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Surviving a Friendship Break Up

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

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Perimenopause & Depression

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Perimenopause & Depression Research suggests, especially in women with a history of depression or susceptibility to a mood disorder, that reproduction-related hormonal changes raise the risk of depressive episodes.

A few recent studies have concentrated on the perimenopausal period (when women experience skipped and irregular periods), in particular, and found that women in the menopausal transition were up to three times more likely than premenopausal women to report depressive symptoms.

Let’s take a closer look at perimenopause and depression.

Self-Care Strategies for Busy Moms

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Self-Care Strategies for Busy Moms	When you’re a mom of young kids, it’s hard to find the time and energy to take care of yourself. You’re too busy focusing on your children’s physical and emotional needs, said Diane Sanford, Ph.D, a psychologist who specializes in maternal and child health in St. Louis, Mo.

Even more so, your relationship with your child isn’t just symbiotic; it’s parasitic, according to Ashley Eder, LPC, a psychotherapist in Boulder, Colo. That’s because it isn’t a mutual relationship.

“Yes, your children are — adorable [and] beloved — parasites, and you are the host, and that’s normal and healthy.”

But it’s also demanding and exhausting. Yet you might feel guilty or selfish for even thinking about your own needs. But, as Eder said, “the survival of a parasite is dependent upon the health of the host.”

So what can you do to help reduce your exhaustion and take better care of yourself?

7 Tips for Sharing Your Pregnancy with Friends Coping with Infertility

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

7 Tips for Sharing Your Pregnancy with Friends Coping with InfertilityTelling people that you are expecting a new family member is one of the exciting things you get to do when you’re early in your pregnancy. When you announce your pregnancy to family and friends, you expect people to jump up and down, to drench you in love, hoorays, and congratulations.

However, if you have friends or family members that are suffering with infertility, there is a good chance that your pregnancy announcement will be a gigantic, painful blow to them.

It’s not that they are angry with you or not happy for you. But when someone is dealing with infertility, every pregnancy announcement reminds them of what they don’t have.

Navigating Facebook, Social Media So It Doesn’t Sabotage Your Relationship

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Navigating Facebook, Social Media So It Doesn't Sabotage Your RelationshipThe Internet is part of many romantic relationships, according to Mudita Rastogi, Ph.D, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Many couples meet and court online. Many people turn to Google or Facebook to learn more about their dates. Many couples “also keep tabs on their partners, their exes, and sometimes their partner’s exes via social networking sites.”

But while social media affects relationships, some couples don’t even talk about it. That’s what Cynthia Rangel, MA, LPC, found in her doctoral research at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

Bipolar, Pregnant & Visiting the UK? They May Take Your Unborn Baby

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Bipolar, Pregnant & Visiting the UK? They May Take Your Unborn Baby

Yesterday I brought you the unfortunate story of a Canadian turned away from our borders not because she was a terrorist or criminal — but because she simply had a diagnosis of depression and, more than a year ago, was hospitalized for treatment of it.

Just to show you that the United States isn’t the only backwards country in the world when it comes to discriminating against those with a mental illness, I bring you the much sadder story of an Italian woman who had bipolar disorder, went to the UK for a training course, and wound up being forced to have a C-section without her consent. Wait, what?

Worse, this woman’s forced C-section was approved by a UK court. Apparently, in the UK, having a panic attack is sufficient to remove most of your freedoms and rights.

Do I Need to Go Back on Psychiatric Medication?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Do I Need to Go Back on Psychiatric Medication?It’s not the first time I have pushed it. This time, it was my (new) son.

After being on a number of different medications for different diagnoses for the past 10 years, I went off my medicine two months into my first pregnancy.

I haven’t known life without medication in 10 years. Except that one time. And let’s just say I was put on a medical leave from university, sent 4,000 miles back to my parents — and it wasn’t pretty. And that’s putting it lightly.

Learning to Be Good to Yourself: An Interview with Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Learning to Be Good to Yourself: An Interview with Margarita Tartakovsky, MSHow do you learn to go gentle on yourself? Where do you begin to teach self-love?

I asked a favorite blogger of mine, Margarita Tartakovsky, who is an Associate Editor at Psych Central, and the author of the blog Weightless. Margarita writes often on this topic, so I thought I’d pick her brain and dispense her wisdom to my readers.

How do you begin to be kind to yourself?

I think taking small steps is key. When you’ve spent years bashing yourself, the idea of kindness not only seems foreign. It seems utterly daunting. So start slow.

For instance, when you wake up tomorrow, ask yourself: What’s the kindest thing I can do for myself right now?

My Weight Loss Journey: I’m Happier & Heavier

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

rachael_estapaIt’s not insane to believe that once you lose weight, life gets better.

For years, I’ve heard stories from those who have shed pounds, recharged their lives, never felt better, and speak so confidently that once the weight was gone, they became the person they were meant to be: a thin and happy one. I do not doubt their happiness when they share their story but I also don’t believe that by losing weight, they have some superior knowledge about happiness that us heavier folk don’t.

How do I know this? Because I’ve been fat and I’ve been thinner. And I’ve been at my happiest, heavier.

PMDD is Not Just Normal Moodiness

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

PMDD is Not Just Normal MoodinessSitcoms, as well as movies, poke fun at PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and female moodiness, but PMDD is not a laughing matter.

PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) is a major depressive disorder gaining more attention since its official inclusion in the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (it had previously been listed as a disorder needing further research).

PMDD is a mental illness that involves mood changes occurring exclusively during the two weeks prior to menses.

Balancing Your Feminine & Masculine Sides

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Balancing Your Feminine & Masculine SidesLately I’ve been hit with a lot of messages about women, masculinity, and femininity that I’ve begun to realize just how out of balance I’ve been.

Working longer hours, dealing with both of my dogs being diagnosed with cancerous tumors just months apart, and my mother-in-law being diagnosed with cancer have all contributed to a just-barrel-through-it attitude.

This attitude is totally masculine. Someone has to take charge and make decisions — feeling too much might lead to a breakdown. Besides, who has time to not just do it? Perhaps, that’s why I’m noticing all of the messages.

5 Tips for Discussing Sex Before Marriage

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

5 Tips for Discussing Sex Before MarriageWhether you believe in having sex before marriage, talking about it before tying the knot is important. All healthy relationships must include honest conversations about sex and any other topics related to intimacy, according to Andra Brosh, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist who specializes in love, marriage and divorce.

These talks help couples work through any sexual issues and set the tone for how they’d like to connect, she said.

Sex is a significant part of marriage. “Knowing the other through sexual intimacy deepens everything in the relationship, and it can reduce tensions that might pop up in other areas.

“If things are good in the bedroom, other minor issues don’t seem as important.”

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