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#OccupyHealthCare #MindBody Practices – They are FREE

Mindbody practices have so many benefits, you’d have to order online from outside the US to be able to afford them- Read the research!

 

With so much talk about the expense of healthcare, I wanted to put out a positive message about inexpensive mindbody self-care practices. Self- care doesn’t have to be expensive. Self-care is an important component of postpartum depression treatment. Low cost mindbody therapies are helpful on many levels. Research strongly indicates complementary therapies improve health on multiple levels and in concrete ways and are low cost.

For four rewarding years, I ran the MindBody Program at the Cancer Center at a hospital. The program provided relief for people with the burden of chronic illness on emotional and physical levels. Research indicates persons with chronic illness, co-morbidity, aging-related illness and persons with mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, are among the most likely to use complementary therapies (Cheung, Wyman, and Halcon, 2007), so it was a good fit. Research such as that conducted by Ben-Ayre, Frankel, Klein, Scharf (2008) indicates patients expect their physicians to refer to appropriate complementary care clinics as needed. The MindBody Program was a forerunner of the integrative medicine trend.

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Invisible Pain – Mental Illness

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama


Dr. Ann Becker-Schutte wrote a blog post called Invisible Pain, discussing how people with chronic invisible illnesses such as fibromyalgia, diabetes, Cushings Disease, etc. might be silently suffering and dismissed as having pain “all in their head.”  

 

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Women’s Mental Health: We are Not Androgynous

Postpartum Support International’s 2011 Conference

Great to see Dr. Jeanne Driscoll !

 

There were so many great speakers talking about the complexities of caring for women in the perinatal period. Dr. Jeanne Driscoll, a practicing psychologist and nurse-practitioner, is co-author with Deborah Sichel, MD of Women’s Moods: What every woman must know about hormones, the brain, and emotional health was one of the keynote speakers. Dr. Driscoll presented her own qualitative study about women living with bipolar II disorder. She said she conducted the study because of the paucity of research specifically about women with bipolar II disorder.

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Dr. Phil – SIDS, Substance Abuse & Infant of a Substance-Abusing Mother (ISAM)??

This may be unpopular in psychotherapy circles, but, I really love Dr. Phil.

Dr. Phil, just please throw your fellow therapists a bone, and, once in a while, put it out there that psychotherapy does not really look like what is happening on stage.

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