"Dammit, Mother Nature!" Prepartum Depression and Misdiagnosis

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Depression

Postpartum depression (or Major Depression with peripartum onset) is not a separate disorder from prepartum depression in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-V. And even though the official diagnosis states that the symptoms of postpartum depression should appear in the first four weeks after birth, most practitioners are aware that postpartum depression can start at any point from the time pregnancy starts to a year following birth. 

But this confusion with diagnostics leads to some very bad things, namely that some women who need assistance during their pregnancies don’t get it. Many don’t recognize that Major Depression can rear it’s ugly head during this timeframe and fuck up every baby shower and cake eating party you have planned while you are enjoying your ballooning waistline. 

This is perhaps why prepartum depression is not much discussed. Women don’t know it’s a thing. Some doctors don’t know it’s a thing. But it is. And when pregnant women are depressed they might need help in order to care for themselves and their bun in the oven. ...  continue reading

Watching Yesterday: How to Let Go of the Past

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under General

The tendency to live in the past is an evolutionary imperative. Without some focus on what mistakes were made and who hurt us, we would have been less likely to survive as individuals over the long term. 

But if focusing on the past is sucking the fun out of your current life, it might be time to let it go like an orphaned Disney character with a rare medical condition. Except as opposed to freezing your emotions (or your damn house) you have to figure out how to not give a fuck. 

But how to not give a fuck without swallowing feelings and inadvertently messing yourself up more?...  continue reading

Top 11 Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Postpartum Depression

 

 

Postpartum depression affects between ten and twenty percent of American women. While there are a number of symptoms associated with PPD (discussed here), there are just as many risk factors that can increase the odds of ending up this disorder....  continue reading

4 Ways to Challenge Negative Thoughts: How To Do Cognitive Behavioral Therapy At Home

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Treatment Techniques

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a set of techniques often used to treat scary thoughts and the depression and anxiety that stem from those thoughts. The premise is simple: if you can find a way to change you thoughts, you can change the way you feel and the way you behave. Everyone responds a little differently to these techniques, but there should be at least one that clicks.

It’s kind of like my jokes. They aren’t for everyone. Just ask my mother in law. (Which is why I have a whole series of these posts, several of which are listed at the end of this article.)...  continue reading

Warning! You Might Be Delusional: How Hallucinations and Delusions Affect Healthy People (and why they aren't all bad)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under General

"You're delusional! Did the voice inside your head tell you that?"

Last week, this was actually said to me during a disagreement, though I'll get to the why in a minute.

While I suspect, but am not certain, that I was the only one in the conversation who could read, I am very certain that I am the only one with a psychology blog where it would be completely appropriate to bridge such a topic.

Checkmate, motherfucker....  continue reading

Does Anxiety Cause Insomnia? It's Not As Clear-Cut As You Might Think.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Anxiety

Are you anxious due to lack of sleep, or are you not sleeping because you're anxious? 

The answer might surprise you. 

Can Anxiety Cause Insomnia?

Despite the complaints of nervous people everywhere, studies report that anxiety has little ability to cause true sleep issues, aside from in those with post-traumatic stress1....  continue reading