You are not alone: The most common questions (and answers) about postpartum depression

For many new moms, the time during pregnancy and following childbirth is a period of excitement and happiness. However, for a lot of mothers, this period is dominated by intense feelings of sadness, anger, anxiety, and irritability. Here, some of the most common questions and answers about postpartum anxiety and mood disorders.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Parenting an Anxious Child

It is impossible and counterproductive to shield and protect your child from every anxiety provoking or distressing situation. Instead, as parents, the best thing you can do is to help your child confront their fears and worries and, in turn, build their confidence that they can effectively cope with and manage distressing situations.

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Jennifer Welbel
The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health

There has been a lot in the news recently about the relationship between social media and youth’s mental health. Many parents and educators are worried about, “How much time is too much time?” and “What is the impact of screen time/social media?” Here, an easy to understand breakdown of the research and recommendations for families.

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Jennifer Welbel
How Gratitude Can Make You Happier

During the holidays, we are told (via social media, television, newspapers, etc.) that we should take time to reflect on what we are grateful for. But, what does gratitude really mean, why is it important, and how do we express it?

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Jennifer Welbel
How to Manage Fear in Today's World

Regardless of one’s religious or political orientation, many report increased fear for our safety, fear for our country, and fear for the future. Fear is a natural and normal response to perceived danger. It is our body’s fight/flight reaction, and it can be protective. However, a constant state of fear is not sustainable (or productive). So, how do we learn to manage our fears?

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Jennifer Welbel
Debunking the Biggest Myths About OCD

The phrase, “I’m so OCD about….” is constantly thrown around in pop culture. Typically, the individual with OCD is seen compulsively washing their hands, being obsessive about neatness, or excessively cleaning. However, what is meant to be a lighthearted joke or reference ends up contributing to a significant misunderstanding of the disorder.

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Jennifer Welbel
The Problem with Perfection

We live in a time and culture where the emphasis is placed on grades, number of AP classes, ACT/SAT scores, and what college one plans to attend. There is an unhealthy belief that, “If I am not perfect, I am not going to be successful.” But, what if that wasn’t true? What if you could have high standards and still be successful?

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Jennifer Welbel
Stress Management 101

Physical tension is one of the biggest factors that contributes to and results from stress, anxiety, and fear.  We feel it in our back, shoulders, stomach, and neck (to name a few). But, by learning to physically relax your muscles through a technique called PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION, you can help to lower your tension and stress levels.

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Jennifer Welbel
How to Help Our Children Face Rather Than Fight Their Anxiety

As parents, we want to keep our children safe and will do anything to alleviate their anxiety. But, by constantly preventing our children from feeling anxious, we are teaching them that anxiety is scary and needs to be avoided. So, what would it be like if we changed that message? What if we taught our children to lean into their anxiety? Exposure therapy does just that. 

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Jennifer Welbel
Kevin Love, Carson Daly, and You: Why We Should All Be Talking About Anxiety

This past week , professional basketball player Kevin Love opened up about his struggles with mental health and specifically, panic attacks. Days later, Television host and TV personality Carson Daly shared his history with generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks on the Today Show. Although their stories differ slightly in content, their message was the same – anxiety is not something to be ashamed of.

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Jennifer Welbel
Tolerating Uncertainty: Strategies for Being OK With not Knowing

With the unspeakable tragedy that happened in Parkland two weeks ago, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about UNCERTAINTY. How do we manage the fact that we can’t control what happens in the world? We don’t know who is going to walk into our children’s schools. We don’t know what will happen in this current political climate. How do we manage all of this really anxiety provoking uncertainty?

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