Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression? Ruth Shidlo, PhD Did you know that the majority of new mothers may experience a period of so-called “baby blues,” sometimes lasting up to ten days? Often peaking during the fourth day, this syndrome may include irritability, weeping, sadness, anxiety and confusion. This mood disturbance is transient, does not affect […]

The window of the soul: From connection to protection and back

The window of the soul: From connection to protection and back

The window of the soul: From connection to protection and back Ruth Shidlo, PhD By poet and scientist alike, the face (and in particular the eyes) is considered the window of the soul, allowing us to look outside us, while others, in turn, “read” our facial expressions as best they can (with the help of […]

Nightmares and their treatment

Nightmares and their treatment

Nightmares and their treatment Nightmares Ruth Shidlo, PhD During rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, it is thought that we digest and process the daily residue of experiences that accumulated during the day, and perhaps, additional experiences as well, upon dreaming. When people are deprived of REM sleep, they tend to become irritable and are less […]

Living with cancer: a new reality

Living with cancer: a new reality

Living with cancer: a new reality Living with cancer Ruth Shidlo, PhD Improved awareness in both the general public and the medical profession, as well as constant advances in diagnosis and treatment, are making it possible for more and more people to survive  cancer (an umbrella term for many diseases) and live longer. After the […]

Social anxiety

Social anxiety

Social anxiety Social anxiety (formerly called “social phobia”) Ruth Shidlo, PhD Social anxiety is not the same as shyness.  It is characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations (e.g., school, work). For example, the person may fear and avoid public speaking, or go through it yet experience it as a taxing […]

What is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)?

What is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)?

What is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)? Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Ruth Shidlo, PhD Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) is a result of prolonged stress. The stressors to which the person is exposed are repetitive and prolonged, may occur at critical periods in development (when the person is most vulnerable), and will […]

LOVING SOMEONE GAY

LOVING SOMEONE GAY

LOVING SOMEONE GAY Ruth Shidlo, PhD What is homosexuality? Increasingly, over the past ten to twenty years, we see a greater tolerance for gay men and lesbian women in many countries, including Israel. Homosexuality, or an attraction to a person of the same sex, may or may not involve actual sexual behavior, since the behavioral […]

Homosexuality and the “coming out” process

Homosexuality and the “coming out” process

Homosexuality and the “coming out” process Ruth Shidlo, PhD In recent years, many gains have been made in over 70 countries around the globe, with respect to sexual orientation rights, which are increasingly safeguarded under regulations, laws, and constitutions. There is a global tendency towards the decriminalization of consensual same-sex acts, and “rainbow families” are increasingly […]

A few facts about sleep

A few facts about sleep

A few facts about sleep Ruth Shidlo, PhD Sleep plays an important role in our lives and affects our health. It is necessary for one’s well-being, both physical and mental.  Among other things, sleep disorders may lead to sleepiness, fatigue, attention and concentration difficulties, low frustration tolerance, irritability, and impaired functioning. Sleep allows our bodies […]