Depression and PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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For both the people who have these emotional disorders and their loved ones it can be devastating and can bring feelings of despair and hopelessness not only to the person with the disorder but to those who love them and feel helpless to improve the situation. On this program we not only talk about what these problems are but also that there truly is hope and with treatment it can get better! During the program your Co-Host Doug shares parts of his personal journey with PTSD and tries to help those with loved ones who are affected by PTSD understand it a little better and encourages those suffering to get help. Doug got help and it changed his life!

During this program we discuss, in some detail, about real events and real experiences that cause PTSD and what it really can be like suffering from this disorder.

For that reason, this might not be a program you want young children to listen to. Not because there will be bad words but because there are some things young children just don’t need to know about yet in their lives.

Topics in this program include;

  • What is “trauma” in the psychological sense?
  • What are the ‘Normal’ responses to trauma? grief/stages of loss
  • What are the primary symptoms of PTSD?
  • Why is the onset of PTSD symptoms often delayed?
  • What is meant by Triggers? stimuli/reminders of trauma
  • Avoidance: triggers/feelings
  • What are ways to worsen symptoms? not talk, not feel, avoid, pretend, and stuff it down.
  • Facing fears to heal: stimuli, feelings, and talking about the events.
  • Beliefs (self-blame, could have done something…) associated with trauma
  • Specific coping skills
  • Getting HELP!: Groups for grief/trauma recovery, social support, and medical/mental health providers


 National Institute of Health PTSD:

General information and “Find a therapist.”

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation:

American Red Cross:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Help center offers information on trauma and “Find a Psychologist” American Psychological Association:

“Find a Psychologist” Texas Psychological Association:

Find a therapist by zip code/city Psychology Today:

Report known or suspected abuse of a child, elderly, or disabled person. Texas Abuse Hotline: 1-800-252-5400



Depression – Learn the warning signs and when and how to seek help!

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The changes that often come in later life — retirement, the death of loved ones, increased isolation, medical problems — can lead to depression.

On this show Lanny and Rachael discuss the suicide of Lanny’s father and the devastating impact depression can have.

Depression prevents you from enjoying life like you used to. But its effects go far beyond mood. It also impacts your energy, sleep, appetite, and physical health. However, depression is not an inevitable part of aging, and there are many steps you can take to overcome the symptoms, no matter the challenges you face.

Causes and risk factors that can contribute to depression in older adults and the elderly include:

Health problems such as Illness and disability, chronic or severe pain or cognitive decline or damage to body image due to surgery or disease.

Other risk factors that can contribute to depression include loneliness and isolation – Living alone, having a dwindling social circle due to deaths or relocation and decreased mobility due to illness or loss of driving privileges.

Also a reduced sense of purpose – Feelings of purposelessness or loss of identity due to retirement or physical limitations on activities.

Fear can also be a risk factor – Fear of death or dying, anxiety over financial problems or health issues.

Recent bereavements can worsen or increase the risk of depression– The death of friends, family members, pets or the loss of a spouse or partner.

In our daily wok at Apostle Home Health Care we have found that far too many seniors have depression that is affecting their health and their quality of life. Studies have consistently shown that seniors with depression have many more and more serious health issues than those without.

So on this show we are learn about depression, what signs to look for in your loved ones and how and when to seek help.

Our guests are long time Houston TV and Radio personality Lanny Griffith and Therapist Rachel Mahabir, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private Practice in the Clear Lake Area and also we are proud to say a very important part of our patient care team at Apostle Home Healthcare.

You can find Lanny on Facebook at as well as on Twitter, LinkedIn and everywhere else on the Web. Just Google Lanny Griffith!

You can find Rachel at and on Facebook at “Rachel Mahabir Lcsw”

Crystal Rimes, Physical Therapist, helps us understand the “why” of falls in older adults and how to prevent them.

Is your Mom or Dad not so steady on their feet anymore? Are they having to use a walker or are they getting around the house using the walls or furniture to steady themselves? Have they fallen recently… or are you losing sleep at night because you are afraid they will?

Well you are not alone and you have good reason to be concerned!

Each year, more than 1.6 million older U.S. adults go to the emergency room for fall-related injuries. Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence, and injury deaths.

Falls don’t “just happen,” and people don’t fall just because they get older. Often, more than one underlying cause or risk factor is involved in a fall.

Among the personal risk factors that Scientists have linked to falling are:

Muscle weakness, especially in the legs, is one of the most important risk factors. Older people with weak muscles are more likely to fall than are those who maintain their muscle strength, as well as their flexibility and endurance.

Balance and gait are other key factors. Older adults who have poor balance or difficulty walking are more likely than others to fall. These problems may be linked to a lack of exercise or to a neurological cause, arthritis, or other medical conditions and medications.

Please listen as Crystal Rimes, Physical Therapist, helps us understand the “why” of falls in older adults and how to prevent them.


Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Marilyn Copeland, helps us understand orthopedics and why we fall apart as we age!


As we get older we have more aches and pains, even the weather changing seems to bring them on. As we go through our 50s and 60s and 70s and beyond, what are the changes that are ‘normal’ and why do they happen? And what can we do about it? Dr. Marilyn Copeland, orthopedic surgeon with Fondren Orthopedic Group Clear Lake joins us on this program to help us understand orthopedics and your musculoskeletal system and why we fall apart as we age! For more information you can call Fondren Orthopedic Group Clear Lake at 281-332-9537 go to