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  • The importance of sharing mental health stories

    In this terrific personal essay from New York Times Well, Carolyn Ali shares how she shouldered the burden of her husband’s depression on her own. Thanks to the continued stigma around mental illness, people often choose to be silent about their mental health issues, and ask that loved ones remain silent as well. I can’t tell you how many patients of mine are ashamed…

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  • Moms living with mental illness speak out

    Really important piece from The Mighty in which moms living with mental illness speak out about their experiences and share their “secrets.” May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an important opportunity to educate the public about mental illness in order to reduce stigma. Moms living with mental illness need help and support, not shame and ridicule.

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  • Mindfulness for Moms

    Before I talk about mindfulness for moms, let me explain my own introduction to mindfulness. I was first exposed to mindfulness practice as a graduate student in the early 2000s. Based on the work of innovators like Marsha Linehan, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and others, mindfulness was increasingly being incorporated into evidence-based treatments for anxiety, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, and a whole…

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  • To Cope with Holiday Loneliness, Start by Listening

    I’d like to start out this post about overcoming holiday loneliness by sharing a snippet of a conversation I heard this morning at my local grocery store: Mom 1: You know that movie A Christmas Story? At least two channels play it on loop from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day. Mom 2: Looks like we’ll be going to my uncle’s…

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  • You don’t have to bow to the pressure to be grateful

    Here’s a piece I wrote for Scary Mommy, about coping with the pressure to be grateful at Thanksgiving: It’s November, that time of year when the gratitude-industrial complex once again launches its campaign to educate us about the endless benefits of gratitude. When everyone from NPR to Oprah urges us to be thankful for what we have. And who has…

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I’m Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco, Ph.D., aka DrCBTMom. DrCBTMom.com combines the expert advice of a self-help book with the warmth and readability of a mommy blog.
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