September 9, 2019

If you have a career in corporate America, you know that the workplace can be a major source of stress - usually due to unrealistic work demands and interpersonal conflict or expectations from supervisors.  Can drawing the line and setting boundaries cost you your job,...

August 27, 2019

Each year in America, nearly 20% of adults experience a mental illness.  According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 20% of our children also experience mental illness – every year.  Psychological, psychiatric and emotional concerns are all around us.  Statistically speakin...

June 19, 2019

Therapists. They're a mysterious bunch, aren't they?  Some are reserved, some very outgoing.  Some are talkers, others observers.  Some type or write incessantly and others don't.  Have you ever wondered what they're thinking of you - and what they're writing in those...

June 19, 2019

Today's topic is something I absolutely can take no credit for, but is something I use with my patients very often.  It's called Progressive Muscle Relaxation, a great technique to combat anxiety.  Here's what you need to know.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation: A Defi...

June 16, 2019

Hope Grove Psychiatry wishes a Happy Father's Day to the dads in our readership.  Sometimes you may not realize how important you are to the development of your children.  Research shared by The Fatherhood Project shows that fathers reduce behavioral disruption in...

June 13, 2019

I love books. All books. Poetry books. Medical books. Books on religion, marriage, and food. But when I was a 3rd-year psychiatry resident, one of my best teachers required that I was part of a book club once a week.  I was 9 months pregnant. I hated the idea of a mand...

June 13, 2019

For an entire decade of my life, anger was an emotion I had absolutely no idea how to manage.  It was in my 20s, a decade where I would encounter numerous tricky emotions. I spent the majority of that decade in medical school and training, and attempting to build relat...

Have you recently had a baby and feel uncomfortable about your mothering skills, changing body, or how you measure up to other moms?  If so, this blogpost is for you!

Finding your footing as a new mother can be tricky.  First time moms may wonder if they know how to do...

Did you know that maternal mental health issues like postpartum depression are the most common birth complications in the United States? Every year, over 600,000 women experience the onset (or worsening) of depression during pregnancy or after childbirth.  Approximatel...

April 30, 2019

I start most of my therapy sessions the same way - I ask how a person is doing.  I ask twice. I ask in the waiting room, just as a greeting. And I ask again in the therapy room, knowing the real answer may be much more than a smile and a polite response.  But there are...

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