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Shelley Shearer: Fearful dental patients have more sedation options than ever to help defeat anxiety

Nervous at the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair? Anxiety-ridden due to COVID-19 exhaustion? Millions of Americans share the same fears and anxiety. But modern sedation dentistry offers multiple ways to ease any hesitation about visiting a dentist. The usual candidates for some sort of sedation fight a gag reflex problem, have extra-sensitive teeth, harbor extreme anxiety, maintain a low threshold...

As COVID-induced mental health issues emerge, this expert says ‘send your brain on a summer vacation’

By Maridith Yahl Special to KyForward It’s summer and that usually means lots of fun. But, the quarantine from COVID-19 has caused fear, anxiety, and loneliness. It can seem overwhelming as if there is no hope, but Dr. Annette Nunez says it is possible to achieve a positive summer mindset and improve our mental health. She suggests sending your brain on a summer vacation. Dr. Nunez, a licensed psychotherapist,...

CU-Well Counseling Center expands free online counseling services to include all Kentuckians

By Scarlett Birge Campbellsville University These are stressful and uncertain times due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. To combat higher levels of anxiety, depression, fear and other mental health concerns, Campbellsville University’s CU-Well Counseling Center is now providing two free resources. The first is free online counseling. The second is free online community groups. Both...

Whayne Herriford: Establishing and maintaining boundaries in relationships is key to mental health

For many of my clients, one of the sources of both depression and anxiety is their ability to establish and maintain boundaries with other people. In therapy, boundaries are the limits or rules we set for ourselves and others in relationships. It’s based on our understanding of what we want or need in our lives and how we are willing to allow people to help us fulfill them. Boundaries often are...

National awards program seeks Kentucky’s top youth volunteers; two honorees receive $1,000 scholarships

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Kentucky’s top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.orgt. The Prudential...

Youths using e-cigarettes more likely to try marijuana; connection increased with refillable e-cig pods

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Young people who use electronic cigarettes are more likely to use marijuana, and the odds are even greater for those who start using e-cigarettes early, according to newly published research. The analysis of 21 separate studies, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that the odds of marijuana use were 3½ times higher among youth who used electronic cigarettes,...

Harvard’s Institute of Politics releases its poll on what young Americans thinks about politics, public service

The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School has released new findings from the Harvard IOP Youth Poll. For nearly twenty years, the Harvard Public Opinion Project has provided the most comprehensive look at the political opinions, voting trends, and views on public service held by young Americans. The latest Harvard IOP Youth Poll indicates young voters between 18 and 29 years old are...

Feeling depressed? Need help with substance abuse? Holidays can be trigger; FindHealthNowKY

Many people can experience feelings of anxiety or depression during the holiday season. Extra stress, unrealistic expectations or even sentimental memories that accompany the season can be a catalyst for the holiday blues.   The holiday season can bring out many triggers that may induce uncomfortable feelings and negative emotions such as sadness, loneliness, anger, bitterness, and anxiety. Moreover,...

Constance Alexander: The semicolon is a valuable writing tool, that could some day save a life

“The great thing about the semicolon,” I tell my students, “is that it can make your writing look more sophisticated, and forge longer sentences that are flowing, not choppy.” But what I like best about semicolons is how Amy Bleuel transformed the symbol into a badge of hope. Thanks to her, the punctuation mark is a way to honor those who struggle with depression, suicide addiction, anxiety,...

SmartHealthToday: What? Me worry? Of course you do, so here’s what to do about it

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Nearly four out of every 10 of us worry every single day most frequently in the early morning or late evening, according to a new report. You name it, we worry about it. Our homes, our relationships, our jobs, the weather. We worry most late in the evening and early in the morning. What we worry about varies at different stages in our lives – finances and housing...

Don McNay: Keep ghosts of Christmas past
at bay by reaching out to help those in need

“Well there must be some way I can lose these lonesome blues Forget about the past and find somebody new I’ve thought of everything from A to Z Oh lonesome me”   -Don Gibson (covered later by the Kentucky Headhunters)   Berke Breathed did a wonderful 1980’s comic strip called Bloom County. One of the characters would open up an anxiety closet where odd reactions to...

Don McNay: Keep ghosts of Christmas past at bay by reaching out to help those in need

“Well there must be some way I can lose these lonesome blues Forget about the past and find somebody new I’ve thought of everything from A to Z Oh lonesome me”   -Don Gibson (covered later by the Kentucky Headhunters)   Berke Breathed did a wonderful 1980’s comic strip called Bloom County. One of the characters would open up an anxiety closet where odd reactions to...