anxiety

  • 22/52

    Dena May 31, 2014

    The 52 Week Project – A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, for one year. 22/52 — There are two bushes in our yard. Around this time each year they bloom full of the most gorgeous white flowers. From a distance it…

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  • Rain

    Dena April 14, 2014

    Express yourself completely, then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature: when it blows, there is only wind; when it rains, there is only rain; when the clouds pass, the sun shines through. These words come from the Tao Te Ching, an ancient Chinese…

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  • Defined

    Dena March 10, 2014

    “It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” –Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility In other words, talk is cheap. When I look back on my life, and define this time in it, I know what I want to say.…

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  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Motherhood

    Dena October 31, 2013

    From ages fifteen to twenty-one, I suffered from severe depression and anxiety. Over the course of that time, I visited with countless doctors and therapists. I was prescribed different medications and sat through fruitless therapy sessions. After years without much change, one day, I found…

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  • All the Leaves Are Brown

    Dena September 18, 2013

    There’s a gnarly, old crab apple tree in our front yard. Every year when the apples ripen, it’s a sure sign that autumn is upon us. I have such mixed feelings about the season this year. So many things that I’ve spent a lifetime dreaming…

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  • Bravery

    Dena August 22, 2013

    As Borges said in his writings, “There is no other virtue than being brave.” And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear, but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear. —Paulo Coelho I’ve been starting this…

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  • Our Family

    Dena August 15, 2013

    You’ll notice a new page located in the menu of the site, titled “Our Family.” I figured that I should do an introduction to our little family for new readers & friends. The page will live here & I’ll update it from time to time…

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  • thoughts on weight gain in pregnancy

    Dena June 10, 2013

    Throughout my pregnancy, several women (both pregnant + not pregnant) gave me advice or asked for advice about pregnancy weight gain. For some women, it was about their discomfort with their pregnant bodies, sadness or embarrassment about “getting fat.” For other women, it was about…

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  • a little bit of overwhelm

    Dena April 24, 2013

    I am nearly halfway through my second week of maternity leave. It’s amazing how quickly it passes compared with how long the “waiting for it” seemed to take. My first week home was productive. I worked my way down my to-do list like a busy,…

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