Monthly Archives: July 2011

Tell the Truth, Save a Life – What if your secret is the unknown cause of a loved one’s suffering?

Tell the Truth, Save a Life – Associated Content from Yahoo!

I write about the danger of keeping suicide a family secret.

Parenting A Highly Sensitive Child | mothering

A well written, insightful essay by one mother of a shy child, with personal experience and research…Parenting A Highly Sensitive Child | mothering.

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Five Ways to Create a Secure Attachment with Your Baby…without Sharing Your Bed

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After giving birth the first time, I stayed home for three months, and then began leaving my son with a babysitter for a few hours a day so I could get a break from his colic and ease back into … Continue reading

In Defense of Antidepressants – NYTimes.com

In Defense of Antidepressants – NYTimes.com.

Thank God for Peter Kramer. This is a must read for anyone with doubts about the efficacy of antidepressants.

How You and I Can Prevent the Next Jared Loughner – Associated Content from Yahoo!

In this post I connect the dots between failing to treat early signs of psychosis, the stigma that kept Jared Loughner from seeking treatment and our national tragedy.

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Use of SSRI Antidepressants During Pregnancy Linked to Higher Risk of Autism – – TIME Healthland

Use of SSRI Antidepressants During Pregnancy Linked to Higher Risk of Autism – – TIME Healthland.

This is scarey and important but it’s not a black and white issue that pregnant women quit antidepressants. Maternal depression is also linked to increased rates of child depression, and poor attachment between mother and infant. The reasoned view I think is represented by Mason Turner, assistant director of regional mental health in northern California for Kaiser:  “Even before the study, women have had concerns about taking medication during pregnancy,” he says. “I expect that the results will mean that we will see a lot more discussion and that more women may say, let’s talk about some alternatives [for treating depression]. That discussion should include ways to treat depression that are not medication oriented, such as stress reduction, psychotherapy and support groups; what support the woman can expect from her partner and family; and how reducing her work hours may help address the depression. We may try a combination of these things first, and if they are not working, then talk about the need for medication.”

So before quitting an SSRI, talk at length with your mental health practitioner. Make sure you’ve got back up in place to antidepressant therapy. It will also be interesting to see whether non serotonin antidepressants are also linked to autism or other issues.

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Getting Practical About Depression

Getting Practical About Depression –   My inaugural article as a Featured YAHOO! contributor on mental health.

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Childhood Sexual Abuse May Be Important Cause Of Schizophrenia, UK

The brain of a child can handle only so much trauma. This is an important new area of research. Click to read full story. Childhood Sexual Abuse May Be Important Cause Of Schizophrenia, UK.

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A Mother Knows

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Even if a child doesn’t yet know it himself, a mom knows when one of her kids is having a hard time. Whether it’s strange thoughts, the blues, sudden social withdrawal, paranoia, or uncontrollable anger. These are some of the … Continue reading