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Pregnant and Postpartum Depression Screening

Spurred by a U.S. Preventive Services’ Task Force Panel’s January 26, 2016 report that, “Women Should Be Screened During and After Pregnancy for Depression,” networks and media across the country jumped on the bandwagon reporting on the signs, symptoms, and treatment of depression in pregnant and postpartum women. The Panel’s first-time recommendation for depression screening …

Sexting

Sexting cases have become more widespread as a growing population of high school students send and receive sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages, usually by cell phone. Although some deny understanding the consequences, many who know the risks feel pressured by boyfriends, girlfriends, and peers to respond to requests for suggestive photos. In November 2015, …

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are becoming rare as more and more people set short and long-term goals for the upcoming year. SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound) much like New Year’s resolutions, are achieved through behavior modification, dedication, and hard work. Researchers suggest scheduling, planning, and publicizing resolutions or goals increases the odds of …

Fear in Children

School is in session and for most students the fall season is going well. Schedules have been adjusted, books have been issued, students have learned their way around campus, and teachers have connected names to faces. School is a safe, happy institution of higher learning – until something goes terribly wrong. Since August of this …

Hoarding

Precious keepsakes, memorabilia, letters from loved ones, greeting cards, and valued collectibles fill drawers, shelves, attics, and basements in homes across America. They remind us of special occasions, special people, and memorable times. However, stacks of old newspapers and magazines, boxes of old electronics, unopened mail, damaged furniture, and piles of never used clothing are …