Sliding vs Deciding
Psychologists have been studying marriage and divorce for decades now and the data is in. The hookup culture is not good for marriage. Neither is sliding into living together before marriage. The predictors of marital success are hard wired into our brains and are part and parcel of how our decisions either lend themselves to happiness or not. Data don't lie. Read the full study report here.
The American Psychological Association recently published a series of online health related briefs. Dr. Sara Rosenquist, Ph.D., ABPP and Dr. Belinda Novik co-authored the APA The Fact Sheet on Perinatal Depression which is available for download here.
DrSara's article When the Bough Breaks: Rethinking Treatment Strategies in Perinatal Depression free through this link. This special issue of the peer reviewed American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis is about Placebo, Hypnosis and Antidepressants. For more facts on Perinatal & Postpatum Depression, click here.
DrSara's article Is oral sex really adangerous carcinogen? Let's take a closer look is nowavailable from the Journal of Sexual Medicine Volume 9, Issue 9 pages 2224-2232. If you would like a PDF copy, please email her at DrSara@DrSara.com
For many years experts have puzzled over why men seem to suffer less from depression than do women and yet they are more likely to commit suicide. That mystery may now have been solved: how we measure depression is biased toward women's experience. When men are depressed, they experience symptoms that are different. Read the article in JAMA.
But when it comes to treatment, buyer beware. The the long term effectiveness data of psychotropic medications--antidepressants, anti anxiety medications, and even anti psychotics, clearly shows that treating with medications makes matters worse over the long run. That's because these medications alter the brain's structure to compensate for the ways they block certain neurotransmitters and those alterations in the brain actually create the imbalance they are supposed to be treating. This is well documented in Robert Whitaker's book Anatomy of an Epidemic. You can listen to him discuss his findings in this YouTube interview. A much longer, full length movie about the history of so called "mental illness" and the medicalizing of treatments for these so called "disorders" is available here.
When sex comes after love has deepened into commitment, sex is likely to be a positive turning point in the relationship, but when sex comes before love and commitment, sex is more often perceived as a negative turning point--a disappointment. I didn't make it up...the research shows it to be true.
DrSara highly recommends the book The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D. This easy to read book explains the latest developments in the field of neuroplasticity. The old notion that the brain is unchangeable after a certain age has been thoroughly debunked--all the more reason to start using your mind to change your brain for good.
DrSara was interviewed on NPR by Barbara Lewis of Sound Medicine. To listen to this clip, click here.
Dr. Sara's latest article, When the Bough Breaks: Rethinking Treatment Strategies in Perinatal Depression has just been published and is available free through this link. This special issue of the peer reviewed American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis is about Placebo, Hypnosis and Antidepressants. For facts on Perinatal & Postpatum Depression, click here.
DrSara is taking referrals for a new Cancer to Health group to begin in January 2013. The group will be held on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 in Durham, conveniently located off of I40 between Chapel Hill and Cary. C2H is an empirically supported biopsychosocial program that teaches newly diagnosed cancer patients the skills they need to optimize coping. Contact DrSara to learn more or click here.
DrSara just returned from San Diego where she attended the annual meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and talked about the impact of fertility treatment on couple sexuality. Anyone interested in receiving a copy of her PowerPoint presentation is asked to write to DrSara at DrSara dot com.
DrSara just returned from Columbus Ohio where she participated in the Cancer to Health training institute. C2H is an empirically supported biopsychosocial program (usually conducted in groups) that teaches recently diagnosed cancer patients the skills they need to optimize coping and social support. To learn more about the empirical support behind the C2H program, click here.
DrSara article, "Is Oral Sex Really a Dangerous Carcinogen?" was quoted on Everyday Health.
DrSara quoted: ..in an article about increased levels of postpartum depression among stay at home moms. The issue isn't whether it's better to work at home while raising your kids (every mom is a working mom) or to work outside the home, the real issue is whether you value yourself and what you do.
Realism, says Sara Rosenquist, PhD, a clinical psychologist in private practice and former clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "As long as people have to work for a living, children will come second to making money to pay the rent and put food on the table. Lose the guilt. Adjust the expectations. Then you will have 'balance,' the way a mobile is balanced with some parts short and heavy and other parts long and light, but it will not be a 50-50 division of time."
Quoted in WebMD
My article Is oral sex really a dangerous carcinogen? Let's take a closer look is now available from the Journal of Sexual Medicine Volume 9, Issue 9 pages 2224-2232. If you would like a PDF copy, please email me at DrSara@DrSara.com.
A recent review of After The Stork appeared on page 8 of Contemporary Sexuality, the newsletter of the AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists).
To read the review, click here and flip down to page 8.