Using HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

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Current or recent past users of hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Before the link between HRT use and breast cancer risk was established, many postmenopausal women took HRT for many years to ease menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, fatigue) and to reduce bone loss. Since 2002, when research linked HRT and risk, the number of women taking HRT has dropped dramatically. Still, many women continue to use HRT to handle bothersome menopausal symptoms.

There are two main types of HRT:

  • combination HRT contains the hormones estrogen and progesterone

  • estrogen-only HRT contains only estrogen

Each type of HRT seems to have a different effect on breast cancer risk.

Combination HRT increases breast cancer risk by about 75%, even when used for only a short time. Combination HRT also increases the likelihood that the

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Therapy for LGBTQ issues, LGBTQ Therapist

Although a person’s sexual or romantic orientation or gender identity may not be a source of distress, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, or any other orientation or gender identity may find that the social stigma of living as a minority is a source of stress or anxiety.

When seeking therapy, whether for issues associated with one’s sexual, romantic, or gender identity or for concerns related to mental health, finding a qualified mental health professional who has experience and familiarity with the challenges members of the LGBTQIA community often face can be critical to successful therapy outcomes.

What Does LGBTQIA Stand For? 

The acronym LGBTQIA, an expansion of the previously used LGBT, was broadened to encompass a greater number of individuals. Some individuals argue the practice of grouping those who are not heterosexual or cisgender (or neither) under this acronym, which may or may not

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Arm/Shoulder Problems Common After Breast Cancer Surgery

A study found that most women who had breast cancer surgery had some type of arm problem (ranging from mild to severe) even 1 1/2 years after surgery. The research was presented at the 2008 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium.

After breast cancer surgery, some women experience numbness, swelling, weakness, or tingling in the arm and shoulder area on the same side of the body on which surgery was done. These problems are more likely to happen after mastectomy surgery and less likely to happen after lumpectomy. The possibility for arm and shoulder problems depends quite a bit on whether any lymph nodes were removed during surgery and if so, how many were removed.

Lymphedema (pronounced LIMF-eh-DEE-ma) is a condition that can happen after breast cancer surgery. Research has shown that between 5% and 25% of women develop some lymphedema after breast cancer surgery. Lymphedema is

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Hormonal Therapy for Treating Breast Cancer

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Hormonal therapy medicines treat hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers in two ways:

  • by lowering the amount of the hormone estrogen in the body

  • by blocking the action of estrogen on breast cancer cells 

Most of the estrogen in women’s bodies is made by the ovaries. Estrogen makes hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers grow. So reducing the amount of estrogen or blocking its action can reduce the risk of early-stage hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers coming back (recurring) after surgery. Hormonal therapy medicines can also be used to help shrink or slow the growth of advanced-stage or metastatic hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers.

Hormonal therapy medicines are NOT effective against hormone-receptor-negative breast cancers.

There are several types of hormonal therapy medicines, including aromatase inhibitors, selective estrogen receptor modulators, and estrogen receptor downregulators.


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Finding a Therapist Who Can Help You Heal

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Learn how to choose the right therapist, get the most out of your therapy or counseling sessions, and evaluate your treatment progress.

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How therapy and counseling can help

Therapy can be an effective treatment for a host of mental and emotional problems. Simply talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive person can often make you feel better. It can be very healing, in and of itself, to voice your worries or talk about something that’s weighing on your mind. And it feels good to be listened to—to know that someone else cares about you and wants to help.

While it can be very helpful to talk about your problems to close friends and family members, sometimes you need help that the people around you aren’t able to provide. When you need extra support, an outside perspective, or some expert guidance, talking to a therapist or

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Find A Therapist. Local Therapist Guide

Simply type in your city, state, or zip code in the search bar above to find a therapist helping people in your area. Finding a therapist near you is helpful if you’re seeking in-person therapy. With online therapy, you have more flexibility in choosing therapy with a counselor best suited for your needs. 

Which licensed counselor is right for me?

Finding the right therapist for you can seem overwhelming, but you can narrow down your search by considering what type of counseling you’d like to pursue. Take a few minutes to read through some therapist profiles to see their different areas of expertise and their philosophies on therapy. If you feel like your matched therapist isn’t the right one for you, you can choose to match with a different therapist at any time. The most important thing in therapy is if you feel comfortable with your counselor.

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More Americans are seeking mental health treatment

Nearly half of American households have had someone seek mental health treatment this year, but many still perceive cost and lack of insurance coverage as barriers to seeking help, according to a recent national poll by APA’s Practice Directorate. The poll–a telephone survey of 1,000 randomly selected Americans between the ages of 18 and 64–also shows that stigma about seeking mental health treatment is increasingly less of an obstacle to getting treatment. The Practice Directorate conducts such a poll every few years to gauge public sentiment about mental health care.

Indeed, 48 percent of those polled reported a visit to a mental health professional by someone in their household this year, and more than nine out of 10–91 percent–said they would likely consult or recommend a mental health professional if they or a family member were experiencing a problem.

“We’ve made progress in people’s attitudes toward getting mental health treatment

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Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)

With the guidance of the therapist, a patient establishes a chronological narrative of his or her life, concentrating mainly on their traumatic experiences, but also incorporating some positive events. It is believed that this contextualizes the network of cognitive, affective and sensory memories of a patient’s trauma. By expressing the narrative, the patient fills in details of fragmentary memories and develops a coherent autobiographical story. In so doing, the memory of a traumatic episode is refined and understood.

Key elements of the therapist’s behavior include compassionate understanding, active listening, therapeutic alliance and unequivocal positive regard.

The therapist asks the patient to describe his or her emotions, thoughts, sensory information and physiological responses in detail. The patient is asked to narrate the traumatic experience and relive the emotions experienced without losing connection to the present. Staying present is achieved by utilizing permanent reminders that the emotions and physical responses that occur

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Therapy Services LLC, Walmart support Empower House Ministries | Free

The Emporia Gazette

Recovery Residence for Female Addicts Serving Lyon and Surrounding Counties

Empower House Ministries recently announced two recent funding sources toward its mission to start a residential recovery center for female addicts in Emporia that will service Lyon County and surrounding areas.

The organization’s mission is two-fold:

F Provide addicts with stable and empowering housing while pursuing long-term recovery.

F Teach residents essential life skills (budgeting, job search, cooking, health, relationships, self-identity, etc.) through on-site clinics.

Therapy Services owned by Gayle Taylor-Ford made a donation toward the Emporia House Ministries general fund. Taylor-Ford serves as the president of the Board of Directors for Empower House Ministries.

As a Clinical Addictions Counselor and owner/executive director of Therapy Services LLC, Taylor-Ford has “a profound understanding of the need for Empower House Ministries.” Therapy services provides outpatient addictions treatment as well as home and community based traumatic brain injury waiver services,

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Optimal dosages for melatonin supplementation therapy in older adults: a systematic review of current literature


Melatonin is a hormone that regulates circadian rhythm, and its levels decline with age. As melatonin levels decrease, older adults are prone to develop disorders related to an altered circadian rhythm. The effective dose of melatonin supplementation in these disorders remains unclear.


Our objective was to define the optimal dosage of exogenous melatonin administration in disorders related to altered melatonin levels in older adults aged 55 years and above by determining the dose-response effect of exogenous administered melatonin on endogenous levels.


We conducted a systematic review through PubMed/MEDLINE and Embase, both from 1980 until November 2013. Included articles studied the effect of exogenous melatonin administration on endogenous melatonin levels in either serum, urine, or saliva in humans aged 55 years and above.


We included 16 articles, nine of which were randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The mean age varied from 55.3 to 77.6 years. Melatonin dosage varied

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