Catherine Zeta-Jones’ brave step forward
Catherine Zeta-Jones’ brave public acknowledgement of her mental health problems, including appearing on the cover of People Magazine, invited people all over the world to identify with her problem and recognize they or their loved ones are not alone if they are suffering with emotional problems. “This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them” and “if my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged just one person to seek help, then it is worth it.” Her announcement is a landmark in public health awareness. That someone as beautiful and successful as Katherine Zeta-Jones
CATHERINE ZETA-JONES’ public revelation of her recent diagnosis has brought needed public awareness to mental health issues. can struggle with a serious mental health issue and feel comfortable enough to share it with the world will certainly motivate others to emulate her strength and intelligence, “there’s no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.” Very fortunately, because of people in the limelight who share their struggles, the stigma once attached to seeking therapy has greatly diminished. No doubt, if your throat hurts, you break a bone, suffer any aches and pains or show signs of illness that require medical attention, you’re on it. You make an appointment with your doctor, get a diagnosis, and ultimately fill the prescription that will heal you. The responsible adult takes great pains to stay healthy by eating well, exercising, taking supplements and recommended medications and making sure to have a complete physical every year. But, taking care of your emotional health is often last on your list, until like Catherine Zeta-Jones, you realize you have no choice. Neither fame, wealth, nor talent immunizes anyone against the vicissitudes of physical and mental illness.
aging, dealing with troubled children or other family members, addictions, abuse, bereavement or anything that gets in the way of your emotional health and happiness. However, many people resist seeking help. If you have a weak heart, you control
Issues that can stop you in your tracks and prohibit everyday function as a parent, a partner or on the job include panic attacks, depression, unemployment, marital discord, eating disorders, coping with
your diet, exercise more, take prescribed medication and follow doctor’s orders. If you have a broken heart, there’s more to it. Sometimes, making that first call and findContinued on GOOD HEALTH page 2
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SOUTH NASSAU COMMUNITIES HOSPITAL
ONE HEALTHY WAY, OCEANSIDE, NY 11572
By JOHN KASTAN, Ph.D & AUDREY GOODMAN
May 5, 2011 — HERALD COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS — GOOD HEALTH
Overcoming the stigma of dealing with emotional issues
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Norman Saffra, MD, FACS, is one of the nationâ€™s leading ophthalmic laser and micro surgeons. Dr. Saffra is known for his expertise in diseases of the Retina and Vitreous such as; diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and retinal tears and detachments. He is also experienced in caring for patients with uveitis and Neuro-Ophthalmic disorders. Dr. Saffra is a Fellow of: The American College of Surgeons and The American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the North American Association of Neuro-Ophthalmology. Dr. Saffra frequently lectures in medical schools and to physicians throughout the country. Dr. Saffra is actively involved in clinical and surgical research. He has contributed over 25 scholarly papers to peer review journals and assisted in the design of two different surgical instruments. Under Dr. Saffraâ€™s leadership, The Eye Institute at Maimonides is at the forefront of advancing medical science by pursuing research into diseases that cause permanent vision loss. He has been consistently listed in the â€œCastle Connolly Guide: How to find the Best Doctors (New York Metro area)â€? and has been listed in New York Magazine â€œBest Doctorsâ€? issue 12 times. He continues to be quoted by all major television networks and newspapers in regards to ophthalmology issues. Dr. Saffra resides in Nassau County with his family, and is looking forward to bringing state of the art retinal care to our area.
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For over 40 years, Oceanside Care Center has been welcoming residents from our community and providing personalized care to meet their individual needs. Residents donâ€™t get lost at Oceanside. Because of the small size of our facility, we are able to know each resident, cater to their individuality and provide more one to one service. We invite you to come and tour our facility and meet our staff and the residents and families we serve. We look forward to welcoming you.