Mental Wellness

Postpartum Depression

  Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth.  Postpartum depression should not be confused with the fairly typical “baby blues” that many mothers feel after childbirth.  While most new mothers have mild feelings of worry or tiredness that typically go away within a week or two on their own,…

Mental Health for Women

  According to a survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 29 million American women (23% of the female population) have experienced a diagnosable mental health-related disorder in the last year alone.  These are just the known instances.  Experts say that millions of other cases may go unreported, and therefore untreated….

10 Tips to Improve Happiness

I don’t know about you, but this time of year sometimes finds me in a slump. Winter seems to be dragging on, and I’ve usually failed at most of my New Year’s Resolutions by now. Happiness can seem so far away, but it’s not as far as you might think. Here are 10 tips…

Aging and Mental Health

Mental health and emotional wellness are important at any age, but because older people may also suffer from several other physical ailments, mental health issues can be overlooked or pushed to the backburner. And when approximately 15% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from a mental disorder, it’s important we understand the…

Mental Health Disorders

In recent years I believe we’ve made excellent strides in starting to remove the stigma associated with mental health disorders. With awareness growing, sometimes it’s helpful to go back to the basics to make sure everyone is on the same page. A mental health disorder is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling…

Mental Health Apps – Pros and Cons

Technology has invaded nearly every crevice of our modern society, so it’s no surprise at the ever-increasing number of health related apps available on our smartphones particularly mental health related apps. Individuals who suffer from mental health disorders can find apps that help them manage stress by leading them in breathing exercises or apps…

The Importance of Friendship

The New Year gives us the opportunity to evaluate our lives and realize what’s most important to us. Hopefully topping that list for you are the people who make life less lonely—your friends. We tell children how important making good friends can be because our friends have a great impact on our outlook on…

Seasonal Affective Disorder

While winter does have a certain elegant beauty, the days are shorter and less bright causing many people each year to develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  SAD is a type of depression that occurs during specific seasons usually starting in late fall and continuing until the start of spring though in rare cases can…

Suicide Prevention

Unfortunately, the holiday season isn’t merry and bright for everyone. The number of suicides and suicide attempts actually increase during the holidays. If you’re reading this and struggling with suicidal thoughts, the National Suicidal Prevention Lifeline is available to you 24/7. It’s free and confidential: 1-800-273-8255. According to the CDC, over 38,000 Americans lose…

The Gift of Relaxation

While the holidays are a fun time of year, to-do lists seem to get longer and stress levels sometimes grow bigger. So during all the hustle and bustle this year, we should also make time for some relaxation. Cultivating relaxation techniques into your daily routine is a great way to lower stress—which left unchecked…