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Spirit e-Newsletter | June 2009 | Krist Samaritan Center | Touching Lives, Healing Hearts
“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, singers of songs.” ~ Pam Brown  Dads wear an armor. A special kind of armor that as children we think can never be penetrated. And as we grow older, we realize that this armor can break down from problems such as depression, anxiety and stress. Read on to learn about how anxiety disorders can affect even the strongest dads and their families. It’s time to sit back, relax and catch this month’s Spirit.
No Need to Panic: Men and Anxiety Disorders  In today’s society, there are several unspoken expectations of men: don’t appear weak; avoid showing emotion; always be strong. Because of these expectations and the notion of “holding it all in,” many men are burdened with a bevy of anxiety-ridden thoughts and emotions.   Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias and generalized anxiety disorder, affect about 13 percent of Americans ages 18 to 54 in a given year. At some point in their lives, 1 in 5 men will develop an anxiety disorder.  There are many experiences in life that can contribute to increased anxiety in men. Issues at work, a low level of self confidence or difficulties at home can all contribute to a man’s anxiety. There is also the possibility of inheriting anxiety or experiencing anxiety as a result of a chemical imbalance in the brain.   Studies have shown that men, especially middle-aged men, who experience high levels of anxiety on a relatively consistent basis are more prone to deep depression and heart problems. The heart is a delicate organ that responds to the high levels of stress in a very negative way. Men increase their risk of a heart attack if an anxiety disorder is not addressed. Increased anxiety can also cause a man to become more irritable, jumpy, argumentative, worried or overly anxious. Anxiety can also cause a man to become limited in what he does, hindering his ability to live up to his true potential.  What Are the Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder?  Symptoms vary depending on the type of anxiety disorder, but general symptoms include:      * Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness     * Uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts     * Repeated thoughts or flashbacks of traumatic experiences     * Nightmares     * Ritualistic behaviors, such as repeated hand washing     * Problems sleeping     * Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet     * Shortness of breath     * Palpitations     * An inability to be still and calm     * Dry mouth     * Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet     * Nausea     * Muscle tension     * Dizziness  Think you or a member of your family is suffering from an anxiety disorder? The Krist Samaritan Center can help. Just call 281.480.7554 and press “0” for the appointment desk.
Krist Samaritan Hosts DBSA Group	    The Krist Samaritan Center hosts support group sessions for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Greater Houston—a free, confidential support group for people and their families and friends that are struggling with depression and bipolar disorder.  Led by trained facilitators, DBSA support groups are held every Thursday evening beginning at 7 p.m. at the Krist Samaritan Center’s Main Campus in Clear Lake. For more information about DBSA, visit www.dbsahouston.org.
Touching Lives • Healing Hearts
Touching Lives for 23 Years  Since 1986, the Krist Samaritan Center has been a source of hope for thousands of individuals and families in need of counseling. Rev. Gerald DeSobe, Ph.D,. has served as executive director of the Krist Samaritan Center since its inception and has been an integral part of making the Center the successful organization that it is today. We thank our many wonderful supporters, clients and staff who believe in the mission of the Krist Samaritan Center, and we look forward to continuing our great success into the second half of 2009 and beyond.   Photo Cutline: Dr. Jerry DeSobe has served as Executive Director the Krist Samaritan Center for 23 years.
Mark Your Calendar  A Samaritan Celebration 2009 November 5, 2009 River Oaks Country Club  Chairmen Elaine and Granville Knight, Jr.  Honorees Carole Krist Kristi and David Lumpkins Gena and Chuck Norris
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