Health
Thursday, January 14, 2016
 
Doctor's Perspective
Dealing with narcissism

By Dr. Anthony Policastro

An area NFL team fired its head coach recently. The reasons given were the usual. The team had a losing record. The coach brought in players that did not play well. There was dissension in the locker room.
However, all of these reasons were just symptoms. The underlying problem was that the coach has a narcissistic personality disorder. He believed that he knew more than anyone else. He believed that he had the best system and the players did not matter. It was all about his system.
It does not work that way. No one is so smart that everyone else becomes irrelevant. No one can lead a football team if it is all about them and not the team. This situation was a disaster in the making from the start.
Many individuals have similar narcissistic traits. Narcissus, a character in Greek mythology, thought he was so handsome that he fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and never moved from that spot again.
Narcissism was first described in 1898. All children go through a narcissistic stage when they are growing up. Some children never outgrow that stage and they remain emotionally immature for the rest of their lives.
At heart, a narcissist is someone with an excessive sense of self importance. They expect to be seen as superior. Everyone should see them as brilliant even if they aren't. The coach expected every other team to recognize the fact that they could not beat him. That did not happen.
A narcissist has a preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success. They may think that they will get rich quick at everything they try to do. They are doomed to failure because their belief is not based on anything realistic.
A narcissist believes that he/she is special or unique. Their expectation is that everyone else will see this as well. They feel that their opinion is always right. This is a particular issue with politicians who have narcissistic personality disorders. They will lash out at anyone who does not agree with them.
A narcissist has a need for excessive admiration. They feel they are entitled to special treatment and they expect everyone to bow to their wishes. For this reason they tend to take advantage of others to reach their individual goals. This leads to a lack of empathy toward other people because they feel no one is as important as they are.
A narcissist tends to be envious of others. Alternatively, they think that others are envious of them. They tend to have arrogant thoughts and/or behaviors. Like all mental illness, the first step in treatment is admitting that they have a problem. There are support groups for individuals who finally realize how poorly they fit in with society. The National Institute of Mental Health has a site at www.nimh.nih.gov. Another site is the National Alliance of Mental Illness at www.nami.org.
Perhaps the fired coach should consider going to one of these websites. Unfortunately, the coach has a narcissistic personality disorder so his response to being told that he was fired is to indicate that he is now available for another NFL head coaching job.
It might be good if another team hires him. If that does happen, this coach will prove to everyone that he is a toxic individual.
After that he would never get another job.

Free Alzheimer's program

The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter and Laurel Centenary Methodist Church will present a series of free programs to the public. The following programs will be offered at the church at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Tuesday, Feb. 2 - Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's : The Basics
Monday, Feb. 8 - Legal and Financial Issues
Tuesday, Feb. 16 - Effective Communication
Tuesday, Feb. 23 - Understanding Dementia Related Behaviors
To register, call 800-272-3900 prior to the date of the presentation.

Autism Delaware seeks volunteers

Autism Delaware has begun planning the 2016 National Autism Awareness Month which takes place nationwide in April. This year, the group hopes to create informational programs or events throughout the state to take place each day during the month of April.
Autism Delaware's development team needs volunteers to help cover the entire state.
"People can help in a number of ways, like asking their employers to participate or by holding an event for which we can supply the information," said Autism Delaware development director David Woods. If you have an outreach idea or would like to help, contact David Woods at 302-224-6020, ext. 206 or david.woods@delautism.org.
Autism Delaware has also begun planning the agency's visit to the Delaware General Assembly on April 14, Smart Cookie Day. Each year on this day autism advocates gather to talk to their state legislators. The advocates share their personal stories of life with a loved one with autism while hand-delivering freshly baked cookies. As autism advocates, they also ask for legislation that would help meet the many needs of individuals and families affected by autism. "Your story needs to be told; every voice matters," said Autism Delaware policy & community outreach director Alex Eldreth. "Contact me so we can schedule a meeting in your community to discuss current legislation and how you can help advocate for it." Contact Eldreth at 302-224-6020, ext. 204 or alex.eldreth@delautism.org.
For more information about Autism Delaware, visit autismdelaware.org.

Trout receives leadership award

Tina Trout, APRN, ACNS-BC, CDE, Certified Diabetes Educator at Beebe Healthcare, was honored recently with the Delaware Diabetes Coalition first leadership award.
The award will also bear her name : The Tina Trout Leadership Award : and be given annually at the Diabetes Expo, held each November in Dover. The award recognizes an individual who has shown passion, leadership, and commitment to those living with diabetes.
Trout, is a Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Beebe Healthcare Diabetes inpatient and outpatient programs. She is the coordinator for Beebe's Diabetes Self-Management Education Program and a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Since 2001, Trout has represented Beebe on the Delaware Diabetes Coalition, a statewide organization dedicated to diabetes outreach.
"Tina Trout is an exemplary leader and shines brightly in the arena of diabetes care and education," said Susan Polikoff, executive director of the Delaware Diabetes Coalition. "For more than 15 years, Tina has set the bar for those joining the Delaware Diabetes Coalition. She has changed the lives of countless individuals on the Delmarva Peninsula living with diabetes."

