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Postpartum Depression Awareness

Did you know that according to postpartumdepression.org 70-80% of women who just gave birth, at minimum, experience what is often referred to as, “the baby blues.” This is what a majority of women experience and is normal for moms. However, when the depression becomes more and more persistent, and lasts many months, that is what is called “postpartum depression” or PPD....

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Autism Awareness: Focus on Early Detection and Intervention

Information about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) awareness is very important for an early diagnosis and intervention is to an individual’s success. ASD refers to a collection of developmental disorders that relate specifically to communication, socialization and learning challenges, as well as restrictive or repetitive behaviors. People with ASD often have trouble communicating and...

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How to Talk to Your Kids About School Shootings

When a tragedy like a recent school shooting occurs, we all feel a little shaken up. Some very tough questions also come up, for kids and adults alike. “Why did this happen? Is anyone really safe? Can this happen in my town?” It’s likely your kids are thinking about it. While they may need an adult to coax them into a discussion, it’s important for parents to use this...

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Starting Mental Health Treatment for the First Time

Seeking out and starting a mental health treatment such as a counselor or a psychiatrist can be a very intimidating task. It is difficult to know who would be right for you. Luckily, there are plenty of people along the way to help you out, and all the decisions are not just on your shoulders.   How the Process Normally Goes Typically, the best way to shop around for a mental health provider is...

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A Nurse Practitioner’s Perspective on Mental Health

  What are Some Causes of Depression and Anxiety? Depression and anxiety are very common in the US. High stress with work, family commitments, or pressure to instantly respond with social media are just a few common causes. Anxiety with overwhelming worry and difficulty letting the worry go can be very uncomfortable physically and can interfere with normal functioning.   How to Handle Depression...

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