You speak 48,000 words
- · You move 750 major muscles
- · Your nails grow 0.000046 inch
- · Your hair grows .01714 inch
- · You exercise 7,000,000 brain cells with each thought
It pays to take care of this incredible machine with proper nutrition, water, and exercise. Do all you can to keep this machine in good running order. Remember, spare parts are not included. We know that proper nutrition can alleviate many of the psychological symptoms people feel, in addition to improving your overall physical health. For more information on Healthy Eating, please contact the Ben Gordon Center Special Programs team at 815-756-4875.
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Ben Gordon Center Accepts Building Donation from Resource Bank
(Pictured L to R: Richard Katz, Resource Bank President, Michael Flora, Ben Gordon Center President & CEO, and Mark Leach, Ben Gordon Center Board Chairman)
(March 12, 2013) DeKalb, IL – The Ben Gordon Center is pleased and grateful to announce the donation of the former Resource Bank building in Malta, IL from Resource Bank. The Ben Gordon Center will use the building as an additional location to provide outpatient behavioral healthcare services to adults, children and families to meet the growing need in DeKalb County. The location will also be a convenient site for our current clients from Creston, Kishwaukee College, Malta and Rochelle along with the consumers from southwest DeKalb. Community services will include prevention and education, individual, group and family counseling, substance abuse therapy, as well as psychiatric evaluation and treatment.
“We are very thankful for the generosity of Resource Bank for the donation of the property. We continue to experience a 12% increase annually in many of the services we provide. For over 45 years, the Ben Gordon Center has provided comprehensive, quality mental health and substance abuse services for adults, children and families. The building in Malta allows for us to continue to meet the needs of our growing community,” said Michael Flora, MBA, M.A.Ed.,LCPC, President and CEO.
“The Malta bank building is a wonderful gift. Credit goes to the creative thinking of the Resource Bank management & staff who crafted a way for the community to continue to benefit from the structure. This gift will have an immediate impact at the Center by alleviating the tight accommodations at our main building. It will also help us better serve our ever-expanding client base, especially those clients who come to us from the western parts of the county,” said Mark Leach, Ben Gordon Center Board Chairman.
Founded in 1901 in Malta, Illinois, Resource Bank was originally known as The First National Bank of Malta. Since its inception, the bank has expanded to its current size of nine offices throughout DeKalb County. Richard Katz, President of Resource Bank, is aware of the services Ben Gordon Center has provided to the community for many years and is pleased to be able to donate this beautiful facility to them in support of their efforts.
Welcome. Brain Basics provides information on how the brain works, how mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and ongoing research that helps us better understand and treat disorders.
Mental disorders are common. You may have a friend, colleague, or relative with a mental disorder, or perhaps you have experienced one yourself at some point. Such disorders include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and many others.
Some people who develop a mental illness may recover completely; others may have repeated episodes of illness with relatively stable periods in between. Still others live with symptoms of mental illness every day. They can be moderate, or serious and cause severe disability.
Through research, we know that mental disorders are brain disorders. Evidence shows that they can be related to changes in the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the nervous system. When the brain cannot effectively coordinate the billions of cells in the body, the results can affect many aspects of life.
Scientists are continually learning more about how the brain grows and works in healthy people, and how normal brain development and function can go awry, leading to mental illnesses.
Brain Basics will introduce you to some of this science, such as:
- How the brain develops
- How genes and the environment affect the brain
- The basic structure of the brain
- How different parts of the brain communicate and work with each other
- How changes in the brain can lead to mental disorders, such as depression.
Time-Tested Ways to Cope with the Time Change
– By Liza Barnes, Health Educator
It’s that time of year again, when we reset our clocks and try to readjust to the time change associated with Daylight Saving Time (DST). Some of us breeze through the change seamlessly, yet others feel out of sorts for days. If you have trouble dealing with this sudden disruption in your routine, it is for good reason.
Even though your brain knows that the time on the clock has changed, your body’s internal clock does not. In the fall, when you’ve gained an hour of sleep, you might not feel tired, but you may get cranky when you have to wait an extra hour before your lunch break or when it feels like work should have ended an hour ago. When the clocks move forward in the spring, you’ll be robbed of an hour of sleep. That night, you may not be able to fall into your normal sleep rhythms an hour earlier than you’re used to, and you won’t get as much quality sleep as you need.
Since its inception in the early 1900s, DST has been the subject of controversy. Studies are contradictory, showing that DST has both positive and negative impacts on health, safety, energy consumption, and the economy. Despite the controversy, one thing is certain—DST will be around for a long time. So here are some time-tested tips for dealing with the time change:
- Start early. The time change is usually scheduled for the wee hours of Sunday morning, in order to reduce the disruption of the workweek. To give yourself more time to adjust before the workweek begins, reset one of your clocks at the start of the weekend, such as Friday night or Saturday morning. Try to eat meals, sleep, and wake according to that clock. When Monday comes, you’ll be on your way to feeling adjusted. However, if you have activities and events during the weekend, make sure you don’t get confused about the correct time!
- Exercise. Working out releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that helps our bodies adjust. Exercise regularly, preferably outdoors, and early in the day. A brisk morning walk is perfect. Avoid exercising too late in the evening though, as this could interfere with the quality of your sleep.
- Nap wisely. Try to resist the urge to take long naps late in the day. If you get tired, take a short, energizing walk around the block instead. If you must nap, keep it earlier in the day and limit your snooze time to no more than 20 minutes.
- Don’t imbibe. Alcohol interferes with normal sleep cycles, so don’t rely on a nightcap to fall asleep.
- Digest. After the time changes, you may be hungry for meals earlier or later than before. Be sure to give yourself ample time to digest your dinner before heading off to bed. A heavy meal in your stomach will interfere with the quality of your sleep, too.
- Lighten up. The right combination of light and dark can help your body’s circadian rhythm readjust so you can fall asleep on your new schedule and sleep more soundly. In the morning, open the shades and brighten the lights. Try to spend time outside during the day, if possible. Dim the lights in the evening, so that your body understands that it’s time to wind down.
Hopefully these suggestions will help you adjust more easily to the biannual time changes.
Eating Disorders Support Group Monthly meeting information
Every first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm
Location: Ben Gordon Center, 12 Health Services Drive
For more information, call or email:
Fran Tierney MA LCPC or Vanessa Osmer MA LPC at 815.756.4875 or email at email@example.com
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders
P.O. Box 640, Naperville, IL 60566 www.anad.org
If you’ve never taken a psychology class, you may not be familiar with Psychology Student Syndrome, a common (and often frightening) “condition” whereby an intro to psych student begins to think s/he and others has the mental conditions they are learning about.
A bad day? Self-diagnosis – major depression. PMS? Oh, no! Maybe it’s bipolar disorder. Medical students catch their own version although, of course, their “symptoms” tend to center around life-threatening physical illnesses.
Now, thanks to the internet, you don’t have to be a psych major or first year medical student to develop the internet version of hypochondria – cyberchondria. With all that health advice just a click away, it’s all to easy to consult Dr Google when we’re feeling under the weather – and all too easy to give ourselves a serious case of the heebie-jeebies. This is especially true if we already have health anxieties.
Why Health Information on the Internet Can Lead Us Astray
While cyberchondria has been around for almost a decade, Microsoft scientists Eric Horvitz and Ryen White were the first to systemically investigate it. After analyzing the internet behavior of a million surfers around the world and surveying more than 500 Microsoft employees, they found: