Mental HealthScience

Depression Through the Generations

Hi and welcome to “This Week in Parenting Research”! This is a bimonthly column where I attempt to find new research that may be of interest to parents/those raising kids. This week I saw a rather interesting headline “Is depression in parents, grandparents linked to grandchildren’s depression?” and decided to …

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Mental HealthPregnancy & Childbirth

Grounded Pregnancy: Treating Depression During Pregnancy – What’s Safe?

Welcome to Grounded Pregnancy, the new series where I explore topics related to pregnancy and childbirth, without woo or natural childbirth bullshit. As an added bonus, you get to join me for the next few months, as I grow a tiny human in my uterus. Feel free to message me with …

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FeminismGrief and LossMarriageUncategorized

An Anchor ‘Round My Heart: Love, Loss, Moving On, Etc.

Today marks the end of what I like to call my Fortnight of Suck — a collection of dates that used to send me spiralling into a depressive abyss: 10/23: my stepfather’s birthday; 10/26: the date my divorce was final; somewhere in there is the date of my ex-husband’s second …

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Activism

A Wake Up Call For Mental Illness Awareness

Tragically, we lost Robin Williams this week to suicide.  I’ve read and spoken to many people about his death and almost all of them say the same thing: they just can’t understand why someone who was so funny, rich, famous, and had many family and friends who loved him would …

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Parenting Styles

Parenting Alone

I separated from my first wife in 2005.  The kids were staying with me because she was staying with her boyfriend.  When she threatened to take the kids back to Massachusetts, I contacted my lawyer and the next day had a court order for temporary custody. In the final divorce …

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HealthMedia & TechnologyScience

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Childhood is not a Disease!

Crash… boom… bang…screeeeech! It’s Internet Meme Demolition Derby time!  Let’s get right to the action this week folks. Cruising into the arena propelled by the powerful combination of self righteous judgmental criticism of kids that are troubled or different and a blinkered, ignorant suspicion of the medical establishment tied together …

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Health

Parenting While Depressed

It took me over a week to write this post. I would write a sentence or two and then I would be unable to write anymore. Perhaps later that day or a day or two later, a few more sentences would find their way onto the page. Or perhaps not. …

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Health

Choices and Regrets

I decided not to have children when I was 13. In fact, I thought that no one related to me should ever have children, I just assumed that my own fertility was the only one that I could control. I used to say that I was descended from long lines …

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HealthParenting Styles

Losing It (and Getting It Back)

(Trigger Warnings: Mental Illness, Anxiety, Panic Attacks) Here’s my current take on the whole parenting situation: parenting young kids is like threading a needle while riding in the back of a moving pickup truck. Also, the truck is being driven by three small children, and one of them is screaming …

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