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Help is available for new or expectant mothers with depression, anxiety

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Postpartum depression and anxiety are fairly common, says Christine Kowaleski (at right in photo), a nurse practitioner who facilitates a support group for new mothers and expectant mothers. Taking part in that group is Heather Sherman (at left in photo) of Baldwinsville, who shares her personal postpartum story of suicidal thoughts and her struggles to find treatment and help others with similar problems. Kowaleski, an associate professor at Crouse Hospital’s Pomeroy College of Nursing, also explains the differences between “baby blues” and postpartum depression and tells how to get help (call 315-470-7940 to register for the free, weekly support group).

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HealthLink on Air radio show: May 1, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016

May 1, 2016

Jack Wohlers, PhD, of Centre Syracuse tells about detection and treatment of eating disorders. Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about how to help a loved one struggling with addiction. Upstate graduate Michael Weiner, MD, discusses an Alzheimer’s disease research project that seeks participants.

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Early detection important for treating eating disorders

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, can be viewed as a way to cope with life changes and stress, says psychologist Jack Wohlers, PhD. These complex disorders often occur during the transition from childhood to adolescence and from adolescence to early adulthood, says Wohlers, the clinical director of Centre Syracuse, a treatment program for adults and teens with eating disorders. He describes the secretive behaviors and shame that can be associated with these disorders and the importance of early detection and treatment.

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Advice for coping with a loved one’s addiction

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Handling an alcoholic or drug-addicted loved one is a particularly thorny issue because people worry that frank talk about the problem might endanger their relationship, says psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD. O’Neill touches on the related issues of enabling, tough love, blame and interventions and advises that people who keep silent about the love one’s addiction will likely lose the relationship anyway.

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Check Up from the Neck Up: Talking with someone who may have a drug or alcohol problem

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, shares a personal story about how to talk with a friend or loved one who may have a problem with alcohol or drugs. He mentions resources that are available through the National Institute of Drug Abuse at www.drugabuse.gov and the Syracuse Al-Anon Information Service.

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Check Up from the Neck Up: Keeping our feelings in line with reality

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks in this segment about how our feelings sometimes are out of tune with what is really going on, and how our responses to situations can help adjust the behavior of other people, and ourselves.

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Check Up from the Neck Up: Renewing resolutions

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about a do-over of last year’s New Year’s resolution in this week’s Check Up from the Neck Up. 

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HealthLink on Air radio show: December 27, 2015

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Professor of psychiatry Stephen Faraone, PhD, provides an update on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Concussion expert Brian Rieger, PhD, tells about winter head injuries. Pulmonologist Lawrence Kurlandsky, MD (retired), explains his research into Christmas tree syndrome. And pediatrician Steven Blatt, MD, discusses what to do about dry skin.

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Reasonable expectations a key to happier holidays

Friday, December 18th, 2015

One source of stress is believing you don’t have enough time, money or energy. Those feelings can hit as people deal with the “extra stuff” of the holiday season, such as socializing, decorating and gift giving, says Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD. To keep the holidays positive, he suggests that people set realistic expectations, do what worked well in the past, learn to say no and take time to regroup. Making simple, personal connections is a better idea than aiming for perfection, he adds.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: December 20, 2015

Friday, December 18th, 2015

December 20, 2015

Gynecologist Renee Mestad, MD, goes over the current contraceptive options. Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about how to survive holiday stress. Elizabeth Sapio from the  Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition gives tips on keeping kids safe from accidents at this time of year.

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Check Up From the Neck Up: A honk from above

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, finds inspiration for a nostalgic and poignant recollection that takes him and his listeners from long ago encounter with his father to the present day, evoking the power of memory and the personal associations we all make.

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Early medication seen as key to ADHD treatment

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Stephen Faraone, PhD

If your child has ADHD, it’s better to start medical treatment early, so the child keeps up with his or her peers, says Stephen Faraone, PhD, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Upstate. Faraone, an expert in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, explains its many facets, including its tendency to run in families, the reluctance of some people toward medication, and the hopes for genetic research.

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