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.

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links. Please send to: cheermann@synergeniustelepresence.com.

Best wishes for your health and happiness,
Chanel Heermann, MD

“At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of.”
– Carrie Fisher



Link of the Month:

In honor of the passing of one of my favorite mental health advocates, Carrie Fisher, here is a lovely collection of her inspiring quotes about mental illness and recovery:

I love this. So often, we use the New Year and resolutions as an excuse to beat up on ourselves about how we “should” be. I’d so much rather we work on accepting ourselves as we are, in this moment. When we accomplish that, if there are ways we’d like to take better care of ourselves or those we love, then – and only then – we can try to make some changes.

And another life that has had a huge impact on me – Marshall Rosenburg, PhD, creator of Nonviolent Communication. We lost him in 2015, and I love this tribute to his work and legacy.

Some sage advice from the inimitable John Scalzi. Especially useful if your new year needs to include making amends for something in the past. (some language)


You are awesome shaped!

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