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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Exploring Some of the Most Common Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders and depressive disorders are among the most prevalent mental health issues. If left untreated, anxiety disorders may disrupt a person’s daily routine, reduce quality of life, and possibly result in physical complications such as teeth grinding. Individuals who believe they may be suffering from an anxiety disorder are encouraged to talk to a behavioral health specialist about their symptoms. Treatment is available to manage troublesome symptoms.

It’s perfectly normal to worry about something from time to time. However, an individual with GAD suffers from excessive and frequent worrying about issues both major and minor. A person with GAD may imagine that the worst possible scenario will occur, even if there is little to no evidence of it. They may have trouble relaxing, concentrating, and sleeping. GAD can result in physical symptoms such as muscle tension, fatigue, headaches, and lightheadedness, among others.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Individuals with social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, suffer from an overwhelming fear of public embarrassment. It isn’t uncommon for someone to have a fear of public speaking. However, someone with social phobia may not only be afraid of these types of events; he or she may also fear everyday interactions such as talking with the teller at the bank or the cashier at the grocery store. Individuals with severe social anxiety disorder may try to avoid interactions as much as possible to the extent that it interferes with their daily lives.

Panic Disorder

If a behavioral health specialist diagnoses panic disorder, it means that the patient suffers from panic attacks. These are sudden episodes of severe symptoms that generally last for several minutes. During a panic attack, an individual may feel almost paralyzed with fear, regardless of whether there is a real threat. Panic attacks frequently involve physical symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath.

Treasure Coast Behavioral Healthcare at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center provides compassionate care within a supportive, welcoming environment. Patients who are suffering from anxiety disorders or other psychiatric issues can undergo an assessment with our Access Team, which is available 24/7. Please call our Consult-A-Nurse line at 1-800-382-3522 for general information about behavioral health near Treasure Coast or our other healthcare services, including heart care and emergency care.

What All Women Should Know About Stroke

Each year, thousands of people seek emergency care because of a stroke. This life-threatening medical condition, which is also a leading cause of disability in the U.S., affects men and women differently. Women are not only more likely than men to suffer a stroke; they are also less likely to survive it. When women do survive a stroke, they are more likely to have a less effective recovery. Women who are concerned about their risk of stroke can consult a healthcare practitioner for personalized medical advice.

Risk Factors

The general risk factors of stroke include being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle, having a family history of stroke, and smoking, in addition to having certain medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. However, there are also risk factors that are unique to women. Women who use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or birth control pills have a higher risk of stroke, as do women who suffer from migraines. Expectant mothers have a higher risk during pregnancy because carrying a child naturally results in changes such as high blood pressure.


Many people know that if they suffer from symptoms such as sudden numbness, weakness, confusion, or slurred speech, they should seek emergency care right away. In addition to experiencing these general symptoms of a stroke, women may also suffer from shortness of breath, agitation, hallucination, seizures, hiccups, nausea, and vomiting. Other symptoms that are unique to women include sudden changes in behavior, loss of consciousness, generalized weakness, and pain.

Prevention Strategies

Healthcare experts often find that women are generally less knowledgeable about the importance of stroke prevention as compared to health topics such as breast cancer. This is one reason why it’s advisable for women to undergo regular well woman exams and to discuss their risk factors with a physician. Some examples of prevention strategies include smoking cessation, exercise, and management of medical conditions such as high blood pressure.

As a Primary Stroke Center near Treasure Coast, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center has the capabilities necessary to rapidly diagnose and treat stroke victims. Our Stroke Center has also partnered with various resources throughout the community to provide inpatient and outpatient support groups, which promote patient education about stroke detection and prevention. If you would like to speak to a registered nurse at our hospital, call (772) 461-4000.

Understanding the Basics of Trauma Care

It’s common knowledge that an injury such as a broken bone or severe concussion requires emergency care. However, certain injuries require specialized care at a trauma center. Although emergency room physicians and trauma care specialists are all dedicated to saving lives, there are some key differences between these healthcare services.

What Is the Difference Between an ER and a Trauma Center?

Emergency room physicians make every effort to evaluate and treat patients as quickly as possible. However, a trauma center has far stricter requirements. A trauma center has a multidisciplinary team on hand at all times, ready to respond immediately to a medical crisis. In fact, at a trauma center, a certified trauma surgeon can be at a patient’s bedside within minutes of his or her arrival at the hospital.

What Types of Injuries Are Treated at Trauma Centers?

