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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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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 »

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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Affirmations for Positive Mothering!

Good self-care  (istock/kzenon)

 Happy Mother’s Day!

Be kind to yourself today.

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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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Fourth Trimester: Your Needs, Your Extended Family and Research on Doing the Month

 

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Different cultures acknowledge the postpartum period in different ways. In the United States, postpartum is viewed as a time when the new mom is expected to quickly recover and become mobile and get back to “normal” life. There’s a lot of emphasis on healthy pregnancy and birth and how to care for a newborn. However, the physical and emotional transition of the new mom and family are not part of the postpartum conversation in the US.

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Part Three: Postpartum: How women’s brain biology, hormones and mood relate!

In Part One, we looked at the hormonal-neurotransmitter feedback loops in a woman’s body and how they relate to mood during the menstrual cycle.  

(the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Cortex  Loop and the Ovarian-Hypothalamus-Pituitary Loop)

In Part Two, we looked at a woman’s hidden hormonal shifts during pregnancy and birth. Today, we look at the hidden postpartum hormonal shifts.

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Positive psychology coping skill: Mindfulness

 

Mindfulness is a positive psychology coping skill. When developed, mindfulness helps you let go of judgments, be in the present moment and feel less anxious and depressed about what may or may not happen.

Mindfulness doesn’t mean meditating 20 – 40 minutes a day. That’s a bigger commitment than most people I know are willing (or able!) to make! Mindfulness doesn’t need to be an overwhelming prospect! Even small changes can positively impact your internal emotional well-being and how you relate to external events!

Mindfulness and Conscious Parenting:  Read the rest here!

Blackout Shades and Other Tricks to Improve Sleep During Pregnancy

Expectant mothers are worried about sleep deprivation once their little angel arrives. What most of these women don’t anticipate is that they are more likely to experience sleep problems even before they give birth.

Pregnant women usually suffer from sleep disturbances. The most common causes are anxiety, stress, physical discomfort, and hormonal changes. As an expectant mother, you might be currently suffering from sleep problems; however, it is very important to overcome this. Sleep is essential for your health, as well as that of your unborn child’s. Here are a few tips to get a better, more comfortable, and peaceful night’s sleep.

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