Holiday Blues: Tips for Coping with Infertility

Coping with the expectation of perfection during the winter holidays can be a real challenge for many people. It can be especially challenging for people already coping with the heartbreak of infertility. Two clinical psychologists who specialize in helping people with fertility issues offer these six tips for coping with the holiday merriment that seems impossible to escape. ... read more »

Two Years of Breastfeeding Likely to Become Law in United Arab Emirates

A draft of a new mandatory breastfeeding law was passed that is likely to become part of a more comprehensive law aimed at protecting the rights of children in the federation. ... read more »

"Helicoptered" Kids Face Psychological Struggles in College

A 2013 study finds college students are seeking psychological counseling in greater numbers than ever before. One reason behind the increased need for psychological help is helicopter parenting. ... read more »

Meditation: A Magic Wand Against Stress

Being a parent can be stressful! There are constant demands on your time, finances, energy and attention. From sleepless nights with your crying baby, to arguments with a stroppy teen, it just keeps on coming. Stress is bad for you as a parent and it’s bad for your child. ... read more »

Too Many Infertile Black Women Overlooked

Infertility affects women of all races, every socioeconomic situation, every culture and religion. Most of the research being done on infertility in the US, however, involves affluent white couples. ... read more »

Warning Signs in Children at High Risk for Bipolar Disorders

Most children of a bipolar parent will never develop the disorder but a recent study has identified early warning signs in the children most likely to develop a bipolar disorder themselves. ... read more »

SSRIs May Not Help Adults Who Had Early Life Stress

Unfortunately, SSRIs don’t work for everybody. Dr. Jeremy D. Coplan noticed SSRIs often don’t work on depression patients who had experienced early life stresses. ... read more »

Roseroot: Natural and Effective for Depression

The results of the study found roseroot to be almost as effective in treating mild to moderate major depressive disorder (MDD) but with far fewer adverse side effects that turn patients away. ... read more »

Link Between PCOS and Psychiatric Problems

Between 6 million and 17 million women in the United States between the ages of 18 to 44 are estimated to be affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). ... read more »

Mindfulness Therapy Equally Effective as Prescription Antidepressants

Prescription antidepressants are the traditional line of treatment for overcoming a depressive episode and staving off relapses but they come with side effects that many people cannot tolerate. ... read more »

40% of Infants Without Strong Parental Attachments

The emotional attachment a child develops for his or her parents by the age of 3 can be a valuable marker for how well the child will fare emotionally, socially, and academically later in childhood. ... read more »

Longterm Consequences of Childhood Bullying

Being bullied is not a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up; it has serious long-term consequences. ... read more »

Genetic Similarity Between Autism and Schizophrenia

New discoveries of genetic mutations link autism, schizophrenia, certain seizure disorders, and certain intellectual disabilities as stemming from a common origin. ... read more »

First Five Years of Fatherhood Risky for Depression

The study finds that young men, especially those that live in the same home as their new baby, are at significant risk of developing depression during the first five years of fatherhood. ... read more »

Can Maternal Smoking Cause Mental Health Disorders?

I know that smoking definitely causes health problems for mothers and their children. Even smoking around toddlers is dangerous and can cause as many issues as smoking during pregnancy. ... read more »

Dealing with Pregnancy Envy

Have you ever felt like if another one of your friends calls, texts, emails or put on social media her exciting baby news, you’re going to explode? ... read more »

Bipolar Disorder: TTC, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Period

If you suffer from bipolar disorder, is important to understand how trying to conceive (TTC), pregnancy and the postpartum period will affect your mental health.  ... read more »

Psychiatric Disorders and Ineffective Infertility Treatment

Researchers in Denmark reviewed information collected during a Danish cohort involving more than 98,000 women in hopes of determining whether or not there was a connection between psychiatric disorders and ineffective infertility treatments. ... read more »

Mom’s Antipsychotic Meds Affect Pregnancy

When doctors see pregnant patients who take or need to take antipsychotic drugs, they face the dilemma of treating the mother at the risk of the baby or sparing the baby by not treating the mother. ... read more »

Discontinuing SSRI Use in Pregnant Women

SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are used to treat depression and other mental health disorders. The drugs pose risk to the fetus via prenatal exposure. ... read more »

Prenatal Exposure to Glucocorticoids May Increase Risk of Mental Health Issues in Offspring

Obstetricians commonly administer a certain steroid to pregnant women expected to give birth prematurely, but a new study shows this medication may increase the child's risk for behavioral and emotional problems later in life. ... read more »

ADHD: Real Diagnosis or Provocative Sales Pitch?

