Postpartum depression and its impacts have gotten a lot more attention in recent years, and that's a good thing. However, there are many other types of postpartum mental health issues besides depression, and many overlook their symptoms because they don't even know the condition exists. One of the most common postpartum mental health issues is Postpartum Anxiety (PPA), and that includes Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (PP OCD) and Postpartum Panic Disorder. According
The birth of a new child is an enormous life transition. Many expectant parents often feel a mix of joy, anticipation, worry, and the pressure to do the best for their new child. After giving birth, many new parents are told they will experience a deep love and joy that is special to bringing a new life into the world. Up to 80% of women who have given birth experience the "baby blues," which refers to a period of moodiness and tearfulness. This phenomenon resolves within a c
Have you ever found yourself standing in a long line—perhaps at a store, or the bank. It seems to be taking forever and no one is moving. You sacrificed your lunch time to be here, and you start to wonder if you'll have any time to eat at all. You check your phone and scroll through Facebook aimlessly. The person behind you is standing too close and seems to have a cold from the way they keep sniffling and sneezing. You're too busy to get sick! Why isn't this line moving? You
The push for positive thinking is strong. You may have seen studies and think pieces about the "power of positive thinking" and the severe consequences of stress and negativity on our mental and physical health. The message is clear: Stay Positive! After all, what could be wrong with maximizing feel-good emotions? Shouldn't the goal be to feel happy all the time? Human being tend to recoil from unpleasant experiences, and the urge to avoid difficult emotions can be very stron
When you think of depression, what comes to mind? If you are like most people, you probably imagine someone who is sad all the time. However, depression can look very different depending on the individual. The symptoms might be subtle or look like another problem, and these differences can also depend on your age, gender, or culture. The problem with this is that many people don't recognize these issues as symptoms of depression, leading them to get help for the wrong issue.