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EPDS can help you determine if you are postpartum depressed

Perinatal mood disorders are the most common complication of childbirth. 15 – 20 % of women experience symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth. Postpartum depression is the most common term used, but there are a few differential diagnoses that can be found in the perinatal mood distress category. Postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum anxiety (PPA), postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorders, postpartum psychosis and postpartum birth trauma. You can find out more about these categories at the BirthTouch® website or at Postpartum Support International.

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EMDR, PTSD, Neuroplasticity and “Limbic System Therapy”

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapy used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) . Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, the Director of the Trauma Institute in Boston, is a strong proponent of EMDR for the treatment of trauma.

Learning and reconditioning of existing circuits occur when neuronal connections are built and rebuilt. What wires together, fires together. (Istock:Sahskinw)

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, over a lifetime of treating persons with trauma, has evolved the treatment of trauma to include what he calls “limbic system therapy” (van der Kolk, 2015). Limbic system therapy uses body-based therapies to focus on calming reactive hyper- and hypo -aroused emotional brain centers using body based therapies.

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DBT STOP & TIP Skills: Life is worth living even if there is pain

Pain and distress are a part of life and cannot be avoided and Life is worth living even if there is pain

A definition and overview of DBT’s Distress Tolerance can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: We Were Gonna Have a Baby, but We Had an Angel Instead by Pat Schwiebert

Helping Children Cope When the Family Has Infant Loss

A pregnancy loss is a primal, deep loss. And often these parents have young children who were looking forward to having a little brother or little sister. Even in their time of pain, parents need to find ways to answer their surviving children’s questions about death and help them cope with their emotions. Miscarriage is a family event. In my previous article there is some information about how to talk to children about infant death.

Children best express their emotions using right-brain activities like play, drawing and story-telling. Books are a great resource for parents to help their children sort out and express their feelings. Read the rest of this entry »

I finally turned around and saw dementia’s ugly, unwanted face

My mom passed away the summer of 2017.

I didn’t have the emotional stamina for writing about it

as we lived through it.

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About mindfulness and emotional healing

 

Goodness, if mindfulness was a drug, there would be ads everywhere about its effectiveness!

And it’s free and available to us at all times.

Mindfulness is the heightened awareness of inner and outer experiences through focused attention in the present moment. Mindfulness and positive intention can be purposefully cultivated and used for healing. Current research confirms this ancient belief.

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Mindbody Pregnancy and Postpartum Care

Pregnancy and birth are major adult transitions filled with joy, but the transition to parenthood can also bring up feelings of insecurity, sadness or fear as you and your partner move into this different phase of self-identity. Parenting an infant is difficult, but if one of you had a complicated early family life, parenting is like navigating rough waters, as flashbacks to unpleasant scenes from childhood intrude upon present reality.

If you’ve experienced a previous depression or anxiety or trauma or went through infertility treatments, have a baby in the NICU, or experienced childhood abuse, you have a higher risk that the physical and emotional changes of childbirth could bring on recurrent symptoms. Because of the hormonal fluctuations experienced at childbirth, 85% of all women experience the baby blues, which is a sadness after childbirth that resolves itself in about 2 weeks.

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Stop wasting vacation days! Vacation is good for self-care and mental health!

 

Billions of dollars in benefits are wasted every year as employees work through paid holidays and swap vacation days for a few more hours at the office. No wonder American workers say they’re stressed out and burnt out. But if work is so tiring and employers are offering a paid break, why is fewer than half the workforce taking advantage of it?

 

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Mindfulness, motherhood, everyday life

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As a practitioner of holistic, or mindbody, psychology, I use an integrative approach to healing.  Integrative means taking the best parts of evidence-based, “traditional” talk therapy and blending it with mindbody (now evidence-based as well!) complementary therapies.

Mindfulness is an intervention that is now so very widely used in mainstream holistic psychology, we all pretty much have at least heard of it or read an article about it. Mindfulness can be viewed as a tool that helps manage stress and helps you live a more peaceful life. Some people love it so much they adopt mindfulness as a way of life….

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