Why Can't I Sleep?! Hyperarousal and The Three Types of Insomnia

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under General

Insomnia may be a byproduct of our evolution. I assume this is due to the fact that, as a mom, mother nature was up all night anyway checking on children and getting in some last minute “me time”. Or perhaps, more likely, we are more prone to arousal than to sleep for survival purposes. We can rise and become aggressive or anxious in moments as anyone who has awoken to a loud noise can attest. But we calm down slowly. Only those at the top of the food chain can rest during the day in plain view. 

Cocky ass lions. 

We need to be pickier about our rest than lions. Always have. This might be why circumstances and mental state need to be aligned in order to sleep. And depending on what forces are acting against you, you may treat the issue differently. Because trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep and broken sleep tend to have slightly different treatments, though there is some overlap. 

First things first: what needs to be in place for us to rest? I mean besides your husband NOT poking you for sex?...  continue reading

Can Zinc Deficiency Cause Depression? How Food Can Trigger Major Depressive Episodes (and what to do about it)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Physical Health and Emotion

Zinc is an essential element for both physical and mental health, though it is often overlooked. Zinc builds proteins, encourages immune system health and assists with the creation of DNA.  It also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain, carrying messages to and from cells, a vitally important function for all internal processes. 

But not everyone gets enough of this nutrient. Zinc deficiency is thought to effect 20% of individuals worldwide, and more in less developed countries4. And being deficient in this element may trigger a number of physical symptoms as well as anxiety and depression....  continue reading

"I Hate Him." How to Make Marriage Work

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships

“We used to be so happy.”

“He’s not the same person I married.”

“I just don’t…know anymore.”

You’ve been together a little while, huh? At first it was perhaps just a physical issue, a lack of attraction, of sexual desire, especially after the kids. But now it’s more than that. You see that the things you once found endearing are super annoying. 

“OH DEAR GOD WHY DOES HE CHEW LIKE THAT?!” 

“Did I just step on a fucking toenail clipping?”

But it’s more than passing annoyance. You think that perhaps you have outgrown your partner, that maybe he stayed the same while you gleaned what you needed and matured. Why are you still there with all this stress? You don’t want to stay only for the kids, do you? And yet, you must have been into him at some point. Maybe you could be again. But do you even want to?...  continue reading

Hidden: An Ash Park Novel

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Books

GET HIDDEN HERE

 

“Creepy and haunting, Hidden is a fully immersive thriller. I dare you not to devour it in one sitting!” ~Andra Watkins, NY Times best selling author of Not Without My Father

 

"Riveting, horrifying, and devastating, Hidden is a book you will not soon forget.” ~Kristen Mae, bestselling author of Red Water

 

 

From the Back Cover

He’s back.

Detective Edward Petrosky has always felt the pain of the world like a razor blade in his gut, even more so when he considers the killers who have escaped conviction. But he can’t let that stop him, not after a grandmother is found murdered on her front lawn, the victim of some machete-wielding psycho. 

The case is strange from the outset: no one heard a thing despite the public nature of the crime. An unknown child’s footprints cover the property without a trace of the kid. And a grisly discovery in the basement has the entire police force stunned. Nothing makes sense. Whatever secrets their victim had, she’d taken them, quietly, to her grave. 

But when another woman’s corpse turns up with a familiar brand on her ribcage, Petrosky realizes the horrible truth: a killer he’d thought was long gone from Ash Park has remained, lurking in their midst. And who knows how many victims this butcher has collected? For those he’s kidnapped, any day might be their last, imprisoned, unseen, with only their screams and a deranged lunatic for company.

Now Petrosky must risk everything he holds sacred to track the most sadistic killer Ash Park has ever seen, a man whose thirst for carnage extends far beyond mere bloodletting. But saving innocent lives will require an unbearable sacrifice. 

One from which he may never recover.

GET HIDDEN HERE

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Top 10 Ways To Treat Postpartum Depression

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Postpartum Depression


May is officially Postpartum Depression Awareness month. And while there probably should be an official Postpartum Anxiety month, or a Postpartum OCD month, or a Postpartum  Psychosis month, we'll do the best we can with what we've got. Because no matter what's plaguing you after childbirth, you are not alone.  

Postpartum depression affects between ten and twenty percent of new mothers. While there are several different theories about cause (discussed here and here), treatment is available to women faced with this condition. In a comprehensive review, published in the "International Journal of Women's Health", researchers identified both traditional and experimental therapies that may be effective for women suffering from postpartum depression1....  continue reading

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Your Brain, and How to Treat OCD

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Treatment Techniques

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder evolved as a means of protection, a valuable system in times past to increase our chances of survival (more on this in The Evolution of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Postpartum OCD, and Obsessive Personalities.)

But just because it made us more likely to survive then, doesn’t mean it does jack shit to help us now. And if you have OCD, you probably don’t care what made it awesome then. You want to know why it’s happening to you and how the fuck you can make it stop.

I have answers. Let’s do it. (That’s what she said…or maybe what he said.)...  continue reading