New Year, Positive Stress

January 8th, 2018

  Most of us think of stress or the activities and tasks in life that cause stress as bad or negative experiences that have a mental and physical impact on the mind and body. This type of negative stress is referred to as “distress”, which is more commonly talked about on a daily basis. However, stress can be positive, meaningful, and help contribute to achievements…

Postpartum Depression & the “Baby Blues”

December 6th, 2017

Postpartum depression and the “baby blues” affect many women after the birth of a new child. While the experience of having a newborn baby may typically be described as the “happiest time of your life,” the changes in hormones, environment, emotions, sleep patterns, and taking on the new role of a parent contribute to negative feelings. The “baby blues” are described as feelings of worry,…

Mental Health and the Holidays

November 21st, 2017

The winter holiday season is traditionally known as a joyful time of the year but for those living with a mental illness, this season can be filled with added stressors. According to a survey from 2014, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reported that approximately 24% of people with a diagnosed mental illness found that the holidays made their condition “a lot” worse and…