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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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Share Your Story – Ann Kirchner’s Birth Trauma and Postpartum Depression Story

 

Share Your Story – New series from BirthTouch!

Ann Kirchner, CD(DONA) has graciously agreed to share her personal story of her birth, birth trauma, post-traumatic stress symptoms, and her struggle to just get recognition and diagnosis and treatment for severe postpartum depression.

 

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Valentines Post – And Baby Makes A Family

 You remember the intensity at the beginning of your relationship: you were enveloped in an intense, highly sexual relationship; finishing sentences for each other, craving his body against yours. You ate out when you felt like it, had fun cooking together, and spontaneously escaped to romantic getaways. A life of freedom and fun!

Then, you and your partner planned to start a family together! Baby sex was heavenly. No need for birth control. The primal feeling of making love to have offspring was intoxicating. And when you found you were pregnant! The excitement!

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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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Infant Sleep Methods Part Five – Dr. Sears

In Part Five of my Infant Sleep Series, I revisit Dr. Sears’ bed-sharing and attachment parenting books as I am today, the mother of a 17-year-old son and a trained and experienced Licensed Professional Counselor. I first read about Dr. Sears philosophies as a new mother learning how to breast-feed and learning how to parent, so long ago.

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World Mental Health Day Blog Party: Coming Out of the Closet About Depression and Postpartum Depression

Hey there! Honored to be part of PsychCentral’s World Mental Health Day Blog Party!  Today, as an LPC, I could write another professional blog about treatment options or family dynamics; like outline a specific self-care relaxation, expressive or cognitive re-framing exercise.

 

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Greetings and welcome to being a mom?

Welcome to my blog, Musings about Moms,Marriage, and Mental Health! As a result of my own life experiences,I hope to reach out to people transitioning to parenthood feel that there are many safe and valid ways to parent. Becoming a mother was at ime of great maturation for me; a time of extreme emotionality,postpartum depression, loneliness and joy mixed together. With great pain came fertile ground for long-term personal growth, and this can be the case for others as well.

It is the best kept secret ever, and it is right in front of my nose! I was thirty-six years old when Will was born, and I had never even changed a diaper! I did not know that having a baby would cause a seismic shift in my core self-identity and feelings of self-worth.I did not truly understand what type of pressure it would put on my husband as he turned into the sole breadwinner. I didn’t fully grasphow vulnerable a woman becomes after having a baby. From personal experience, I finally understood the true personal price (and joys)of motherhood, how small the safety net is in America, and how devalued are both mothering and parenting.

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My Three Words for Mental Health in 2012

Chris Brogan, web entrepreneur, and also a depression survivor himself, has a blog topic/exercise called “My Three Words.” He uses this exercise the New Year as a way to create what he calls his “guiding pillars” to focus his business on the new year. Ala Chris Brogan, I’m going to borrow his idea and create “My Three Words for Mental Health in 2012.”   

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