Posts Tagged ‘Managing Emotions’

Medications, pregnancy and breastfeeding

 

Did you know that 99% of women who stop breastfeeding due to medications can actually continue?

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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.

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Sexual Assault and the Politics of Power

 

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 »

What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) ?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Overview

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DBT Background

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Infant massage improves mental health and bonding for mom and baby!

Normal soothing and playful touch help forge your relationship with your baby Istock/KellyRichardsonPhotography

Normal soothing and playful touch help forge your relationship with your baby
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Infant massage is a great way to create an oasis of calm time with your baby. It helps promote bonding and calm both mom and baby. Studies show that infant massage decreases stress hormones (in both Mom & baby), reduces colic and GI symptoms, relieves muscle pains and assists recovery for preemies (Onozawa et al, 2001; Field et al, 1996). It is win-win!

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Part One: Pre-Pregnancy: How women’s brain biology, hormones and mood relate!

Relaxation practices protect brain health (Istock/awelo)

Relaxation practices protect brain health (Istock/awelo)

Somatic Psychology combines the study of psychology, physiology, and emotion, bridging the gap between body and mind. So, understanding and managing your emotional responses are integrated with understanding and managing the health of your unseen brain and body biology through positive wellness choices.

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14 Tips for Mamas with Past Sexual Abuse

This article originally appeared in Postpartum Progress.

Cristi Motto Comes of Motherhood Unadorned are over at Postpartum Progress today talking about past sexual abuse and how it can affect the emotions of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  

Mend a broken heart

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Empty Nest? Puff the Magic Poodle

Puff, the magic dragon,
Lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Honah Lee.
Little Jackie Paper
Loved that rascal Puff,
And brought him strings and sealing wax
And other fancy stuff….

 

Ah. Another motherhood adjustment.  The words “empty nest” feel so negative to me, like I failed in some way, when it’s a normal part of life.

Home from college to ski (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

Home from college to ski (Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC)

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Glee: Breaking the Fourth Wall about Grief, Addiction, Families

Last week, Glee indirectly broke the Fourth Wall when they portrayed family and friends grieving Finn. Of course, we all know Finn is Cory Monteith’s alter ego on the show. The cast grieves for both Cory and Finn. And of course, we all know cast members Lea Michele and Cory Monteith were devoted to each other.

Grief Manifests Differently for Different People

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Guest Post: When I Realized I Needed to Follow a Treatment Plan by Jennifer Killi Marshall

Guest Post: Today I am pleased to have Jennifer Killi Marshall of Bipolar Mom Life guest posting here today. Her article today is about what is was like for her to become an active participant in managing her well-being and what point she realized that self-care is not just a worn-out concept. Hers is an important story about coping and thriving as a mom with bipolar disorder.  

I love Jennifer’s story.  Because, as a therapist, I always wonder how to reach people, to help them come to the realization that their mental health is valuable and that they are important. Important to their families, to themselves. I’ll let Jennifer

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2009 - Skiing at Windham

2009 – Skiing at Windham

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