In order to create a safe space for someone to discuss their identity openly and authentically with them, start with listening without judgment. Let them know you believe them, you love them, and thank them for telling you because it is a courageous thing to do.
Breast cancer survivors are continuously fighting on the battlefield to win the war on their physical, mental and emotional health. Survivors have been through hell and have managed to fight their way back to a healthy life. Thankfully, breast cancer survivors have tripled in the past decade.
I’m a 35-year-old mother of three beautiful children. After the birth of my third child, I struggled with postpartum depression, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and to make matters worse, my doctor found a lump in my left breast.
Infertility, a word all of you are very familiar with! To do a free association activity with this word would produce numerous gut-wrenching feelings, adjectives, questions, nouns etc. I can imagine that I would hear the words isolation, loneliness or alienation reverberated across the room by more than one woman.
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Recently, I heard a heart-wrenching story from an 80-year-old grandmother who shared her story about having a “nervous breakdown” when she answered the question, do you have a history of depression?
By Meedlen Charles, MD. Dr. Charles is board certified in general Obstetrics and Gynecology with Westchester Medical Practice- New York Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley
What is the difference between a life coach and a psychotherapist? I have been asked this question numerous times, so let me take the time to clarify this point.