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5 Ways to Protect Your Mental Well-Being During the Holidays

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If you’re one of the 16.1 million adults who suffer from depression, the holidays may bring on additional anxieties and stress that could trigger your depression.

According to experts at Via Christi when stress is at its peak, the best thing you can do is stop and regroup to prevent stress or a depressive cycle from taking away from your holiday.

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression:

Holiday Unhappiness: Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder and Depression

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The holiday season is a time for festive décor, food, family and fun. But wet, wintry weather and earlier sunsets during the holidays can cause some people to feel blue.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression, which is also treatable, affects an estimated one in 15 adults in a given year.

Answers to 5 Common Questions about Quitting Smoking

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Every smoker who is ready to quit has a different motivation for trying to kick the habit.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. And, while it's best to quit as early as possible, even someone who quits smoking later in life can improve their health.

Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg will unveil upgrades to Emergency Room during ribbon-cutting ceremony

After six months of construction and remodeling, Ascension Via Christi Hospital will unveil the Emergency Room’s new look during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. Nov. 16.

Cardiologist performs Pittsburg's first cardiac electrophysiology procedure

Dr Rizwan Khalid first EP study

After months of training and preparation, Dr. Rizwan Khalid, a cardiac electrophysiologist (cardiologist) at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, completed his first cardiac electrophysiology (EP) study and ablation, a procedure used to correct rhythm disorders in the heart, Oct. 25.

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