Behavioral Health, Norton Community Medical Associates

Anxiety may be a mental health issue, but it can cause physical pain. Here’s what you should know

Research from the National Institute of Mental Health suggests that an estimated 5.7 % of American adults experience generalized anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. When comparing the numbers of adults who have experienced anxiety in the past year, there is a higher prevalence in women (2.7%) than in men (1.9%) Research has…

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Behavioral Health, Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Now

Depression can cause pain and pain can cause depression

Physical pain and depression often go together. Unexplained general aches and pain are often the symptoms that patients first bring up before their primary care providers reach a depression diagnosis. Pain and other physical symptoms of depression can include: Chronic joint pain Pain in limbs and/or back Stomach or other gastrointestinal concerns Fatigue Sleep difficulty…

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Behavioral Health, Health Equity

Barriers to mental health care are breaking down — with help from professional resources

Mental health conditions do not discriminate. Anyone can have challenges at any point in their lives. The difference is how these issues are addressed and perceived. These differences are glaringly obvious in African American communities. How mental health affects Black communities “We hear often that Black Americans view mental health struggles as a personal weakness,”…

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Behavioral Health

CPTSD vs PTSD: What are the differences between post-traumatic stress disorders?

Most people probably have heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This anxiety disorder results from a traumatic event, which can be physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological in nature. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) has all the characteristics of PTSD and then some. Here is a breakdown of both conditions and their symptoms. PTSD vs. CPTSD…

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Behavioral Health, Dementia, Neurosciences

Behavior changes in dementia patients: Tips for caregivers

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or any memory disorder, the first thought might be that they will begin to forget things. While that is true, there are a host of other symptoms and changes that will occur. “As caregivers, we want to know what is normal and if there’s anything we can…

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Behavioral Health, Memory, Neurosciences

How to help a loved one cope with dementia-related decision-making changes

Dementia and other neurological disorders can have devasting effects on the patient and their family. One of the ways dementia changes someone’s life is its impact on decision-making: the ability to gather and process information to make a healthy or desirable choice. Read on for information about helping a loved one navigate the changes in…

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Behavioral Health, Epilepsy, Neurosciences

Epilepsy surgery when medication doesn’t work

If medication fails in controlling epilepsy, there is still hope. Medication failure means that two different medicines have not controlled your epilepsy. Surgery for epilepsy is an alternative means of stopping seizures or reducing seizure severity. Should I have surgery for epilepsy? “Medication-resistant epilepsy” (known medically as refractory epilepsy) is a condition where seizures do…

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Behavioral Health, COVID19

Mental and spiritual health after COVID-19: Stress, depression and anxiety

It’s hard to believe the world has struggled with the COVID-19 virus and its variants for over two years now. From quarantine to vaccines, to isolation and upheaval, it’s no wonder we just don’t feel “normal.” Mental health after COVID-19 is complicated, and many people need help. “We were seeing a rise in the need…

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Behavioral Health, Heart, Norton Community Medical Associates

Anxiety symptoms persist along with COVID-19 pandemic

In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, acute anxiety, panic attacks and similar topic searches online spiked following a March 2020 presidential declaration of a national emergency. Although researchers found anxiety-related searches soon returned to previous levels, emergency rooms and immediate care clinics have continued to see high levels of patients experiencing anxiety symptoms,…

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Behavioral Health, Behavioral Oncology, Cancer

Cancer care for the whole person includes emotional health

No one needs to face cancer alone. A cancer diagnosis is life-altering, and living with cancer can cause feelings of fear, sadness, nervousness and uncertainty, and a sense of being overwhelmed. At Norton Cancer Institute, the health care team understands that patients need both leading-edge medical care and support for their mental and emotional health…

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Behavioral Health, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Knowing your MS triggers can help reduce worsening symptoms or relapses

Multiple sclerosis (MS) triggers that worsen symptoms or cause a relapse can include stress, heart disease and smoking. While some are easier to avoid than others, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and overall health and wellness can have outsized benefits for MS patients. Every MS patient’s triggers are going to be different. Understanding what can cause…

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Behavioral Health, Health Equity, Norton Community Medical Associates

Norton Healthcare opens first 100% bilingual practice in Okolona

Esta publicación también está disponible en español. On Monday, Nov. 22, Norton Community Medical Associates – La Clínica Preston, Norton Healthcare’s first 100% bilingual practice, will open in Okolona specifically to serve Louisville’s Latinx community. “We are excited to bring together staff and providers who understand the unique health concerns of our Spanish speaking patients,”…

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