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Three Reasons Therapy Is Like A Dental Cleaning

Though I’m not privy to all the research on the matter, I dare say that people who keep regular dental appointments enjoy significantly better oral health over the course of their lives than people who do not. I imagine that the same principle might hold true for emotional/mental health. Allow me to hypothesize as to why that might be the case:
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1. Stuff builds up over time.

Crud between the teeth is a natural casualty of eating. Since we all have to eat to live, it stands to reason that we are all going to battle teeth crud from time to time. It’s natural. There are professionals who make a living by helping others through the process of crud removal. When the crud builds up again, the crud removal recommences. We tend to accept as normal that this cycle will repeat on a yearly basis.

Crud within our thoughts and feelings seems to be a natural casualty of living. Since we all interact with others in order to successfully live in society, it stands to reason that we are all going to battle thought and feeling crud from time to time. It’s natural. There are professionals who make a living helping others through the process of crud removal. When the crud builds up again, the crud removal recommences. The duration of the cycle may differ depending upon a variety of factors, but it’s my guess that the crud-build up/crud-removal cycle will probably play out more than once in the course of a life span.

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Four Things New Mommies May Not Be Expecting

Congratulations!  You’ve made it through 9-ish long months of planning and  decorating, crazy cravings and frequent doctors visits, baby showers and unpredictable mood swings.  You survived the journey through labor and delivery.  Now, your perfect new arrival fills your heart with love and your life with meaning.  Whether it’s your first or your fifteenth child, you can’t help but marvel at your baby’s every movement, coo and milestone.

For the lucky among us, the picture I paint may be pretty spot on.  For the rest of us, there may have been a few unexpected feelings and experiences mixed in there as well.  As many as 30% of new mothers deal with some degree of post-partum depression or post-partum anxiety.  Though we all do our best to prepare for the major transition to parenthood, many among us may not plan for four major losses that are likely come along with the joy of gaining a new family member.

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