Why Stand Up to Depression by Kathi Fairbend, MS, RPT (Book Excerpt)


In a career spanning decade, I have been astounded to see so many cases of depression intertwined with orthopedic problems, including poor posture. Severe or untreated scoliosis (an “S” type curvature of the spine, from side to side) or kyphosis (an exaggerated forward curvature of the spine) are frequently seen ...

Mental Health Issues are in Crisis Situation for Teens/Young Adults by Sharon O’Donnell


Anyone who has read my blog, sporadic as it has become, over the many years I've been writing for motherhoodlater know that my middle son, now 23, has struggled since high school with severe anxiety. It's gotten much better since 2010 and he's thriving in grad school now, but there ...

New website about promoting uplifting high school literature by Sharon O’Donnell


For the past three weeks, my project has been developing a website called Uplit.org, a site dedicated to promoting more uplifting literature in high school English classes. The bleak, depressing literature reading assignments -  that have traditionally been accepted as the norm -- have bothered me ever since my middle ...

Depression; There is Hope By: Lori Loesch


This depression thing has come to my attention since the suicide of Robin Williams, because of his high profile, depression is getting the attention that it deserves.   I saw a post from the website, TED talks.  I watched a video of Andrew Solomon.  An intelligent, successful man.  He spoke of ...

Searching for the Better Me by Melissa Swedoski


A funny thing happened to me recently - I learned to let go of some of the baggage I've been carrying around for years. And when I say years, I mean almost two decades. You'd think at the ripe old age of 44 that I would have transitioned out of ...

The End to My “Catered Child” – by Cara Potapshyn Meyers


I hate when people call children “spoiled.” Food becomes spoiled. Children are not food. Children can be “overindulged,” "catered to," “parentally neglected,” even “parented inadequately.” There is no reason to put the onus on them. How do you think they developed their behavior in the first place? My son is falling under ...

Adding Insult to Injury, or… When Only Mommy is Well by Heather Bowles


Good morning, ladies! I know you are used to hearing from me on Saturday mornings, and I apologize for the late post, but my family has kept me hopping for the last three or four days. It feels as if I am the only person in good health in the ...