Archive of ‘Parenting’ category

It would seem that professional treatment makes all the Difference: Postpartum Depression and its Long Term Impact on Children

A recent (March 2018) ongoing population-based study by the British organization ALSPAC  (British Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children; Netsi, et al) has reported findings relating to the lingering effects of postpartum depression on children.  While a father’s depression can have negative effects, the most pronounced problems for children are correlated with the severity […] Read more…

A Kind Reminder that Some Mom’s will be Struggling this Mother’s Day

Here we are a week or so into May 2018 and all the necessary “Mental Health Month” hashtags have been trending – as they should be. Awareness is a good thing, conversation and discussion are two of the best ways to make true progress in a focused area. But, May isn’t just about mental health […] Read more…

The Opioid Crisis Exposes Wine-Mom Culture for What it Is

An Epidemic of “Wine Moms” and “Wine Dads” A great article in the New York Times brought to light that modern parenting culture lightheartedly endorses alcohol as a coping mechanism for the demands of marriage and family – one mocking mug at a time. What many don’t realize is that there is a dark history […] Read more…

Pregnancy and Antidepressant Medication

As wonderful as pregnancy is, all expectant mothers are concerned about how their own health and wellness will impact the health of their baby.  For mothers who are managing a care and medication plan associated with mental illness, one question frequently arises: will my antidepressant medication affect the health of my newborn? There is a […] Read more…

Brace Yourself: Pregnancy Can Make Marriage Harder

Be Proactive and Prepare for the Ways in which Pregnancy May Impact Your Marriage After the initial euphoria of becoming pregnant wears off, a backlash of emotion on the part of both partners can stress even the most solid marriages.  While it is perfectly normal to expect that some marital patterns will change after pregnancy, […] Read more…

A Closer Look at Autism in Children and Mothers Taking SSRIs

Is There a Link Between Autism in Children and Mothers Taking SSRIs? The incidence of autism among children approximately doubled between 2000 and 2012 according to data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) As the number of children diagnosed with the disorder continues to grow, pregnant mothers are becoming more concerned that their behaviors and […] Read more…

psychotherapy and marriage

Psychotherapy and Marriage: 4 Toxic Marriage Tendencies to Watch Out For

In my years of offering psychotherapy to married and dating couples, I’ve identified four tendencies that often add toxicity to an otherwise perfectly fine relationship. I believe every psychotherapist will have different observations but these have been commonly recurring tendencies that I have encountered when helping couples through difficult times in their marriage. If you’re […] Read more…

social media and mental health

How is Social Media Impacting Your Mental Health?

The prevalence of social media among all age groups has created a host of potential problems associated with dependency and abuse.  While Millennials may be the first generation to not have any awareness of life without social media, all age groups and generations are using social media in various ways.  Balancing the positive social benefits […] Read more…

New Dad’s Survival Guide

What Should You Expect as a New Dad? Society and Reality May Have Different Ideas On a recent episode of the HGTV program House Hunters filmed in Des Moines, a beaming expectant mother smiled at the camera and, responding to a point of disagreement with her husband, exclaimed, “I’m pregnant and I get what I […] Read more…

Manhattan Psychiatrist: Dr. Amanda Itzkoff on Prenatal Depression

Prenatal depression, also known as antenatal depression, can affect women from the time they become pregnant and throughout their pregnancy.  It is also possible that left untreated, prenatal depression can have a detrimental impact on a developing baby’s birth weight and other vital health factors.  As a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine […] Read more…

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