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Biological Benefits of Companionship

As a followup to my blog post last month on the importance of companionship, I was reminded of Gale Berkowitz’s article “1998 study on Friendship Among Women.” The study conducted by Dr. Laura Cousino Klein and fellow researcher Dr. Shelley Taylor, found that women have another response to stress in addition to fight or flight. […]

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The Importance of Companionship

You are not alone.  I have repeated this phrase thousands of times in person, by telephone and written it in countless letters and emails. It is the first sentence in a Universal Message I promote to support those experiencing postpartum depression.  It means that while someone may feel alone and helpless, there are others standing […]

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Gift Yourself Some Relaxation this Holiday Season

We know that December can be an especially stressful month for families.  In the rush to prepare and perfect holiday joy for others, parents can neglect their own needs.   Remember that the greatest gift is being well.  Pause a moment,  take a deep breath, relax your arms, close your eyes and smile.  REPEAT.  Your mind […]

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Help people struggling with PPD with the revised edition of I’m Listening

I’m pleased to announce that my book I’m Listening: A Guide to Supporting Postpartum Families has been updated and is now available on Amazon.  It has been 12 years since I wrote the original version.  While the content and message remain the same this edition is in a larger format and is a companion book […]

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Daredevil, his mother and me

Remarkable! Marvel Comics has published a story about postpartum mental illness.  In August, Daredevil # 7 was released and I had to have a copy to see for myself.  Their storytellers and colorists have created an accurate and poignant depiction of why a mother would ever abandon her baby.  Through this story, pop culture has […]

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Family Mental Wellness

I returned to my alma mater, Whittier College, to speak to the students about what good mental health looks like and how to fight the stigma associated with mental illness.  This opportunity was at the invitation of “The Ladies of the Athenian Society”, one of many social groups on campus.  I was their first speaker […]

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My favorite Professor

I met Dr. Irene Eber in 1966 when she joined the History faculty my senior year at Whittier College.  She had just finished her doctorate in East Asian Studies at Claremont Graduate School.  I  enrolled in her course called East West Cultural Contacts. My classmates and I were the first to benefit from her youth,  […]

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Trip to Israel and Turkey

It was a privilege and honor to be invited to speak at the 5th International Psychopharmacology Congress in Antalya, Turkey on October 30th. This opportunity encouraged us to return to Israel where we had been 20 years ago, here they review the best medicines and Omega-3 supplement in the market and expose why is beneficial […]

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Friendship, Reflection, Patterns and Interpretation

The summer ended with my 50th high school reunion in Palo Alto, California.  It is difficult to explain the emotional attachment I feel toward my childhood classmates.  They were witnesses to our charmed life growing up in an idyllic middle class community during the 1950’s and early ’60s.   While I’ve been in touch with a […]

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Beyond Talk Into Action

All new families need community support.  That is the title of my article that was published today. The link be;ow will take you toit.  My career as a postpartum parent support consultant began as a result of publicity received in 1977 with the founding of Postpartum Education for Parents  (PEP).  For decades, parents in other […]

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