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Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Founder & Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Spousal Caregivers: How to Avoid Mental Exhaustion

Taking care of an ill or aging spouse is not easy. You love your spouse, and you want to give them the best possible care no matter what they’re going through. However, being a caregiver for a spouse is undeniably exhausting. Not only do you

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Managing Increased Anger With Age

Occasional anger is a normal part of the human experience. We all find ourselves in frustrating situations from time to time, and feeling angry about an unfair, hurtful, or stressful situation is to be expected. Anger shouldn’t be our baseline emotion, though. Chronic, intense anger

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How Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Affects Seniors?

With the winter weather setting in, many people are currently making changes to their daily routines to adjust to the cold temperatures and short daylight hours. If you live in an area that experiences harsh winters, it’s not unusual to spend more time at home

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COPD and Mental Health

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a group of progressive lung diseases that affect millions of people across the United States. Cases range in severity, and many treatments are available to help with symptom management. Coping with the diagnosis can be difficult, though, so

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Mental Health Issues and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in your joints. If you have RA, you’re familiar with how painful and frustrating the illness can be. Although there are medications and treatments that can help greatly with pain management, mobility, and dexterity, rheumatoid

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Does Parkinson’s Disease Affect Mental Health?

Parkinson’s disease is a serious neurological condition that can affect so many aspects of your life. Although there are a variety of treatments available in this day and age that help manage the symptoms, the diagnosis can still be very difficult to deal with.  

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The Psychological Effects of Kidney Disease

Kidney disease can have a clear and significant impact on your physical health, but the effects of the condition on mental health are not discussed as often. Any chronic condition can influence your mental and emotional well-being as it can affect your daily routine, your

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Seniors Suffering From Isolation-Induced Depression

Social isolation is one of the most serious and widespread problems affecting seniors. Although it may not seem like a major concern, isolation and loneliness can impact practically every aspect of your health. We need regular, meaningful connections with others to stay well, and unfortunately,

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Medicare vs HMO/PPO Plans

If you’re at or approaching retirement age, you’re likely looking into Medicare plans. It becomes obvious pretty quickly that the Medicare landscape is not exactly straight forward. There are many options, and it can be confusing about what’s the right plan for you. Everyone has

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