More “Me Time” Helps Keep Your Mom Battery Charged

More “Me Time” Helps Keep Your Mom Battery Charged

More “Me Time” Helps Keep Your Mom Battery Charged

By Melissa Vander Laan, CTRS   “Me Time? What!? Are you kidding? Who has time for that with a three year old needing me every other second and a newborn who is interested in nursing most of the day?”  …

Teaching Children About Gratitude

Teaching Children About Gratitude
By Leslie Visser, MA Gratefulness is an emotion - it is not something we can force our children to experience. And while we can't make a child appreciate something, we can encourage them to say "thank you" and provide teachable...

How to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

How to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to changes in the seasons. SAD has a tendency to begin and end at about the same times yearly. For most people the symptoms arrive in the fall and end...

Dementia: Not Just a Disease of Old Age

Dementia: Not Just a Disease of Old Age

  We tend to think of dementia as a problem of older adulthood. But sometimes dementia strikes in middle age. When it does, it can have devastating effects on individuals, families and the workplace. Symptoms of Early Onset Dementia Early…

Living Well with Dementia: How Psychologists Can Help

Living Well with Dementia: How Psychologists Can Help

Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of aging. Dementia is a syndrome caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affect memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities.1 Alzheimer’s disease is the…

After Perinatal Mood Disorder: When You Just Aren’t Communicating

After Perinatal Mood Disorder: When You Just Aren’t Communicating
  This post is part two in a three-part series on how to rebuild the relationship between partners after a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD), which can include postpartum depression and anxiety. One of the symptoms of a struggling...

Teach Me How to Fail

Teach Me How to Fail

By Cassie Westrate, West Michigan Woman Magazine I walked across the stage at my high school graduation with a GPA over 4.0. Two years later, I’d sit in my professor’s office with a B+ on an essay and tell her:…

Early Dementia Detection is Crucial to Treatment

Early Dementia Detection is Crucial to Treatment
Everyone knows that we become forgetful as we grow older, right? Wrong. Memory problems are not a normal part of aging, but it isn’t always easy to know the difference between normal changes that affect us as we grow older...

Accepting the Unacceptable

Accepting the Unacceptable

The other day a friend told me about a loved one who just received a cancer diagnosis and will require chemotherapy, radiation and a life altering surgery. He’s seriously considering not treating the cancer at all. My friend is very,…