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When the Bough Breaks: Ending the Stigma, Shame and Silence of Postpartum Mood Disorders

Contrary to the popular belief that pregnancy is a biologically protective and emotionally joyful time, women are actually quite vulnerable to a spectrum of psychiatric disorders throughout the perinatal period – the time around pregnancy and postpartum. This range of disorders, more commonly referred to under the umbrella term of postpartum depression, is more accurately reflected by the terms postpartum or perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). In fact, 1 in 7 women who become pregnant will experience a mental health disorder during the course of their pregnancy or in the postpartum period, making PMADs the most common complication of childbirth. Additionally, 50% of women diagnosed with PMADs postpartum had an onset of their symptoms during pregnancy.

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Mood Changes in Elderly Women

While symptoms that include mood swings in younger women may be due to hormonal fluctuations, career pressure and family obligations, mood swings in older women often have different causes. The later stages of life affect individuals differently, depending on personal circumstances such as relationships and health issues. Mood swings in elderly women can be a symptom of an underlying illness.

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Overcoming Sleep Disorders For Kids On The Spectrum

The following is a guest postby the team in the Boone Fetter Clinic at Childrens Hospital Los AngelesDid you know research shows that about half of school-age children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have trouble sleeping, compared to about one-fourth of typically developing children? Parents of children on the autism spectrum often report sleep problems such as resistance to going to sleep or sleeping alone, waking up often or sleepwalking during …

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Not in the Mood? It Could Be Your Age!

As a woman ages, her attitude about sex may change as well. How a woman feels – physically as well as mentally – can play a part in how aging affects her sex drive. Although aging often decreases a womans desire for sex, there are many things you can do to alter your libido and enhance your sexual experience.

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Mental Disorders in Children

Like adults, children can suffer from a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in children and teens can be especially challenging, but is critical. Untreated mental disorders in childhood do not resolve on their own and can cause difficulties at home and in school.