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What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) ?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Overview

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

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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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Book Review: Dancing on the Edge of Sanity by Ana Clare Rouds

Dancing on the Edge of Sanity

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It’s easy to connect with Ana Clare Rouds’ personal story of the reality of motherhood in her book, Dancing on the Edge of Sanity. She shares her personal story about her experience with postpartum depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and she eloquently brings out several issues.

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Harness your thoughts for a happiness exercise

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Do you believe that what you think can affect your life?

Does this sound a bit new ag-y, too woo-woo, too out there?

Actually, there is scientific evidence that we tend to dwell on the same old thoughts day after day and this has a powerful effect on how we see ourselves and how we are in relation to others. Read the rest of this entry »

Featured in PsychCentral: Codependent Relationships

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I was featured in an article in PsychCentral ! Take a look below and then mosey on over to PsychCentral to read the rest!

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Life is not black or white, it’s the full spectrum of color in between

Depression and the Symptom of Black & White Thinking

If you suffer from untreated depression, you may feel lonely and isolated. You may think and feel like everyone else (except you) is surrounded by a group of friends and family. The intense loneliness can feel crushing and all-consuming. You might doubt your value as a human being, as a person. As someone who has suffered from depression, I know is a valiant fight, battle after battle, for self esteem and self-worth.

 

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Featured in Science and Sensiblity: Childhood sexual abuse as a risk factor for postpartum depression (Part One)

Mend a broken heartI was a guest writer over at Science and Sensibility this week! Take a look below and then mosey on over to Science and Sensibility to read the rest!

 

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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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Popular Healthcare HashTags

This is a guest post from Jessy Troy, a healthcare activist whom I met on the blogosphere. She  blogs about health and self-improvement across a a variety of niches. Follow her on Twitter where she  engages with alot of Twitter healthcare chats!  @JessyTroy

I am always pretty honest with my addictions. I smoked for several years and had to be open about that before I stopped. I have a rather serious caffeine addiction that takes me through almost an entire pot of coffee a day, on my own. But one that has really taken over my life – as it has so many others – is social media. Especially that micro-blogging powerhouse, Twitter.

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MindBody Medicine: Even Alpacas are Doing their Bit to Boost Animal Assisted Therapy

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Discover the mindbody benefits of animal assisted therapy! (istock/robynmac)

Have you had it with office life? Do you want a job that is personally rewarding? Are you looking for a calling and not a regular 9 – 5? Then maybe you should consider animal assisted therapy (AAT). Animal assisted therapy is a great field for those who like working with people and animals. It’s also a growing field, as ongoing research into animal-human relationships reveals just how beneficial animals are in virtually every aspect of our lives. For example, animals can be used to combat depression, overcome addiction, lose weight, reach autistic children, improve physical functioning, rehabilitate convicts and teach kids (and adults) how to read.

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