How depression affects your family

Parents, especially moms: If you are feeling depressed, you are not alone. For your children’s sake, it is important to address depression head-on. Certainly not the easiest thing to do, but critical to your child’s well-being. The stigma surrounding post-partum and other forms of parental depression is much reduced from just a decade ago. It is ok to admit you have a problem and to reach out for help. People understand. Attorneys understand. Judges understand. The key is to address the issue with a qualified professional. Start with your physician who can refer you for mental health treatment if warranted. Take good care of yourself so you can take good care of your family. And remember, you are not alone.

The “seven-year itch” is real

The “seven-year itch” is real. Are you giving your marriage enough attention?

I was recently thinking about reasons why people get divorced and recalled the term “seven-year itch.” Sure, the honeymoon phase wears off for most couples after a few years, but is it normal to have a marked decline in the relationship after seven years?

I was surprised to find an article on WebMD about the “seven-year itch” and how it’s a real phenomenon. See link below. The best part of the article are the comments by Lonnie Barbach, Ph.D., a couples’ therapist. Dr. Barbach suggests that instead of thinking about “working on” your marriage, couples should be cognizant about giving their marriage enough attention. The article is short and worth a quick read. Enjoy!