Bariatric Support Group

Nanticoke Physician Network General & Bariatric Surgery will host a bariatric support group on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 4-5 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. This free group is designed to provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery and is open to the public.
Meetings will consist of guest speakers and presentations to provide information about nutrition, supplements, exercise and behavior modifications. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required.
For more information, contact Shelly Geis at 629-6611, ext. 8810.

Autographed jersey raffle

A friend of Nanticoke Health Services Foundation has generously donated an autographed Washington Redskins Alfred Morris football jersey to be used as a raffle item to benefit Nanticoke Health Services.
The raffle drawing will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, outside the food court at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Raffle tickets are available for $5 a ticket or $10 for three tickets in the Human Resources Department or through the Foundation Department.
Tickets can also be purchased online at conta.cc/1IE9sCR or by calling the Foundation at 536-5390.

Strength training for survivors

As a cancer survivor, you know you should include strength training in your exercise routine, but where do you begin?
Join Adam David Howard, BS, CPT, personal trainer of Body Shop Fitness in Rehoboth at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, to learn how to begin a gentle routine that will start you back on the road to good health. Dress comfortably. Call 645-9150 in advance to reserve your spot in this workshop.
All programs offered at Cancer Support Community are free of charge to people affected by cancer and their loved ones. The Sussex facility is located at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Ste. 312, Rehoboth.

Yin Yoga workshop

The Cancer Support Community, Sussex facility, will offer a workshop about Yin Yoga which focuses on opening the joints and dense connective tissue of the body, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. Instructor is Shannon Sugrue.
Yin Yoga is a practice of long held floor poses that can clear energetic blocks in the body, calm the nervous system and create lasting change in range of motion. This meditative practice will include poses that help balance the meridians in your body for winter health and well being. Dress comfortably. Call 645-9150 to reserve your spot. All programs offered at Cancer Support Community are free of charge to people affected by cancer and their loved ones. The Sussex facility is located at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Suite 312, Rehoboth.

Better Breathers Club

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a Better Breathers Club from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, in the Medical Staff Conference Room.
This free support group is open to anyone affected by a chronic lung disease including relatives and caregivers.
This month's meeting will focus on "CPAP & BiPAP" presented by guest speaker Bob Keller, BS, RRT, of Prompt Care Respiratory.
Chronic lung diseases make it difficult to breathe. There are several types of chronic lung disease: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, cystic and pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, and lung cancer. Many forms of chronic lung disease are preventable and medically manageable.
Backed by the American Lung Association, the Better Breathers Club offers a venue for participants to learn from guest speakers and educational materials, socialize with others affected by a chronic lung disease, and practice skills that will help them better manage their condition and improve their quality of life.
The group meets the third Monday of each month. Refreshments will be provided and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 629-6611, ext. 1010.

Lymphedema support group

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a lymphedema support group on Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center from 1:30-3 p.m. The topic will be Social Services.
This free support group is open to anyone affected by lymphedema including patients, caregivers, and relatives. Meetings will consist of a lecture by health care professionals and medical equipment providers followed by refreshments and an open question and answer session or discussion among participants. Registration is required.
Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid just beneath the skin that occurs most commonly in the limbs. A chronic condition, lymphedema causes swelling which may create movement limitation, and leaves patients at higher risks for wounds and infections.
Additional meeting dates and topics for this year include: Feb. 18 - vascular; March 17 - aquatics treatment & exercises; April 21 - compression garments; May 19 - OT self care; June 16 - cancer care; July 21 - skin & wound care; Aug. 18 - bariatrics.
For more information or to register, contact Robert Donati at 629-6224 or donatir@nanticoke.org.

Parkinson's Support Group

Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and The Methodist Manor House, will hold a Parkinson's education and support group from 9:30-11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. This support group is free and open to the public.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurological disease that affects the part of the brain that controls muscle movement. A Parkinson's disease diagnosis can bring out many difficult emotions. It is a challenge to learn how to cope with these feelings along with the stress of diagnosis and treatment. Participating in education/support groups is essential for coping with an illness such as PD or other disorders that impair bodily movement. This support group is also helpful for caregivers, friends and family. Group members welcome guest speakers on subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through small group discussions.
Studies show that the information, training, and counseling that participants receive while attending support group sessions enhances the quality of life, help to alleviate stress, and may even boost the immune system.
Tara Trout, LPN at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, co-facilitates the group with Kathy Landis, Care Giver Resource Coordinator at CHEER in Sussex County.

Childbirth classes

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for five weeks : four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week will be a breastfeeding class.
Classes will be held on the following dates: Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, and 11; Feb. 25, March 3, 10, 17, and 24; April 7, 14, 21, 28, and May 5; May 19, 26, June 2, 9, and 16; July 7, 14, 21, 28, and Aug. 4; Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, and 10; Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, and 13.
The maternity education classes are designed to offer information, counseling, support, and hands-on experience to help prepare for a new family member. They will cover pregnancy in general, information to prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery, and will include a tour of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Mother Baby Care Unit.
A refresher course is also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes.
To register, or for more information, contact the Maternal Child Health clinical educator of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 2540.

