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Are you at risk for another episode of Postpartum Depression?
Elly was completely shocked when she developed Postpartum Depression following the birth of her first baby. Her pregnancy was planned and uneventful and labor and birth were natural and without complications. But a few weeks after the birth, with ongoing sleep deprivation, a colicky baby and lack of help and support, Elly started feeling down, unmotivated, anxious and hopeless. When one evening she burst into tears and told her husband Peter that she couldn't cope anymore, he urged her to see a therapist.
Couples Therapy and Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a serious , debilitating disorder , with onset at the most inopportune time; within the first year following the birth of a baby. Not that there ever is a good time to have depression. But when someone has just had a baby, everyone's expectation is that they would feel joy and fulfillment, rather than deep sadness and hopelessness.  As well, the energy and dedication that a baby requires are enormous; two things that mothers who are struggling with depression are likely to be very low on.
How to beat the winter blues
Fall can be beautiful. But it means that shorter days and longer evenings are upon us. And, every year, when daylight saving time ends, we have even one less hour of sunlight in the afternoon and darkness falls quite early. The long, cold and often wet evenings may affect some people's mood. Some people start to feel down as early as in the second half of August, when the days start to get noticeably shorter. The reason is the decreasing number of sunlight hours per day. So as fall rolls in, and the clock is turned back, you, or someone you know, may feel more and more depressed. People who experience a depressive episode this time of year may have what has been termed Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Others, who don't have a fully blown depressive disorder may just feel down, low energy or have little motivation. The good news, however, is that whether or not you have SAD, you can take a few small steps that may help you get through the challenges of the season.
Can new dads experience postpartum depression?
I'm supposed to be happy but I'm feeling down all the time. James and Sandy were excited about having their first baby. They had been married for 4 years and have been feeling happy together. Their financial situation was good. They both held permanent positions with big hi- tech companies.
When the Blues Turn Black: Who Suffers from Postpartum Depression and What You Can do about It
Marilee was happy and relieved when her son, Sean, was born. Nine months of pregnancy and a couple of years of trying to get pregnant prior to that have been a long time for her to wait. But now, she was holding little Sean in her arms, admiring his perfect little body, kissing his little forehead and cheeks and feeling like that most blessed woman on earth. However, on the second day following the birth Marilee found herself upset for no apparent reason. She found it hard to hold her tears back when a nurse said something to her about her not holding her baby in the right position. She was later extremely upset at her husband Dave for showing up 15 minutes later than he said he was going to be. At night, she could not fall asleep even when the baby was asleep as she was going over labor and birth in her mind, feeling disappointed and upset at times and feeling thankful at others. Marilee was not sure what was going on and was wondering if she had developed Postpartum Depression.

Postpartum Blues: A benign and transient condition

Couples Therapy – Going it Solo
If there are communication problems in your marriage, it’s a bad idea to wait to get help. The longer you wait, the worse the problems will become. The divorce rate has doubled in the past 25 years, and many occur over the age of 50. One of the best ways to get your marriage back on track is couples therapy. Vancouver couples in need of help, however, may find that one party in the marriage doesn’t want to try this road. What do you do when only one of you wants to seek help?

Tips for Going to Couples Therapy Solo

Courage to do Right by you and your Current Partner
You are at a crossroad: Two choices lie before you and you are contemplating your next step. You are unsure of what you want and feel confused. You are not naïve about the challenges that are inherent in any relationship and you know that relationships take effort. Yet, there is a small voice, a lingering feeling inside you that will not quit. Your decision is not straightforward as your current girlfriend/boyfriend is a good choice, but there is something missing, which has been/is making you eye another individual. How do you know if a relationship is not right for both of you? This question is not easy, but below we introduce five preliminary questions to ask yourself to help your self-reflection:
Five Self-Help Strategies for Social Anxiety
People usually feel anxious from time to time, especially when the demands of life pile up. Anxiety is usually normal and adaptive because it helps to prepare us for danger. However, it can become a problem when there is no real danger. One of the most common anxiety-related problems stems from social contexts. Here are some steps you can use when dealing with your day-to-day social anxiety.