Many individuals choose to not have children. The process of deciding to have a child or not presents the opportunity for individuals to determine whether parenthood is best for them and for hypothetical future children. While it can be a very difficult decision, a person may make the careful choice to remain child-free for one specific reason—or many. One’s mental health can be affected throughout this decision-making process because it can involve conflicting emotions, but it can also be affected after the decision has been made because of the stigma associated with being child-free. These two situations can be difficult to navigate at first, but there are self-help and community resources available.
Healthcare Topics & Issues
Psychologists work with a wide range of health issues and subject matters. Learn more about a health topic or issue—such as postpartum depression, bipolar mood swings, anxiety, LGBT, bullying, and parenting—by viewing our collection of articles.Read More
Online Self-Help Resources
Millions of Americans seek ways to enrich their lives through books, films, and online resources. From improving relationships, to finding ways to handle stress, self-help resources are an indispensable source of advice. Browse our self-help resources.Read More
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Health Blogs and Articles
In an article released online in JAMA, Dr. David Kindig takes a look at health equity factors that are used for health policy development and summarizes a concept that could reduce health disparities and improve access to care.
The New York Times featured an article reviewing a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry exploring whether or not women who receive or are denied an abortion experience negative mental health effects. Researchers interviewed nearly 1,000 women and assessed several aspects of their psychological wellbeing and life satisfaction every six months for five years following a received or denied abortion.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a resource page that provides an overview of bipolar I and bipolar II disorders. Symptoms, FDA-approved treatments, what to do if you suspect bipolar disorder to be the cause of your symptoms, what to do if you’re in crisis, and other considerations are all discussed on the FDA’s website.
The Role of the Father in Helping Children Develop Sensible Values and Attitudes by Dr. Barney Greenspan
In focusing on the father’s relationship with his school-aged children, from six until puberty, one may understand his role in helping their developmental tasks without having to distinguish between his relationships with his daughters and sons.
From Our Archives—Psychologist Spotlight: Can Eating Craved Foods Help with Overeating? By Kristie Bergmann
Obesity is currently a major public health concern among one in three children and adults. One of the biggest myths in weight loss is that changing eating behaviors and increasing physical activity is an easy task.
If you think you may be experiencing postpartum depression, you are not alone. View our Postpartum Self-Help Resources page for links to websites that have more information. Ultimately, it might be important for you to find a psychologist who can address your postpartum depression. Search our listing of National Register credentialed psychologists by using the search function at the top or side of your screen.