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Even if you kind of suspected or knew with your whole heart that you were pregnant, when you actually pee on the stick and see the little lines officially confirming your pregnancy, your life changes in a nanosecond.
All of a sudden you might go from thinking “I’m probably just late.” To OMG, now what? Suddenly, there’s a flurry of emotions and questions. What should you do? Are you ready? What should you name your child? While I won’t suggest baby names for you, I can give you some guidance on what to do during pregnancy. Pregnancy is an incredible feat, and I know you’ll be able to rise to the challenge. Ready? Set? Let’s get started. (more…)
I was watching a YouTube video of Robin Williams the other night, laughing so hard that I was crying and then after about 30 minutes, after seeing the sustained light-speed energy and immediate improvisational brilliance, I wondered if he could turn it off?
And then I wondered, what it would be like to live with him. Was he hilarious at breakfast, lunch and dinner? Could you have a normal heart to heart? Was he always on? What did his children and his family experience?
So, I asked some people who had known him since the 80’s and were still friends and after talking about his brilliance, acting, philanthropy and his comedic genius, they also talked about how hard it was for him and his family to live with his extreme swings in energy, the roller coaster of being bi-polar, the self-medication, and the whole spectrum of mental illness…..It’s complicated. (more…)
Paulina Porizkova, a former model, writer, and a mom featured an article on Huffington’s Post that I thought would be of interest.
Here’s What I Have to Say:
I see a lot of women in midlife and at the other side of hormonal swings, adolescence. I’m convinced that our brain chemistry shifts dramatically with hormone surges and precipitous drops. I’ve seen well adjusted women with everything under control, suddenly become unrecognizable to themselves and their families. I’ve seen the same thing happen with teens. Hmmmm?
I saw a patient the other day, who is battling depression. She and I were talking about some of her early experiences as a child and there came that moment when I could see that no matter how resilient or strong a person is, it’s extraordinarily difficult to recover 100% from being treated badly.
According to an excellent article by Kate Kelland from Reuters, “A study published earlier this month found that childhood hardship, including suffering abuse or losing a parent or having a parent with addiction problems, also raised the risk of a range of chronic physical illnesses in later life, such as diabetes, heart disease or asthma.
According to a survey done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration about 8.4 million Americans had suicidal thoughts in the past year and 2.2 million made plans to kill themselves. One million people attempted suicide. These numbers are staggering and yet point to the fact that a significant number of Americans are depressed and anxious, with reports ranging from 8-25%. (more…)
As I have lived with the elderly, I’ve become much more interested in how they think. I came across this article from Reuters on how older adults and the elderly are different when it comes talk therapy or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy when treating anxiety and depression.
So how do you know if you or someone you care about is experiencing Military Sexual Trauma (MST)? The signs, as with anyone who has been sexually abused, could be many….
Flashbacks; nightmares; memories of the abuse; anxiety; a feeling of being unsafe; depression; guilt; emotional numbness; new or increased drug or alcohol use; isolating oneself; difficulty controlling emotions such as:
In dating lingo, it’s known as “reading the memo.” There’s the bore who rambles on about himself the entire evening (narcissist), the annoying guy who orders for you (control freak), the dude who has never, ever been in a long-term relationship (commitmentphobe).
In each case, a “memo” is delivered — key information or insight into a person is imparted — but it’s not always “read” by the other party. Sometimes it’s ignored, sometimes denial plays a role, other times it’s just glossed over — usually at the other party’s peril. When the light bulb moment does occur down the track, it’s often too late to avoid pain, grief, or suffering.