Ten years ago tonight, an unexpected door opened in my life. It was one of those moments you never want to imagine living through, and as it happened, I knew the reality of it was bigger than me. And yet, all I could think as I lay face-down, drowning in the pool, was: "You're an idiot."
The stigma associated with seeking mental health care -- in addition to our cultural reluctance to admit mental health concerns -- prevent many of the brave men and women in our armed forces from obtaining proper treatment.
Our society does a poor job of addressing psychological pain and suffering. Indeed we humans seem to have a difficult time addressing our own mental health needs.
Perhaps even more than the actual hospital stay, the hospital bill can be difficult to understand.
Women are constantly shamed for their shape. Prepartum, postpartum, and never-partum. All but the smallest sizes are viewed as less than ideal.
The only thing I have ever done that came close to being as scary as jumping out of that airplane was saying goodbye to my husband before each deployment.
Parents unquestionably revel in times of great delight, yet these times are leavened with, and even overwhelmed by, tension, disputes, worry and even outright anger.
Research reveals that perinatal and postpartum mood disorders are often linked to striving for perfection. Here are some psychological meditations for cultivating a conscious pregnancy.
I realized that dealing with a deployment does have an upside. You definitely find out what you are made of.
The moms of married soldiers are often overlooked; even the media forgets to tell the stories of the thousands of mothers concerned about their deployed children.
For some families, this Memorial Day will be especially hard. Their loved ones didn't die the hero's death. They were one of 160 soldiers last year who committed suicide, despite the military's unprecedented effort to stem the tide.
Motherhood is not about words or biology. It's about trust and nurturing and love. It's the cooing and the gaze your baby gives you when they hear your voice, it's the innate need they have to be close to you.
I am personally a huge fan of facebook. It has been like this guilty little pleasure that felt too unprofessional to talk about. Well, fast forward to April 5, 2010, the day my father died.
in order for the attachments to develop smoothly in a new family, there is one key element that predicts relative success--the parent's understanding of their own relationship history.
You don't need any special gear or to be attached at the hip 24-7 to create a bond. I think instead you need to spend time with them, to get to know them intimately, and to meet them where they are.
When our parents respond to us in consistent, sensitive and loving ways, we form secure attachments with them, and this gives us the confidence to learn, grow and thrive.