It's been more than 50 years since Dr. Keith Conners first started hiscampaign to convince other doctors and parents that the 'bad seed' kidmay actually suffer a neurological disorder. His message was heard andnow he regrets it. ... read more »

Review of Maternal Mental Health

The percentage of women suffering depression symptoms and other mental health issues during pregnancy and for the first year after giving birth has remained between 10% and 20% for the past 25 years. ... read more »

Physical and Mental Health 12 Months After Birth

Researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne recently published a study in the journal Midwifery. The subject of the study was the status of physical and mental health in women 12 months after delivery. ... read more »

Your Personality Might Affect Your Fertility Rate

Men with neurotic personality traits are having fewer children than their ancestors, according to a study published in the European Journal of Personality. This study looked at the relationship between personality and the likelihood someone will have a child. ... read more »

Fibromyalgia

The pain of FM is often described as an aching or throbbing pain deep in the muscles. Sometimes the pain is said to be an intense burning sensation or a stabbing or shooting pain. ... read more »

Assisted Reproduction May Lead to Psychological Trauma

Women who conceive via assisted reproduction are more likely to suffer psychological trauma after early pregnancy loss, according to a study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ... read more »

Risk of Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders in Women with Past Pregnancy Loss

According to researchers from the Veteran's Administration at thePuget Sound Health Care System, women with a medical history ofpregnancy loss are at increased risk for psychiatric conditions afterbirth. ... read more »

Psychological Vulnerability Linked to Hormone Levels

According to researchers from University College of London (UCL), women may be more psychologically vulnerable after a stressful experience during specific days of the menstrual cycle. ... read more »

Pregnancy Can Trigger Resurgence of Symptoms in Bipolar Women

Pregnancy can be a tricky time for women diagnosed with psychiatricdisorders but a new study indicates it's especially tough on womenpreviously diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BD). ... read more »

Postpartum Depression: Fathers Feel It, Too

Most people know that new mothers sometimes get the baby blues but a growing body of evidence says fathers sometimes feel it, too. ... read more »

Psychiatric Disorders and Effective Postpartum Contraception

Researchers from the Preventative Medicine Department in Sao Paulo recently published a study in the journal Contraception on the possible link between postpartum psychiatric disorders and choice of contraception. ... read more »

Psychological State When Transitioning from Pregnancy to Motherhood

Researchers from Shahroud University of Medical Sciences in Iran recently published a study on the psychological changes that occur between pregnancy and early motherhood. The study was published in the journal Asia-Pacific Psychiatry. ... read more »

Psychiatric Disorders Linked to Environmental Stressors During Gestation

A team of researchers based at Yale University seem to be one giant step closer to solving the riddles of when and how some psychiatric disorders start. ... read more »

Dampening of Positive Feelings Seen as Early Predictor for Postpartum Depression

A new study from Belgium studied positive feelings during pregnancy and the likelihood of postpartum depression. ... read more »

The Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Differentiate between postpartum blues versus serious depression . ... read more »

Terrorism and Fertility

You don't have to experience a terrorist attack firsthand in order to feel its effects profoundly. It touches every element of life, often with lasting effects. ... read more »

Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase Risk of Schizophrenia

Deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to various health problems and risks including bone mass loss in women. Researchers at the Queensland Brain Institute have now linked low levels of Vitamin D during pregnancy to an increased risk of schizophrenia. ... read more »

Pregnancy Linked to Increased Risk of Mental Health Woes in Female Vets

U.S. female veterans who become pregnant may be at increased risk for mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to researchers at Yale University School of Medicine. ... read more »

A Mother’s Depression May Affect Baby

Researchers have found a connection between depression in pregnant women and physical effects on infants. The effects noted include reduced muscle tone, increased stress hormones and neurological / behavioral problems. ... read more »

Life and Pregnancy After Miscarriage

After miscarriage, many women have a long list of questions about physical health, mental health and parenthood. Understanding changes after miscarriage is often enough to put your mind at ease. ... read more »

Ease Pain of Pregnancy Loss with Mourning Rituals

The end of a pregnancy is often kept quiet, not shared or celebrated, and rarely discussed. Zen Buddhists in Japan have a special ritual to mourn the loss of a departed child called 'mizuko kuyo.' ... read more »

Exercise Takes Sting Out of Teen Bullying

Good physical health promotes good mental health, too, and may help take the sting out of bullying for teenagers. ... read more »

Teens' Happy Moods Contagious Like the Flu

A recent study of teenage moods discovered a happy ending: negative moods do not spread among teenage friends but happy moods are contagious, just like the flu. ... read more »

Childhood Nightmares Could Signal Adolescent Psychosis

Persistent childhood nightmares — those that happen repeatedly or for a prolonged period of time — might signal the future development of troubling psychotic behaviors by age 18. ... read more »

Father's Day and Infertility

All too often, men are the forgotten sufferers of infertility. They are many times overlooked when discussing infertility and the emotional association with the condition. ... read more »

How Men Can Cope with Their Partner’s Miscarriage

Paul Coleman and his wife had already purchased a baby outfit and were planning for the many adjustments they would need when their first baby arrived. Then, his wife miscarried. ... read more »

My Postpartum, Part 1

I stare down at her and I am filled with fury. Fury that she has wrecked my world. Despair, because I have to live in this hellish new reality. Resentful, that she needs me so much. ... read more »

Poor Parenting Plays Part in Bullying

According to researchers at the University of Warwick, bullying may be associated with poor parenting practices, including overprotective parenting. ... read more »

When Postpartum Depression isn't Just Depression

The name postpartum “depression” can be misleading because sometimes postpartum depression doesn't manifest as typical feeling "down" depression. ... read more »

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