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Behavioral Health: Dysthymia
A depressive disorder is an illness that involves body, mind and thoughts. It affects the way your patient eats, sleeps, and feels about themselves. It is not a passing blue mood. A less severe type of depression called Dysthymia involves chronic symptoms that do not disable but keeps your patient from functioning well or from feeling good. They may also experience major depressive episodes that interfere with their ability to work, study, sleep, eat and enjoy once pleasurable activities. Appropriate treatment can help most people who suffer from depression.

[Reference:Behavioral Health, High-Risk Behavior, Module D: Self-Harm, Page 2] www.athenaforum.com

Multiple Sclerosis: Management
The four categories of care management for MS include: quality of life interventions, symptoms and exacerbation management, and disease management. Zeroing in on specifics for your patient, you can further their education with advising that they consult a MS neurologist, make sure they have periodic appointments, and seek counseling when problems do occur. Additionally, avoiding extremes of heat and cold, eating a nutritious and well-balanced diet, and balancing rest and exercise will help to keep the disease in check and limit or prevent lapses of the disease itself.

[Reference: MS, Module C: Disease & Relapse Management, page 1]
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Energy and Moving

Increasing your energy and feelings of well-being will be an end result of good nutrition. Moving, walking, exercising regularly, and being physically active augments your healthy eating with reducing your risk for many diseases and illnesses. Deep breathing, enough sleep, adequate hydration, and good eats will complement each other and keep your well. http://www.med.umich.edu/opm/newspage/2005/usdapyramid.htm

National Eating Disorders Awareness Month
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“States in Brief”
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration has released 51 new short reports providing key information about level of substance abuse and mental health problems that are prevalent for age 12 and older people in each of the states and the District of Columbia. A variety of charts, graphs, and texts showing the number/type and trends of substance abuse, levels of underage smoking, and mental health indicators are some of the valuable information you can find in comparison to other neighboring states. The data pulled from a SAMHSA sponsored annual survey completed through the U.S. Their easy to use website provides the US map as well as the latest headlines, features and their newsletter on Parity. It is worth your time in reading and understanding where our support and education can be directed for out patients.

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“Phoenix 2009 - Extension”
Have you had the chance to register for the CMSA Conference in Arizona yet? Understanding that budgets for your education continue to shrink, CMSA has extended their special offer in providing a $100 discount towards your online full-conference registration. This offer is good until March 1st. The conference details, trivia whiz quiz, discounts, tax deduction for fees and other useful information can be found here.

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