Trauma centers exclusively treat acute traumatic injuries that require immediate medical care for the survival of the patient. The main types of traumatic injuries include burns, blunt trauma, and penetrating trauma. Some examples of injuries that a trauma center staff can treat include gunshots, stabbings, and life-threatening injuries sustained in a fall.

Are There Different Types of Trauma Centers?

There are different levels of trauma centers. The determination of these levels is regulated by the state Department of Health. In Florida, there are level I, level II, and pediatric trauma centers. Level I trauma centers must also be pediatric trauma centers. Level I trauma centers are required to have an on-site burn unit or a transfer agreement with another area burn unit. They are also required to have 15 physicians on call at all times. Level II trauma centers are similar to level I trauma centers; however, they have stricter response requirements. In addition to meeting the requirements of a level I trauma center, a pediatric trauma center must have specialized pediatric equipment, staff trained in pediatric care, and a pediatric emergency department.

The Treasure Coast Level II Trauma Center at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center provides rapid assessment and treatment of patients with acute trauma injuries. Our multidisciplinary trauma care team provides specialized medical services to save lives and facilitate recoveries. For more information about trauma care near Treasure Coast, call 1 (800) 382-3522 to speak with a registered nurse at our hospital.

HCA to Give Up to $1 Million in Aid for Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nashville, Tenn., April 29, 2015 – HCA (NYSE:HCA) today announced the company will give up to $1 million to support the Nepal earthquake relief efforts of three international disaster relief organizations.

HCA will donate $250,000 to Doctors Without Borders and $250,000 to MedShare International, a non-profit that redistributes surplus supplies and equipment to those in need. Additionally, HCA will match up to $500,000 of donations from HCA employees and vendors to the American Red Cross to support its relief effort in Nepal.

“As a healthcare provider with approximately 225,000 employees who treat millions of patients every year, our people have dedicated their professional lives to caring for others, and we have a long history of supporting humanitarian efforts,” said Milton Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of HCA. “We believe our employees and vendors will be eager to support the critical and significant relief efforts that are just underway.”

Since 2010, HCA and The HCA Foundation have given charitable contributions totaling nearly $95 million. HCA has a long history of supporting major disaster relief efforts including those following the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the earthquake in Haiti, the Indonesian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

Founded in 1968, HCA is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprising locally managed facilities that include 168 hospitals and 113 surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Last year, employees and caregivers at HCA-affiliated hospitals were responsible for more than 20 million patient encounters. Eighty-five percent of HCA’s hospitals reporting core measure performance data to The Joint Commission for 2013 are on TJC’s current list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures ® , as compared to 36.9 percent of all TJC-accredited hospitals reporting 2013 data.


All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this release refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

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Wellness encompasses both physical and mental health. While many people recognize the health implications of suffering a heart attack or stroke, some individuals may not be as aware of how depression or bipolar disorder can compromise a high quality of life. Bipolar disorder in particular is a condition that can have a resounding impact on every part of a person’s life, making it essential to get appropriate behavioral healthcare for it. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center encourages those who may be experiencing the signs of bipolar disorder to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Why It Happens

Bipolar disorder does not have a conclusive cause. Studies show that the danger of it may go up if an individual has a parent, sibling, or other close relative with the disease. In many cases, though, people with family members diagnosed with bipolar disorder never develop this condition. Conversely, bipolar disorder can arise in individuals with no genetic link to it. As a result, factors outside of heredity may also play a part in the onset of this disease.

What Symptoms It Presents

Bipolar disorder gets its name from the fluctuations in mood and behavior that affected individuals can experience. During a manic episode, bipolar disorder sufferers may exhibit any number of warning signs, including insomnia, impulsive actions, and feelings of elation. If someone with bipolar disorder enters into a depressed state, he may experience symptoms similar to that of traditional depression. The tendency to oversleep, withdraw from friends and family, and consider self-harm are hallmarks of this condition.

How Mental Health Experts Can Treat It

If a person has bipolar disorder, professional treatment is mandatory. Both manic and depressed states can become more severe, resulting in chronic disruptions to a person’s professional and personal life. Behavioral health experts can tailor treatment to the needs of each individual, though, providing the best means to enjoy a healthy and productive future. Mental healthcare often involves varying degrees of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes to promote mood and behavior stability.

If you are exhibiting signs of bipolar disorder, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center can help. For information on our behavioral health services, call (772) 461-4000. You can also visit our website to view our total healthcare options for the Treasure Coast.

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