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Here are articles with news and information about mental illness and the disorders that are treated at Malibu Vista.

Casting Light on America’s Maternal Mental Health Crisis

Every year some 4 million women give birth in the United States, and as many as 20% will suffer from some type of maternal mental health disorder during the postpartum period.

The American Academy of Pediatricians refers to postpartum depression as “the most common but most underdiagnosed obstetrical complication in the country.” Only 15% of the 800,000 women who suffer from maternal mental health disorders in any given year will undergo therapy for their conditions, adding statistical strength to this assertion.

In fact, postpartum depression is not the only type of maternal mental health disorder. Postpartum anxiety disorders are also common among new mothers, and in rarer instances a more serious illness known as postpartum psychosis may also be diagnosed. The latter is an extreme condition that if left untreated can lead to hospitalization, suicide and even infanticide, but thankfully it only affects about one out of every 500 women who give birth.

Postpartum mental disorders are distinct from the “baby blues,” a moderate-intensity condition marked by fatigue and depression that affects up to four out of five new mothers. The onset of true maternal mental health disorders can occur anytime up to a year after a child is born, and it is believed to be caused (at least initially) by hormonal changes that persist throughout the first few months of the postpartum period.

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6 Ways DBT Can Help You Handle Distress

By Kelsey Harper, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist and Program Director at Promises Malibu

Some people can sail through a crisis or upsetting event while others are overwhelmed by mild stress. What’s your coping style? One way we find out is through dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which we use to assess distress tolerance skills, identify the ways a client typically reacts to stress, and teach tools for accepting and dealing effectively with the realities of any given situation. 

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5 Everyday Things That Give Mentally Healthy People Joy

mentally healthy

After living with depression or anxiety for an extended period of time, it’s hard to remember what it feels like to be happy and full of energy.

What in your life is guaranteed to make you happy? If you’re struggling right now with your mental health, that is a tough question to answer. When you are having a good day, try this exercise: write an encouraging letter to yourself. Make note of the things that make everyday life a joy. Refer back to the letter when you need a pick me up, or bookmark this webpage for easy reference.

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5 Good Things About Getting Dumped

Couple Breaking Up

Not all of us are going to be making dinner reservations and trading heart-shaped boxes of candy with a significant other this Valentine’s Day. Some of us are going to be struggling to deal with the aftermath of a relationship that crashed and burned or never really got off the ground.

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What’s Your Therapy Style?

Types of Therapy

Whether you are on the other side of an addiction and need help staying there, are having difficulty with relationships in your life or dealing with a long-term trauma, it is hard to figure out what kind of therapy will be best for you. There are so many different types. “The research evidence indicates — by and large — that when looking at types of problems and therapies, the type doesn’t matter. They have all shown to be equally effective,” says Jeffrey Binder, PhD, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Ocean Views, Exposure to Nature Reduce Stress, Depression

Stress Relief and Depression Reduction with Nature

A new study has discovered a link between exposure to ocean vistas and positive states of mental health.

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Are You a People-Pleaser? Here’s How to Break the Habit

Don't Be a People Pleaser

It’s time to hit the pause button on your regularly scheduled life and do some self-reflection. Read the following statements and mark them true or false, based on whether they apply to you.

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Why Getting Dumped May Actually Be a Positive Thing

Recovering from a Breakup

What was that? Did you just read that title correctly? How is it possible to see the silver lining in what feels like a massive dark cloud? The phone rings and on the other end of the line is the person with whom you just spent a few whirlwind months; head over heels in love, doing all of those sweet couple activities. You held hands in the park, gazed up at the stars, looked into each other’s eyes, sang silly songs in the car, had pet names for each other and had the thought that this was The One. Wedding bells had been ringing in your head from the moment you connected. He/she was the answer to your prayers. Or so you thought.

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Is It Really a ‘Women’s Issue’?

Borderline Personality Disorder

There is a tendency for the lay public and mental health practitioners alike to look at the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) as a women’s issue. But this just isn’t true. The belief lays deep in our society’s perception of the difference between boys and girls as well as how we bring up our kids and interpret their behaviors.

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Defusing Dysfunctional Relationships Using the Karpman Drama Triangle

Diffusing a Dysfunctional Relationship

Addiction and dysfunctional relationships provide a dizzying array of interactions that are sometimes daunting to comprehend, let alone resolve. Each person’s role in the affiliation shifts and changes depending on their habitual means of viewing the world, as well as their entrenched communication styles. Based in part on family-of-origin patterns, in addition to learned behaviors, this dynamic may open the door to verbal and physical aggression, as well as deepening immersion into substance abuse and process addictions. Some people seem to attract, seek and relish intense interactions, much in the same way as they chase an elusive ultimate high.

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