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…

Trauma in the Wake of Natural Disasters

October 10th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has impacted Houston and the surrounding areas in serious ways. Many people in the community are experiencing loss and mental health concerns, as a result of the traumatic event. It is important to recognize that everyone responds to traumatic events, such as a Category 4 hurricane, differently. For some people, the recovery process may be more immediate, while others may not begin to…