January 2017, Volume 6, Issue 1

Happy New Year, SynerLINK Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and thank you for your patience while the newsletter was on hiatus during my time overseas. I had an amazing experience, and I am also very happy to be home with the friends, family, and communities I care about.

The big news this issue is that I wrote this month’s lead article! It’s an evidence-based review of integrative mental health treatments for perinatal depression – the depression that strikes women during pregnancy or post-partum. It was written with my lovely colleague and fellow women’s mental health expert, Dr. Janet Settle, and I’m really happy about how it turned out.

The key point I wanted to make is that perinatal depression has many natural, safe, and affordable treatment options that can be used alone or in conjunction with medication treatment. The treatment plan really needs to be individualized to each woman, and can’t be a “cookie cutter” approach. Everyone recovers in their own way, with the supports and techniques that fit for them. It’s our job as doctors, and her job as the patient, to work together to find that ideal combination for each woman. I hope you enjoy the article!

And, our quote of the month honors an amazingly strong woman and tireless advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health, lost much too soon in 2016. Continue reading “January 2017, Volume 6, Issue 1”