Adolescence is a confusing time emotionally, physically and mentally for teenagers, and their parents. How do we determine whether certain behaviors are part of normal development or symptoms of a potential mental health concern? Tune in Tuesday for a conversation about the wide range of potential paths adolescent development can take, when or if parents need to be concerned, and how to hire the most effective professional if help becomes necessary.
The latest annual report from the American Lung Association shows smoking on the Central Coast is still a problem in many communities.
The report gives mixed grades for Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Not a single city got an "A" grade, but Carpinteria and San Luis Obispo got B grades, as did unincorporated Santa Barbara County.
Vanessa Marvin is a senior director with the Lung Association and says there's still a lot of work to be done by many of the other the area's other communities.
California is in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic, the worst the state has seen in 70 years.
The outbreak's latest fatality was a 25-day-old baby in Santa Barbara County. It's the county's first recorded death from the disease—also called pertussis—and only the second death in California since the outbreak started last year.
Elizabeth Barrett leads a conversation about the state of our collective mental health and the ways in which our helping professions are either aiding or getting in the way of our cultural well-being. With so many social services, treatments, and programs available, why are we all still struggling in so many ways?
When our current life no longer supports our mental health and well-being, how do we find the courage and energy to make a change? Tune in for a discussion with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and her guests about finding new passions in midlife and enhancing your life by taking a chance.
Central Coast health experts say there is growing local concern over the disease known as 'Valley Fever'. The number of cases statewide is rising, with more than 4,000 reported in 2012—likely just a fraction of those who actually came down with it.
San Luis Obispo County Epidemiologist Ann McDowell says it's important that local health care professionals understand the disease, so they can diagnose it properly.
For many, the holiday season brings little to be happy about, especially for those struggling with depressive moods or current chronic depression.
Along with anxiety, depression is the most common concern that brings people into therapy. So how are we doing as a community and a profession in helping ourselves, and others, to cope with this often debilitating condition?