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Psychiatry/Psychology

April 13, 2018

Diagnosis and Treatment for a Mysterious Illness Turn Despair Into Hope

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

With unexplained symptoms worsening daily, Elise Athas’ health was spiraling downward quickly until she came to Mayo Clinic and discovered a program that helped her cope, recover and heal.

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Tags: Dr. Jeffrey Staab, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, Dr. Michel Toledano, Functional neurologic disorders, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Psychology


March 2, 2018

Helping New Moms Emerge From Postpartum Depression

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After her second child was born, Alethea Clark experienced a severe form of postpartum depression. With care from Mayo Clinic Health System, she eventually overcame the disorder. Now Alethea hopes her story will encourage others to seek help, too. 

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Tags: Emily Sisco, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Postpartum depression


August 30, 2016

Pain Rehabilitation Puts Brent and Nancy Berry Back in the Saddle

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During the holidays last year, Nancy and Brent Berry of Danbury, Iowa, went on a train ride with their children and grandchildren, after a two-hour car ride to get there. They’ve been horseback riding with friends. They’re laughing, running errands together, and hosting their grandchildren for overnight stays. Not long ago, they couldn’t enjoy any of those activities. […]

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Tags: Chronic Fatigue, Dr. Wesley Gilliam, fibromyalgia, Inflammatory Arthritis, Pain Medicine, Pain Rehabilitation Center


August 16, 2015

Patients Tell How Pain Rehabilitation Program Brought Them Relief

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

Three weeks. It sounds like a long time, especially if you’re going to a hospital or clinic every day. But for people living with chronic pain, a daily, multi-week program is compelling if it can help them return to a more active lifestyle. Established in 2011, the Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus […]

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Tags: Florida Campus, MayoClinicFL, Pain Medicine, Pain Rehabilitation Center, PRC, Sletten


December 10, 2014

An Answer to Chronic Pain Through Community

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Read time: 7 minutes Kylee Swensrud doesn’t want to talk about the bad stuff. About how the chronic back pain she’s been living with for the past few years caused emotional distress and drove a wedge between her parents, or the weight it placed on her older sister over concern for her. And she especially […]

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Tags: back pain, chronic pain, Pain Rehabilitation Center


March 6, 2014

Game On! … in Ruth’s battle with depression

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

For many years, those lucky enough to share a work space with Ruth Tibesar, a lab technician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, had come to expect to hear at least one thing when they came to work every day: Laughter. Because that’s just the kind of person Ruth Tibesar is — she enjoys making those […]

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Tags: Depression, Dr. Kyle Cedermark, Dr. Robert Morgan III, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Mood Disorders Unit, Patient Stories, Psychiatry and Psychology


May 9, 2012

Rehab Program Helps Texas Teen Learn to Manage Chronic Pain

By Stacy Theobald stacytheobald

Austin Horton’s adolescence was dominated by pain. More than a dozen specialists — among them an orthopedist, rheumatologist, pain doctor, psychiatrist and acupuncturist — couldn’t offer much relief or even a definitive reason for the pain.

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Tags: 5308, 5313, 5335, Austin Horton, Barabara Bruce Ph.D., chronic pain


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