Postpartum Depression: The Baby Blues The baby blues include mood swings and feelings of anxiety and sadness that typically emerge 3-5 days after giving birth and dissipate on their own within a few weeks. 70% of new moms experience this temporary change in mood. The baby blues differ from postpartum depression in the length of [...]
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Temper Tantrums: What They Are, What They Mean and How to Manage Them Temper Tantrums. You’ve been there. A toddler is lying on his back in the middle of the store. He’s screaming at the top of his little lungs and pounding his fists when he didn’t get the Snickers bar in the candy aisle. [...]
Emotional Abuse “The scars from mental cruelty can be as deep and long-lasting as wounds from punches or slaps but are often not as obvious. In fact, even among women who have experienced violence from a partner, half or more report that the man’s emotional abuse is what is causing them the greatest harm.” ― Lundy Bancroft [...]
Is your baby being affected by Opiates in your pregnancy? Opiates in pregnancy – with the current overprescribing of opiates in the Pittsburgh area and the United States in general, it is becoming more of an issue for moms to be. Clearly, if you are using or addicted to opiates either legally or illegally, you [...]
Chronic pain definition and symptoms Chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts longer than six months that is the result of either a physical health condition/injury or mental health condition. Studies show that chronic pain can also be a sign of untreated depression, anxiety, grief, unexpressed anger or being emotionally overwhelmed. According to [...]
Codependency or Relationship Addiction “If you live your life to please everyone else, you will continue to feel frustrated and powerless. This is because what others want may not be good for you. You are not being mean when you say NO to unreasonable demands or when you express your ideas, feelings, and opinions, even if [...]
Falling Out of Love? The realization that our feelings towards our partner have changed can be confusing. Is it for the best? Was it him or me that changed? Was I actually in love or was it all fantasy? This can be one of the most painful processes to undergo. In order to understand where [...]
Single mothers “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress and twice the tears; but also twice the hugs, twice the love and twice the pride.” -Unknown […]
Infertility “A fertility problem may be one of the most difficult challenges you’ll ever face. It’s normal to feel a monumental sense of loss, to feel stressed, sad or overwhelmed. Don’t chastise yourself for feeling this way. Facing and accepting your emotions can help you move through them.” –Kate Marosek, LCSW specializing infertility concerns The [...]
Social Media – Too Much of a Good Thing? Social Media Addiction. How can we possibly be addicted to social media – it wasn’t even invented until a few years ago. We decided to look at the Pew Research paper on Social media use in the US to see just how much people use social [...]