Autographed jersey raffle

A friend of Nanticoke Health Services Foundation has generously donated an autographed Washington Redskins Alfred Morris football jersey to be used as a raffle item to benefit Nanticoke Health Services.
The raffle drawing will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, outside the food court at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Raffle tickets are available for $5 a ticket or $10 for three tickets in the Human Resources Department or through the Foundation Department.
Tickets can also be purchased online at conta.cc/1IE9sCR or by calling the Foundation at 536-5390.

Strength training for survivors

As a cancer survivor, you know you should include strength training in your exercise routine, but where do you begin?
Join Adam David Howard, BS, CPT, personal trainer of Body Shop Fitness in Rehoboth at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, to learn how to begin a gentle routine that will start you back on the road to good health. Dress comfortably. Call 645-9150 in advance to reserve your spot in this workshop.
All programs offered at Cancer Support Community are free of charge to people affected by cancer and their loved ones. The Sussex facility is located at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Ste. 312, Rehoboth.

Yin Yoga workshop

The Cancer Support Community, Sussex facility, will offer a workshop about Yin Yoga which focuses on opening the joints and dense connective tissue of the body, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. Instructor is Shannon Sugrue.
Yin Yoga is a practice of long held floor poses that can clear energetic blocks in the body, calm the nervous system and create lasting change in range of motion. This meditative practice will include poses that help balance the meridians in your body for winter health and well being. Dress comfortably. Call 645-9150 to reserve your spot. All programs offered at Cancer Support Community are free of charge to people affected by cancer and their loved ones. The Sussex facility is located at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Suite 312, Rehoboth.

Better Breathers Club

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a Better Breathers Club from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, in the Medical Staff Conference Room.
This free support group is open to anyone affected by a chronic lung disease including relatives and caregivers.
This month's meeting will focus on "CPAP & BiPAP" presented by guest speaker Bob Keller, BS, RRT, of Prompt Care Respiratory.
Chronic lung diseases make it difficult to breathe. There are several types of chronic lung disease: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, cystic and pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, and lung cancer. Many forms of chronic lung disease are preventable and medically manageable.
Backed by the American Lung Association, the Better Breathers Club offers a venue for participants to learn from guest speakers and educational materials, socialize with others affected by a chronic lung disease, and practice skills that will help them better manage their condition and improve their quality of life.
The group meets the third Monday of each month. Refreshments will be provided and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 629-6611, ext. 1010.

Lymphedema support group

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a lymphedema support group on Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center from 1:30-3 p.m. The topic will be Social Services.
This free support group is open to anyone affected by lymphedema including patients, caregivers, and relatives. Meetings will consist of a lecture by health care professionals and medical equipment providers followed by refreshments and an open question and answer session or discussion among participants. Registration is required.
Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid just beneath the skin that occurs most commonly in the limbs. A chronic condition, lymphedema causes swelling which may create movement limitation, and leaves patients at higher risks for wounds and infections.
Additional meeting dates and topics for this year include: Feb. 18 - vascular; March 17 - aquatics treatment & exercises; April 21 - compression garments; May 19 - OT self care; June 16 - cancer care; July 21 - skin & wound care; Aug. 18 - bariatrics.
For more information or to register, contact Robert Donati at 629-6224 or donatir@nanticoke.org.

Parkinson's Support Group

Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and The Methodist Manor House, will hold a Parkinson's education and support group from 9:30-11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. This support group is free and open to the public.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurological disease that affects the part of the brain that controls muscle movement. A Parkinson's disease diagnosis can bring out many difficult emotions. It is a challenge to learn how to cope with these feelings along with the stress of diagnosis and treatment. Participating in education/support groups is essential for coping with an illness such as PD or other disorders that impair bodily movement. This support group is also helpful for caregivers, friends and family. Group members welcome guest speakers on subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through small group discussions.
Studies show that the information, training, and counseling that participants receive while attending support group sessions enhances the quality of life, help to alleviate stress, and may even boost the immune system.
Tara Trout, LPN at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, co-facilitates the group with Kathy Landis, Care Giver Resource Coordinator at CHEER in Sussex County.

Childbirth classes

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for five weeks : four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week will be a breastfeeding class.
Classes will be held on the following dates: Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, and 11; Feb. 25, March 3, 10, 17, and 24; April 7, 14, 21, 28, and May 5; May 19, 26, June 2, 9, and 16; July 7, 14, 21, 28, and Aug. 4; Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, and 10; Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, and 13.
The maternity education classes are designed to offer information, counseling, support, and hands-on experience to help prepare for a new family member. They will cover pregnancy in general, information to prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery, and will include a tour of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Mother Baby Care Unit.
A refresher course is also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes.
To register, or for more information, contact the Maternal Child Health clinical educator of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 2540.