Weekend Reading | Jun. 6

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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.

Depression in pregnant mothers may alter the pattern of brain development in their babies

Depression is a serious mental illness that has many negative consequences for sufferers. But depression among pregnant women may also have an impact on their developing babies. Children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of developing depression themselves, a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. These children also display alterations in the amygdala, a brain structure important for the regulation of emotion and stress.

How to Give Unconditional Love When You Didn’t Get It Yourself

The answer is that each of us CAN experience unconditional love — by giving it to ourselves.  We do this by actively, thoughtfully, accepting our selves — imperfections and all.  When we miss the mark of our own standards — as we all do, all the time — we give ourselves a compassionate hug, and resolve to give ourselves better support so we can keep moving in the right direction.

Are We Misdiagnosing Childhood Traumas as ADHD?

A new study shows that a child with an ADHD diagnosis is more likely to have also experienced stress and trauma early in life.

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