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Sherry Bustin
Dr.
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Longview
Psychiatry
Allegiance Specialty Hospital of Kilgore
1612 S Henderson
Kilgore
TX
75662

What can I do to keep my mind healthy?

Research has emerged that shows there are many things we can do to keep our minds healthy.  Physical activity and a diet that helps lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure helps to keep our minds healthy by allowing our bodies to deliver oxygen-rich blood to our brains.  In addition, activities that stimulate our minds, like crossword puzzles, reading, writing, and learning new things, help to keep our brains healthy. Staying engaged with the people around us and our communities plays an equally big part in staying mentally fit.

 

I get the blues sometimes during the Holidays since I retired. How can I avoid this?

Don't isolate yourself. If you can't be with family, invite friends over to share the holidays.   Avoid alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant and will intensify feelings of sadness.  Watch your finances. Set a budget for gift giving and stick to it. Don't feel guilty if you can't afford to buy expensive gifts, it’s you they will remember not the gifts. Volunteer your time. Helping others is a great way to forget your own troubles. Don't deny or try to hide your feelings of sadness. Very often just being able to share your feelings with someone can help.

 

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder is the medical name for Manic Depression. It is a mood disorder characterized by mood swings. Though there is no known cure, most forms of Bipolar Disorder are treatable with medication and supportive psychotherapy. The textbook definition of Bipolar Disorder is: one or more Manic or Hypomanic Episodes, accompanied by one or more Major Depressive Episodes. These episodes typically happen in cycles. In plain English, a person who has Bipolar Disorder will be severely up some of the time, severely down some of the time, and in the middle some or most of the time.

 

I think my friend is depressed and needs help, but he refuses to talk about it. What can I do?

Keep asking and offering help. Providing information pamphlets, website addresses, helpline phone numbers and names of health professionals to educate him about where to get help or to better understand his problems is doing a lot for him. There might be things he does not want to share with you which are getting in the way of him talking to you. Suggest he talk to his healthcare provider. If he is very unwell and disturbed to the point that he is thinking of hurting himself or someone else, then you need to seek emergency assistance (911).

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