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Depression

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and Exercise Progress

Hello everyone.  Today I'm going to give you a little update on my exercise and its effect on my mental well being.  I've been exercising consistently for almost two months and I think it's paying off!

I have yet to find a month when I have absolutely no symptoms related to premenstrual dysphoric disorder.  That being said, I'm pleased to find that this month seemed quite a bit better...
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Depression

Postpartum Depression – The Question Of Medication


The publicity from last week about postpartum depression has really made me think.  Saying depression isn't chemical and telling people to "get over it" are fairly typical makings for a stigma.  The other, and even more controversial angle of this, is medication.  Not only is psychotropic medication a hot topic anyway, it is particularly so for women who are pregnant and breastfeeding.

Professional And...
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Uninformed Media Keeps Depression Stigma Alive


Today I received an urgent email from Katherine Stone, a blogger/advocate for postpartum depression.  She and others came across an insulting article on AOL news regarding the South Carolina mother accused of drowning her children earlier this week.

Postpartum Depression Comments Generalized And Uninformed

Certainly, the news of these tragic little ones being killed by their mother is sad, horrifying, and...
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General

Get Set For Starting School


School is here again for many people, including me today.  Once again, the happy chaos of school lunches, backpacks, and alarm clocks set the rhythm of our week.  But with that rhythm comes some serious adjustment.  And a little stress!  Check out this quick review of important points for starting school this year.  Keep everyone on track whether you have already started school...
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Adult Parent-Child Relationships Around The World

Adult parent-child relationships can be challenging at times, but also very rewarding.  I read an intriguing article this morning about adult parent-child relationships.  I hadn't thought about how this could be different across other countries.  The differences and similarities really made me think.

Of course, it doesn't say anything about cultures with less influence from Western civilization, like African or Asian countries.  But still,...
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Positive Influence Of Siblings


If there's one thing that puts me over the edge at home it's dealing with the girls fighting.  It gets noisy, doesn't always resolve right away, and certainly stirs up feathers.  But I recall from my counseling training that allowing siblings to argue wasn't all bad.  As long as they weren't hurting each other emotionally or physically, this "exchange of ideas" was a...
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