Do the Holidays have you Stressed?

From shopping and entertaining to gift giving – the holidays can add a lot of stress to your plate this season. Mental Health Counselor, Lynne Shine of Audubon Counseling was in the Winging It Buffalo Style studio this week to discuss tips and advice to get through the holiday season with a positive mind set.

9 Ways to Treat Seasonal Depression

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of seasonal depression triggered by the change in seasons, primarily winter. More than half a million Americans experience a winter depression but are better come summer. “It is important to treat SAD, because all forms of depression limit people’s ability to live their lives to the fullest, to […]

Daylight savings got you down? How to combat SAD

The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder. We’re still adjusting to Daylight Savings Time and another Western New York winter is on its way. It can affect not just only our physical health, but also our mental health. According to the American Psychiatric Association, 10 million Americans suffer from seasonal affective […]

Dealing with the emotions of a cancer diagnosis

Shock, disbelief, fear, anxiety, guilt, sadness, grief, depression, anger. These are some of the common feelings the American Cancer Society says you may experience after you are diagnosed with cancer. The journey following a diagnosis can be a long struggle, but what about the rush of emotions upon initially learning the news?  In honor of […]

The Psychology of Ebola Fear

What do we know about the psychological factors that are likely to determine how fearful or worried you become about the current Ebola outbreak? It is a topic that certainly commands a significant amount of news time, and it is – of course – an infectious disease that to date has no effective treatment. There […]

Reactions to the Adrian Peterson Child Abuse Case

NFL player Adrian Peterson admitted using a wooden stick (switch) to discipline his 4-year-old son. He is facing a felony charge of child abuse. The Minnesota Vikings have reconsidered their decision to allow Peterson to play and are benching him indefinitely while he goes through the legal process. Mental Health Counselor Lynne Shine of Audubon […]

Helping your child with back to school anxiety

Back-to-school anxiety is normal and expected. Most kids feel uneasy about going back to school after a long summer break. Others may feel nervous about starting school for the first time. Anxious children and teens worry about many different school-related issues, such as teachers, friends, clothing, fitting in, and/or being away from their parents. Whichever […]

What are the warning signs of depression?

With the recent passing of comedian Robin Williams, we wanted to shed some light on the topic of depression. Although depression affects people in different ways, there are many common symptoms of this illness. It’s important to be able to distinguish depression from the normal ups and downs of everyday life. According to the National […]

What is an OASAS Approved Provider?

If you’ve been charged with (or convicted of) an impaired driving offense and require clinical screening and assessment services, Audubon Counseling is here to help. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is committed to keeping roadways safe by assuring high quality service to individuals charged with or convicted of […]

Understanding Mental Disorders

Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older or about one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to […]