Monday, February 11, 2019

"Psych Up Live" Segment on Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression is suffered by 20% of women; but it is misunderstood and overlooked by many new mothers who suffer, as well as those who love them.

In this episode, Dr. Deborah Serani, psychologist, author and renowned expert in Depressive Disorders, clarifies Postpartum Depression in both a professional and personal way.

She discusses the causes of Postpartum Depression, the difference in symptoms between “ Baby Blues” and the other types of Postpartum Mental Health Disorders - and the reasons they are so often overlooked. She addresses the physical and psychological impact on the new mother and draws upon her own experience with Postpartum Depression to underscore the reality of the suffering and the reality that it can be treated.

Dr. Serani considers the value of medication, a wide range of evidenced-based treatments and the importance of many holistic approaches. She even considers Postpartum impact on the new dad, adoptive parents and same sex partners,  and the family and ways they can support the new mom.

Listen by clicking the arrow above.

Monday, January 21, 2019

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month.

"Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic and professionally situations. Mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, as well as social and economic opportunities." ~ National Mentoring Parternship                                                  
There are few relationships in life that are more influential than those between a mentor and a young person. I know this from both sides of the coin. I've had many mentors in my life growing up. A person who took a unique interest in me, fostered my growth and guided me onward.

I've also been a mentor to many. The experience has been so rewarding and meaningful to me. In fact, research shows that mentoring is an extraordinary experience for all involved.

Be mentor.

Change a life.

And transform your own.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

November 17th is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, a survivor of his father’s 1972 suicide, introduced a new resolution into the US Senate. With its passage, the US Congress designated the Saturday before Thanksgiving as National Survivors of Suicide Day - an awareness day that reaches out to thousands of people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

National Survivors of Suicide Day has evolved into a global awareness day called International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day thanks to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. 

Sometimes called "Survivor Day," this November 17th will find children and adults affected by suicide loss gathering around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and heal. Last year, there were over 400 Survivor Day events in 20 countries.

To find a local Survivor Day event near you, link here
Every 40 seconds, someone dies by suicide. 
Every 41 seconds someone tries to understand that loss. 

If you need help, are suicidal or feeling hopeless, please call 1-800-273-TALK. 

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month, honoring all those who care for loved ones with physical and mental health issues. 

Here are some statistics for caregivers: 
  • There are more than 65 million people in the US alone who spend an average of 20 hours a week caring for a loved one.
  • 1.4 million children ages 8 to 18 provide care for an adult relative.
  • Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women. 
  • 14% of family caregivers care for a special needs child with an estimated 16.8 million caring for special needs children under 18 years old. 
  • Stress of family caregiving for persons with dementia has been shown to impact a person's immune system for up to three years after their caregiving ends thus increasing their chances of developing a chronic illness themselves.
  • 20% of caregivers over 50 years old report symptoms of depression compared to 8% of their non-caregiving peers.

Being a family caregiver takes patience, dedication and love. Make sure you celebrate those in your life who look out for you and your well-being - and if you're a caregiver, it's vital to make time to care for yourself.

Monday, October 15, 2018

October in Prenatal Loss Awareness Month

Many people are not aware that 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in loss. That statistic feels even more staggering when you look at the yearly number: that approximately one million pregnancies in the United States and Canada end in early pregnancy loss, SIDS, miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child. 

Pregnancy and Infant Loss are deeply painful experiences that many families face daily, but they receive little attention. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month can reach and teach others about the needs of bereaved parents.

Here are 7 ways to help a loved one or friend deal with early pregnancy loss:

  • Host a community memorial service
  • Plant a memorial garden or tree 
  • Arrange a religious service or memorial
  • Design a memorial stone
  • Dedicate a star to the baby at Star Registry
  • Send a card
  • Make a call