Area Life

Take a bow: Best high school musical productions honored

As the 11th annual Isaac Awards began Sunday night at the Mishler Theatre in downtown Altoona, master of ceremonies Jonathan O'Harrow, a veteran of many Altoona Community Theatre productions, asked high school students to take out their "mobile devices," take some "sweet pics" and post them to ...

Multiple disorders are the rule, not exception

Serious mental illnesses, in and of themselves, create significant challenges, not only for individuals suffering from these conditions, but for clinicians attempting to treat the conditions.Psychiatric disorders such as chronic or recurrent major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ...

National, state and local sources of help/assistance for mental illness

NationalOrganization: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).Phone: Toll-free, 1-800-950-NAMIWebsite: www.nami.orgOrganization: NAMI Information HelpLineWebsite: www.nami.org/helplinePhone: Toll-free, 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)Notable: This line receives more than 4,000 requests each month ...

Down on the farm fun: Vale Wood hosting its eighth annual Summer Jubilee

For the eighth year, Vale Wood Farms near Loretto is hosting its Summertime Jubilee on June 5 for visitors to enjoy some down-on-the-farm fun. Activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission and parking are free."Come on out and spend a fun day on the farm," said Carissa Itle ...

Roth Port to appear at Barnes & Noble

Celebrity dog trainer Zak George and award-winning writer Dina Roth Port have collaborated on a dog-training book scheduled for release on June 7. Roth Port will appear at Barnes & Noble in Altoona with a synopsis of the book, answering questions and signing books at 6 p.m. that ...

Garden Notes: Mountain laurel bountiful and blooms beautifully

Mountain laurel soon will be creating pastel polka dots all along the wood line and in our forest clearings.In "Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs," Michael Dirr calls it, "America's most beautiful flowering shrub." He writes, "Without question, it is one of the handsomest flowering broadleaf ...

Borderline personality disorder carries unfair stigma

This is the ninthin a series of 10 articleson mental health.According to the National Institute of Mental Health, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that is marked by unstable moods, behavior and relationships.BPD became a diagnosable illness in 1980, when the ...

Not just brats and beer: Milwaukee chefs earn foodie honors

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee may be known for beer and brats, but a dozen local chefs and eateries have been honored for their skill and creativity with all kinds of ingredients, and they have helped turn the city into a foodie destination.Since 2002, 12 Milwaukee restaurants or chefs have made it to ...

Eating disorders can have fatal ending

Eating disorders affect millions of Americans every year.Three-quarters of those affected are women.The outcomes, even with treatment, are not always positive."Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder,'' Jessica Feldman, M.S.S., L.S.W. - site director of the ...

Substance abuse requires thorough treatment

Substance abuse - an addiction to alcohol, drugs or both - is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease that requires treatment which encompasses the body, mind and spirit.Addiction to alcohol and/or drugs is considered a disease because, while initial use of substances often begins ...

Phobias, anxiety disorders common

While obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) comprise a considerable percentage of the spectrum of anxiety-related mental-health problems, phobias are the most common mental disorder in the United States.Phobias affect 11.5 million adults, or eight percent ...

Earth Matters: Problems not so puzzling when you understand geology

Strange things can happen when we mess with something that hasn't moved or changed in a quarter of a billion years.The recent rock slide behind Logan Town Centre in?Altoona marks the third notable environmental problem that has arisen on Brush and Bald Eagle Mountains since the completion of ...

‘Amazing talent’: Tony-type Isaac Awards reward area high school musicals

It was the first night of formal rehearsals for the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School's production of "The Wiz" and just five days before the show. Leading actress Ally Stevens, in the role as Dorothy, tore a few ligaments near her ankle."I would ask her to sit out, but she would say, ...

Disasters, combat or assaults can trigger PTSD

Combat service exacts an enormous toll on thousands and thousands of military veterans.Soldiers who survive a war often lose arms, legs and other essential body parts while fighting for their country.Many return home physically scarred, but that doesn't account for the full extent of combat ...

OCD can appear in many forms

Anxiety disorders are the most common types of psychological afflictions that present for clinical intervention, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most challenging of all the anxiety disorders.OCD is characterized by intrusive, unwanted and disturbing thoughts (known as ...

Tasty Words: Add healthy, homemade mac and cheese to picnic menu

When it comes to comfort foods, many people claim macaroni and cheese as their favorite. With its velvety texture and super cheesy flavor, it's a crowd pleaser among both kids and adults.My best friend Erin is what I call a mac and cheese connoisseur. She's probably consumed every brand of ...

Tragedy and hope: Accident, guilt drive former Altoona woman to help others

Kellyanne Strouse just thought she had hit bottom when she was sent to a juvenile residential center in Altoona in 2007, 250 miles from her family in Bucks County.But things got worse. A lot worse.Shortly after celebrating her 19th birthday and successfully completing the court-ordered ...

Dealing with schizophrenia poses significant challenges

Schizophrenia is perhaps the most severe and disabling of all the clinical mental disorders.It is a disorder that involves psychosis - a loss of contact with reality - in which symptoms like hallucinations and delusions markedly distort perception.People with hallucinations see and/or hear ...

Area author to sign at Barnes and Noble

Kim Chesney Negri of Huntingdon will sign copies of her first young adult devotional book, "Remember What I Told You," from 1 to 4 p.m. May 22 at Barnes and Noble, Altoona."As I reared my children and cared for our household, I relied heavily upon the power and truth of God's Word," Negri ...