September 5, 2012
Stacks of magazines. Broken appliances. Blocked stairways and doorways. Instances of hoarding can dramatically affect someone's daily life, but experts say the behaviors are tied to depression and need intervention to control. About 15 elder care and mental health professionals from Franklin County, Pa., recently attended training about hoarding. “We do go into homes where this is a problem,” said Michelle Briggs, a Franklin County Area Agency on Aging care manager. Her co-worker, Ashley McCullough, said the agency often receives calls from concerned relatives of a possible hoarder.
July 25, 2012
Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown is holding a series of free community healing forums this summer. The community is invited. The schedule is as follows: • Wednesday, July 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. - “Suicide Survivors.” Eileen Stanzione will discuss grief, loss, guilt and regrets as normal reactions after someone you love or care about “completes” suicide. Available resources will be shared. • Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. - “Understanding and Coping with Depression in the Congregation and in Ministry.” James K. Childerston will give an overview of the types of depression people experience, including symptoms, causes and treatment.
January 27, 2012
Baby Blues and Beyond will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Robinwood Professional Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Suite 142, east of Hagerstown. Learn about symptoms, risk factors, and medications during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Two speakers will be featured. The event is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information, call 301-790-8907.
October 19, 2011
What You Should Know About Depression is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown. This free community program sponsored by Brook Lane will be presented by Dr. Jamal Fawaz. Depression is a common mental illness that effects people of all ages and backgrounds, as well as the people around them. The program will discuss the signs and symptoms of depression and current treatment options. To register, call 301-733-0331, ext.349.
September 2, 2011
Jala Yoga is offering a workshop, Yoga for Harmonizing Anxiety, Depression and Mood Swings, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. The workshop is appropriate for all levels of students. The cost is $15. For more information and to register, contact instructor Siri McDonald at email@example.com or 703-554-3914.
August 8, 2011
Be aware of addictions that can take control of your life To the editor: I'm 88 years old now and in good health and glad I was able to quit smoking cigarettes at age 35. I think addiction to anything in life is something that happens to a person before they realize they are addicted. After we become an addict, it's too late to be aware of the danger of it. It's probably one of the worst things that we are prone to be caught up in, because it can ruin one's life and others around us. Listen, I've seen it happen to people and it's really a sad situation.
April 6, 2010
QUINCY, Pa. -- Debbie Althouse and Elizabeth "Betsy" Snively are self-described tomboys. As children, they both enjoyed climbing to the top of chicken coops. Once up there, Debbie would join her brothers in jumping to the ground, while Betsy sat and used the surroundings as inspiration for her art. The women grew up 125 miles apart but shared much in common for their childhood pursuits. Now, at ages 105 and 103, they live in Quincy Village, a retirement community north of Waynesboro, Pa. Debbie Althouse Debbie, who was born Nov. 11, 1904, has lived the majority of her life in Berks County, Pa. She moved to Quincy Village in 1996, four years after the death of her husband, Harry.
May 5, 2009
The Mental Health Center will conduct a free anxiety and depression screening from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Mental Health Center, 1180 Professional Court in Hagerstown. For more information, call Donna Frentz at 301-791-3045, ext. 175.
April 22, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland father who shot his wife and three children to death and then killed himself struggled with depression, had $450,000 in debt and nearly decapitated his kids after they had died, Frederick County Sheriff Charles Jenkins said Tuesday. In six notes left behind, Christopher Wood, 34, discussed his family's severe financial problems and remorse for what he had done. Then, he committed suicide. A relative found the family Saturday in their Middletown home in northwest Maryland.
March 15, 2009
Mike Brady has a story to tell and an ax to grind. He talks about both in his book, "Realign: The Mystical Path to Defeating Depression," published this year by Mindwolf CMA. Brady's book tells the story of his journey from Hagerstown to Florida and back. He also tells how he struggled with depression and healed himself, he says, through a self-developed program of metaphysical study and practice. He calls his program realignment. Raised in Hagerstown, Brady said his growing-up years were ordinary.