When is it a good time for you to try EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a mindbody approach to therapy that’s effective with trauma and moving stuck emotional places. EMDR as a treatment modality, is best used with someone who is stable in his or her mental health treatment. For example, someone with untreated clinical depression needs to address the depression before beginning EMDR treatment. Or someone with bipolar disorder needs to be stable on their medication for at least six months prior to beginning EMDR treatment or a person struggling with addiction needs to be stable in recovery for at least a year before beginning EMDR treatment. Persons with complex trauma, such as persons subjected to ongoing childhood sexual abuse, should have a good understanding of their abuse before undertaking EMDR. EMDR is appropriate for persons who suffered a single incident trauma.
Why use EMDR?
Did you know that 99% of women who stop breastfeeding due to medications can actually continue?
As a new mother 22 (short?) years ago, I suffered postpartum depression. I was breastfeeding and refused to take any medications for it. I think I would’ve come out of the depression sooner if I had opted for medication. But, I was afraid. There weren’t many studies back then. Now there are a lot of studies on this topic and there’s a lot of information available about medications and pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The idea of the Triple Goddess is rooted in antiquity, in prehistoric societies, in Greek and Roman culture and mythology. The Triple Goddess is often portrayed as one goddess with three faces embodying the archetypes of maiden, mother and matriarch all in one being. She is associated with the moon, and often called a moon goddess.
These three archetypes are portrayed throughout the world in literature, poetry, mythology, ancient religion, folk stories and fairy tales. Many of our modern archetypes of womanhood are derived from these archetypes and implicitly influence how we define womanhood in today’s world.
For centuries, survivors of sexual assault weren’t able to speak out. The people in power in the dominant culture shamed victims of these violent acts into silence and, perversely, even blamed them.
Today, women and other disenfranchised groups have gained access to stronger human, financial and political rights and are speaking out. Over the past century, women acquired an array of legally binding equal rights. Women having such legally acknowledged rights as voting, property and credit rights shifted the balance of power in society. The stigma of higher education for women was also slowly lifted. The first female Supreme Court judge, Sandra Day O’Connor, was appointed in 1984. Currently, women hold influential positions in corporations and in politics. This shift in the balance of power gives women a larger voice and influenced society’s attitudes about sexual assault. But even today, many are afraid to speak out. Only 19% of the 535 seats of the US Congress are held by women, while the women comprise 50.8% of the US population. Read the rest of this entry »
“Talking about sexual assault can be conceptualized as a political act….. “
Sarah Ullman, Ph.D.
Broken Pieces is written by Rachel Thompson, author and activist. She is creator and founder of the Twitter blog memes #MondayBlogs, #SexAbuseChat and #BookMarketingChat. A sexual abuse survivor herself, she is an advocate for others. She has given a voice to sexual abuse survivors who have been traditionally silenced. And those who have a voice are empowered. Hers is a positive story as she slowly builds a loving life for herself with her own husband and family.
Some women get morning sickness during pregnancy and others don’t. About 80% of all women have morning sickness. In fact, it can one of the first signs that you are pregnant! For some, it’s just a mild nausea, but for others, unfortunately, it can be so bad that you can’t eat or drink any water! The nausea may not only occur in the morning, too. Sometimes it can happen around the clock! Morning sickness may be one of your first signs that you’re pregnant, so nausea can be a joyous sign! Hopefully, the morning sickness will only occur in the first trimester or your pregnancy and begin to end by the start of the second semester. However, this isn’t alway the case. Some women will continue with some nausea until the baby is born!
No one is for certain what causes morning sickness, and one of the popular ideas is that it is caused by a surge of hormones as the placenta is developing, so it’s a change in your body as your body starts to accommodate your pregnancy. Sometimes the prenatal vitamin pill irritates some women’s stomach, so try taking it with food and later in the day. Always find out first with your doctor before taking anything new or taking yourself off medication, even prenatal pills.
I just had a relaxing massage today. When I get knots in my shoulders and neck, I get creaky. Feel so much better in my body, mind and spirit when the kinks are worked out. My wonderful massage therapist gave me a few pieces of Dove chocolate as I was leaving. I ate one but didn’t want them all. I stopped to gas up the car and as I paid the attendant I handed him the chocolate. I got the best reaction from him! A big sunny smile and a thank you! It was so much fun! Have a beautiful day!
Being a new parent was one of the most confusing times in my life. Everything changes: the way that you feel about yourself, the way your marriage functions, and the way that you care for your child(ren) can turn your world upside down. To make it worse, everyone (loads of parenting experts, doctors, friends, relatives, etc.) believe that their advice will make your parenting experience easier.
Almost all of this parenting advice is well-intended, but more often than not you’ll hear confusing and contradictory claims about parenting that can make your job even more difficult than nature made it to begin with!