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From Anxiety to Confidence: One Patient’s Story of HOPE!

From Anxiety to Confidence: One Patient’s Story of HOPE!

From Anxiety to Confidence: One Patient’s Story of HOPE!
John*, who was struggling with crippling anxiety, was one of my first patients during my second year of residency rotation in the Loeks Residency Center at Pine Rest. Unfortunately, John and his wife were very limited in what they could...

Tips for Helping Kids Navigate Their Emotions

Tips for Helping Kids Navigate Their Emotions

  Helping kids navigate their emotions is a skill that may not come naturally to many parents. After all, we as parents often forget that our children are complex beings who are not born as fully developed “mini-adults.” As a…

Tips for Recognizing Signs of Stress in Your Child

Tips for Recognizing Signs of Stress in Your Child

Are you feeling the effects of stress? How about your children? Kids are like sponges for the emotions around them. So when parents are stressed out, kids will sense the stress, too. In addition to stress at home, kids have…

The Power of Positive Parenting: Catch Kids Doing Good!

The Power of Positive Parenting: Catch Kids Doing Good!
The power of positive parenting might be more effective than you think. “Catch-em being good” has repeatedly been shown to improve positive behavior in kids. While we know this is true, most of us could probably find negative things to...

Talking to Your Older Kids About Postpartum Depression

Talking to Your Older Kids About Postpartum Depression
By Nancy Roberts RN, CCE, CBC Kids pick up on their parents' moods and can sense when Mom is not quite herself. After the birth of a new baby in the family, older siblings may get worried if they see...

Baby Blues or Something More Serious?

Baby Blues or Something More Serious?
 When a mom is struggling, how can you tell whether it's baby blues or postpartum depression? (Or other perinatal mood and anxiety disorder?) Any women can relate to the emotional roller coaster that dominates the first few weeks after a...

Exercise Fuels the Brain’s Stress Buffers

Exercise Fuels the Brain’s Stress Buffers

Exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress, according to research into the effect of exercise on neurochemicals involved in the body’s stress response. Mental health benefits Preliminary evidence suggests that physically active people have…

A Patient’s Story: Postpartum Depression Treatment via Telehealth

A Patient’s Story: Postpartum Depression Treatment via Telehealth
Earlier this year, Pine Rest clinicians in both Iowa and Michigan began treating women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) using Telehealth Services. The following interview is with Brianna* -- a patient who was treated for postpartum depression both...

May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month

May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month

Did you know that May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month in the State of Michigan? For the seventh year in a row, Michigan law makers have officially proclaimed the month of May, Postpartum Depression Awareness Month for the entire state….

Tips on Developing Your Self-Compassion

Tips on Developing Your Self-Compassion
Why are we so hard on ourselves? As human beings, we will say the wrong thing, make the wrong turn or arrive at the wrong time! Making mistakes doesn’t make us stupid; it makes us human. We wouldn’t call someone...