A Journey to Sobriety
Addiction is such a difficult journey to endure, but it’s also a much misunderstood one. Friends and family members often take the perspective of, “Why can’t you just quit?” It’s not that easy; not in the least. Addiction, no matter which form it takes, presents challenges equal to that of other chronic health conditions.
Barbara Lynch, patient at the Women's Hospital Center for Healing Arts, shares her experience with addiction and what she’s now doing to ensure she thrives.
New Year, New Resolutions
Laura L, RN, Bereavement Coordinator
It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. When you are grieving, it can be daunting to look towards the future. It can be hard to celebrate the year knowing the profound loss you have been through. Many people make resolutions for the coming year, some attainable and some not. This month, we look at some new grief resolutions.
Easing Your Fertility Journey
Libby Brown, PsyD at Center for Healing Arts and Wellness Services
Fertility treatments have come a long way since their introduction—from both a scientific and stigma perspective. Women and their partners have many more effective options to achieve their fertility goals, whether they are dealing with immediate issues or want to preserve their eggs for future use.
Dr. Libby Brown, clinical psychologist and wellness and counseling expert at Deaconess the Women's Hospital, guides women along the final stages of that journey.
Genetic Testing for Mental Health
Elizabeth Johnson, RN, APRN, PMH-C
One might not think about genetic testing in regard to mental health, but it can absolutely give physicians important clues. Elizabeth Johnson, family nurse practitioner and perinatal mental health nurse practitioner at Deaconess Hospitals Center for Healing Arts, turns to such scientific data to help guide treatment options.
“Part of my niche is navigating what treatment options may be best, specific to medication, adding or subtracting, starting or stopping, based on how that person is struggling and what their need is at that time in their life,” she states.