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I celebrated my birthday on May 14 in the year of COVID-19. My wife Dale and I usually go out with friends for our birthdays. Obviously, that wasn’t happening this year. So, we ordered in from one of our favorite Italian restaurants. I had baked ziti and Dale had seafood over pasta. We had a seven-layer cake for dessert. It was a beautiful day all day, sunny and in the fifties. Some...

LIBN Column April 15, 2020, By Jenna Kern-Rugile Rumor has it that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague. So, how’s working at home during our modern day plague going for you? Social media and other sources are replete with articles about how you can use your time during the pandemic to be more productive. Not only are you supposed to be working remotely at full capacity – or even harder, because,...

Do you feel like your world has been turned upside down? The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an escalation in anxiety, fear and depression for the entire population, both young and old. It’s a traumatic experience for everyone, regardless of whether they were experiencing mental health challenges prior to the crisis.  The highly trained therapists at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center are dedicated to serving their clients during this enormously difficult...

One of my favorite phone apps is the Weather Channel. I check it every day, sometimes several times a day, to track the temperature, wind and precipitation in my zip code. If I want to, I can search any zip code anywhere. It helps me to prepare for when I plan to walk or go bike riding. It is also helpful to see how the weather conditions might affect my commute...

By Jennifer Pearlman, LMHC at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center I keep waiting for this to end so I can tell my family and friends about this crazy, unrealistic movie I watched about the entire world shutting down over a contagious virus called COVID-19. And then I must remind myself that this is not a movie, it is the current reality of the entire world. Everyone is now in a...

Back in the early 1950s, when the suburbs on Long Island were rapidly expanding, very few mental health services were available, especially for children. In many families, issues such as depression and anxiety weren’t spoken about openly. In fact, they were considered shameful. But not everyone was ignoring the reality that young people needed help.  The vast majority of the founders of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center were women. In...

It’s all over the news and social media. The coronavirus—in particular, COVID19—has people of all ages understandably concerned. When a director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells the public to be prepared for a “significant disruption” of their routines, it certainly raises red flags. But how do we make sure our children aren’t overwhelmed by fear of this disease? First, some good news to help ease your mind: So...

Are you concerned that your adolescent may be prone to health problems as a result of being significantly overweight? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s.  Today, nearly 1 in 5 school age U.S. children and young people (6 to 19 years) is considered obese. When you factor in those who are considered overweight but not yet obese, the...

Although we’ve had a relatively warm and snow-free winter thus far on Long Island, that doesn’t mean that those who experience SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, have escaped the depressive symptoms that accompany this mood disorder. Starting as early as October or November, people with SAD—about six percent of the U.S. population, primarily in northern regions—begin to experience depression that is related to the lack of sunlight, less time outdoors and...

Long Islanders are very lucky to have one of the best public library systems in the country. In Nassau County alone, there are 54 libraries!  When you think of libraries, likely the first thing that comes to mind is (you guessed it) books—and being able to peruse thousands upon thousands of books at your library or at home is certainly a wonderful thing! But libraries offer a wide variety of services,...