Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Preliminary cover art for my forthcoming children's picture book from Free Spirit Publishing.
The subject is pediatric depression.
More to come....
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Monday, June 24, 2019
can occur in children and adults who've experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. This can include a natural disaster, accident, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other types of violent personal assaults.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a treatable mental health disorder.
Facts About PTSD
- An estimated 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives.
- Upwards of 40% of girls and boys experience at least one trauma as a child or adolescent.
- Among people who are experience or witness a severe traumatic experience, 60 – 80% will develop PTSD.
- An estimated 1 out of 10 women will get PTSD at some time in their lives.
- Studies estimate that 1 in every 5 military personnel experiences PTSD.
- PTSD increases the risk for suicide, especially if it is undiagnosed or untreated.
Link here for PTSD tools and resources.
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed in April in the United States, and is dedicated to making a concerted effort to raise awareness about and prevent sexual violence. In the time it takes to read this paragraph, 3 individuals somewhere in the United States will have become a victim of sexual violence.
This awareness day has gained momentum over the years, especially at high school and college campuses. Research states that prevention programs and awareness days help educate the public about sexual assault and sexual violence.
For those who want more information, link here
Monday, April 01, 2019
Friday, March 08, 2019
Monday, February 11, 2019
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.