Category Archives: Ann Sheerin

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

For some, the changing of the leaves and cooler temperature spark joy, for others it means shorter days, less sunlight and the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Unlike holiday blues, which many people experience during this time of year due to added stress of the season, SAD is a recurrent clinical depression linked to person’s predisposed biology. The exact cause has not been determined, but many studies suggest a correlation with reduced sunlight exposure. This is found to interfere with the body’s biological clock, which regulates mood, sleep, and hormones. Recent research, is also associating low vitamin D levels as a factor in those diagnosed.Read More »

Thriving During the Holiday Season with a Mood Disorder

Thriving During the Holiday Season with a Mood Disorder

Stress has become synonymous with the holiday season. For those with a diagnosed mood disorder, the holiday season can be a time of increased mood shifts. Stress whether good or bad can cause a change. Being prepared is the best way to control the shifts so that you are not spending the New Year trying to come back from mania or depression.Read More »

Understanding the Value of Play for Adults

Understanding the Value of Play for Adults

A recent post on Facebook of a toddler finger painting got me wondering; at what age do we decide finger painting is no longer an option. It’s not just finger painting, but what about playing chase, or jumping on a trampoline, or just lying in the grass watching the clouds go by. I’m not suggesting we all run off to Neverland and refuse to “grow up”. There is however, something to be said about the value of incorporating play into our lives.Read More »

Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety: Why Is This Happening to Me?

Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety: Why Is This Happening to Me?

If you or a loved one recognize the symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety, the next logical question is “how did this happen?” According to the experts, there isn’t a singular cause. Following is a list of physical, emotional, and lifestyle factors which may contribute to the development. This illness not only affects women who have given birth but also pregnant women, adoptive mothers, women who have had a miscarriage or still birth, and even fathers can all experience their own form of postpartum depression and/or postpartum anxiety.Read More »

Post-adoption Depression

Post-adoption Depression

For parents who have chosen to adopt, a new baby or child represents a dream come true. . After the child is placed in the home however, new parents may be confused or frustrated when they experience feelings of sadness, guilt, anxiety, and hopelessness. Most suffer in silence, because of the shame and guilt of not being entirely ecstatic over something that was chosen and, in many cases, worked so hard to get. Research suggests a depression similar to postpartum depression can also be experienced when a baby or child is adopted. It is referred to as post-adoption depression and thought to affect between 18 and 26% of adoptive mothers. Adoptive fathers are also affected, but little research has been conducted to determine numbers.Read More »

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