If you are a woman who recently had pain with penetrative sex, you should consult your OB/GYNO to determine the medical factors that may be causing painful sex. Medical conditions that can cause pelvic pain include endometriosis, vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, various skin conditions, hormonal changes related to menopause, pregnancy, or while breastfeeding, physical trauma from childbirth, hip … [Read more...] about Having Pain with Sex?
Almost every adult survivor of sexual abuse believes they were responsible for their sexual abuse. In addition, the secrecy and shame about these experiences can lead to profound emotional grief and anger, and isolation from others. Often, these feelings are the result of “grooming.” Grooming refers to behaviors that an adult abuser uses to desensitize or prepare a child for sexual abuse. Grooming … [Read more...] about Were you “Groomed?”: Understanding the Role of Grooming Behavior in Sexual Abuse
Feeling sad is a normal and healthy response to many different situations in life. For example it would be well within the range of normal to feel sad in response to the death of a friend or family member, the end of a romantic relationship, an unexpected move, a difficult career transition, etc. Many people struggle with how to know when sadness may actually be depression, or when sadness has … [Read more...] about Depression: When to Get Help
At some point in life, most individuals will face a personal medical crisis or must live with a chronic illness. A common concern I see in my practice is an increase in anxiety after a medical event or diagnosis of a chronic illness. Here are a few things to know about medical problems and anxiety: Anxiety about medical concerns is common: Anxiety around health issues is very common. It is normal … [Read more...] about Medical Problems & Anxiety
Many clinicians and doctors may confuse the symptoms of Postpartum PTSD with Postpartum Depression. While there may be some overlap in symptoms such as having difficulty bonding with the baby, feeling sad or having a low mood, loosing interest in activities once enjoyed, difficulty sleeping, and withdrawing socially, the importance between these two disorders is significant. In addition, the … [Read more...] about Postpartum PTSD
Opiate addiction has become an epidemic in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and estimated 2.1 million people in the United States are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin. For more information please … [Read more...] about 10 Signs Your Loved One May Be Struggling with Opiate Addiction