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Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System (HRHS) wants you to have a game plan this school year. Here are 5 tips to help you and your child be prepared for the start of school.  

Form a routine sleep schedule

The days of sleeping in are over. Sleep routines are important for people of all ages to feel well rested throughout their day. Early waking’s may be rough at first, but your child’s natural body clock will align with the new sleep schedule. It is recommended that children aged 6-13 get 9-11 hours of sleep and children 14-17 get 8-10 hours of sleep. 

Natural Disaster Trauma

The grass fires Reno County (and Kansas for that matter) has been dealing with can be considered a traumatic experience for some individuals. Many mental health issues may arise in the aftermath of the disaster such as depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is hard to predict when the effects of these disorders will set in. It can be weeks, months, or even years after the event. That is why it is so important to know the signs and symptoms.

Changing Perspectives/Changing Lives

My grandpa was always angry. Or so I thought. He rarely smiled, or talked to us kids, and when he did we couldn’t understand him.  It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s and my older sister and I were talking about our childhood and memories of grandpa, when I realized that there was more to the story. Grandpa was not a chronic grump, he had Parkinson’s disease.

My Legs Hurt

I recently started a new strength training program, and my legs are SORE!  It hurts to walk and my hips ache.  My discomfort will only last a couple of days and I know why I’m hurting.  What about you?  Do you have pain when you walk?  How far can you walk?  A block, half a block?  Do you ever get cramps in your buttocks, thighs, or calves?  Does it get better when you rest?  Do you have sores on your shins or feet, that don’t seem to get any better?  You might have peripheral artery disease, or PAD.

Abundance of Resources

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center provides an abundance of resources available not only to employees but also to the public. These resources are meant to be used to fulfill any needs our community may have. One of those resources would be the education department. The education department is the center to many of the resources provided by Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Education helps sponsor and inform the public about upcoming events and additional information or questions the public may have about an event.

What the Heck is Depression?

You've heard the word, but what does it really mean?

Depression is a mental illness that affects 14.8 million American adults (ages 18 and older) in a given year.  It is often referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression. Although it is a common mood disorder, it is also serious.  It can be severe enough to impact your daily life including how you feel, think, handle daily activities, sleep, eat, and work.

There are several different forms of depression. The National Institute of Mental Health  (NIHM) outlines them here:

The Unquiet Mind

Most people have the typical “unquiet mind” that never seems to relax. Even when those of us are occupied with long bike rides, a light jog, or cooking a new healthy recipe from Hutchinson Regional’s careful selection, my brain is distracted by anxiety. “Am I prepared for that meeting?” “What did it mean when that person said X to me?” or even “Will there be any cauliflower rice at the store tomorrow? What do I do if there isn’t any?”

The Face of Mental Illness

If I asked you to describe what someone with depression looks like, what would you say? Sad? Crying? Disheveled? Although those are symptoms of depression, it is also a stereotype. Depression, as well as mental illness in general, is not a facial expression. You cannot tell just from looking at a person that they have a mental illness. Individuals who have suffered from mental illness for a long time can be very good at hiding it. You may see them every day with a smile on their face, when really they are being tortured on the inside.