The brain is an important and incredibly complex organ - and only in recent decades have we begun to understand many of its intricacies. It's no surprising that the behaviors and actions of others have been confounding us for most of our lives! The brain plays a critical role in nearly every major body system, and some of its main functions include processing sensory information, regulating blood pressure and breathing and releasing hormones. But beyond regulating physical tasks, our brains also have a role in how we perceive people and our environment, how we remember (and forget), how we may act and think differently than someone else - and how were interact with others in our daily lives.
One of the most beautiful times in a woman's life is the birth of her children, but certain events can impact the birthing experience. This can lead to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) - affecting nearly 1 million women annually - which can cause women significant stress and even prolong the healing process.
Ryan Hofer is a Rolfer living in Portland, OR. He taught English in Japan and South Korea before graduating from the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute in Boulder, CO. He is currently an instructor with the interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) program.
Perinatal mood disorders, including postpartum depression or anxiety disorders, affect 15 to 20 percent of new mothers every year. New moms with these conditions can have a variety of symptoms, including:
The relationships we create throughout our lives contribute a great deal to our personality and behavior. Most psychologists and psychiatrists agree that developing healthy relationships leads to a healthier mind. Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), an approach to care created by Dr. Dan Siegel, focuses on how the brain can be healed through powerful and positive persuasion. This approach combines many areas of science including biology, cognitive science, developmental psychopathology, sociology and mental health. IPNB focuses on integrating all the different aspects that make us unique so we can better understand why we are the way we are and try to correct negative behavior where possible. While an understanding of IPNB can be useful to just about anyone, therapists and counselors can find it especially effective in treating patients.
As social creatures, humans develop thousands of relationships in our lifetime. Many psychiatrists and psychologists believe that these relationships with friends, family, co-workers, significant others, and more, define who we are and how we act.
As social creatures, we rely on relationships for love, comfort and even professional success. Strong people skills in the workplace can improve relationships with your supervisors, coworkers, and clients, leading to better job performance and recognition. However, developing these skills takes intentional thought and work; experience alone is not enough to help you build the kind of quality relationships that lead to success.