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Category: Emotional Issues

Gearing Up For Family Gatherings When You Are Coping With Infertility

The days are shorter and darker. Store fronts slowly transform into sparkly and seemingly mocking displays of joy and good tidings. Emails and phones buzz as family gatherings are organized. The end of another calendar year begins to draw near. It is the holiday season. A time of year filled with emotion; for many those […]

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Work-Life Balance

Balance is not created solely from physical habits and actions. Wellness is not simply an act of attending your weekly yoga sessions and eating your greens. Sure, maintaining an active lifestyle and eating a balanced diet are steps that you can take to feel more wholesome and well, but wellness and balance embody something deeper […]

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Our Sweet Escape: Part 1

Sugar certainly seems to be a hot topic at the moment. From movies like Fed Up to Alec Baldwin’s “war on sugar,” we’ve been noticing more of a dialogue about what we are putting in our bodies. And, to be honest, talking about processed/refined sugars really seems like a conversation worth having. 

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How to Forgive (and Why You Should)

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” – Gandhi 

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Anxiety and Depression

Almost everyone has experienced depression at some point in their lives. It is an appropriate response when life has become too burdensome and those burdens feel overwhelming. Likewise most of us have been anxious. We’ve felt fear around a new situation or second-guessed our ability to meet a challenge.  It is normal to have transient […]

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A New Support Group Cycle with Nell

I have always loved fall. I look forward to it each year, not because it draws us closer to another frigid New York winter (let us hope not as brutal as our last), but because it so often feels, for me, to be an opportunity to start anew and afresh, with an open mind and […]

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Emotional Resiliency

My eyes darted to the phone sitting in my hand. It pulsed with aliveness, calling my attention. I knew that on the other side of the phone lay a friendly, calming voice that always knew how to ease me. On this side, me and my life-long anxiety trapped together in a room. 

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Diabetes and Sleep

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. In our country, Diabetes has reached epidemic levels. There are 20 million diabetics in the USA!

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Infertility Support Group Update

The women’s support group continues to serve as a source of strength and support among its members. And, as the facilitator, I continue to feel fortunate and humbled by the opportunity to lead this group. There is a quote I was recently reminded of by C.S. Lewis on the topic friendship, and it reminds me […]

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The Complex Concept of Body Image

As a clinical psychologist, with expertise in health and illness, I am frequently asked to shed light on the concept of body image.  I often begin by pointing out that body image is a multidimensional concept that consists of self-perceptions, cognitions, emotions, and behaviors related to one’s physical characteristics. By and large, the research contains […]

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h by Diana Harris

The 10 commandments of living

As months go by, seasons come and go, transitions happen, and with that – so does change. It’s not uncommon to feel a bit like we have been in the spin cycle of the wash. We are constantly unlearning and re-learning how to be in the world. Because we are human, we sometimes get lost […]

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Support Matters: A Q&A with group leader Nell Shanahan LCSW

Here at the YinOva Center, one of our most valued adjunctive services for fertility patients is our long-running fertility support group, led by facilitator Nell Shanahan, LCSW. Before joining Nell’s group, some future participants have questions on what the group means and how it is structured. With another group starting in September, we decided to […]

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