Category Archives: Emotions, Anxiety and Mood

Surprising Sources of Stress

I remember when Time Magazine called stress the “Epidemic of the 80’s” in its cover story back in 1983. I was so excited to see that Time Magazine, a popular and accepted news source, was talking about something the medical profession rarely recognized back then. With more than 30 years of wisdom since, not much has changed in […]

Stress And Happiness

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Stress seems to be so prevalent in everyone’s life today – how many times do you hear it from your friends? How many times do you say it yourself? We’ve learned that stress is a highly significant contributor to disease. The World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2020, […]

How Does Healing Your Past Help Your Present Health?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP “As humans, it’s our great fortune that any negative patterns we are capable of learning, once we become aware of them, we are also capable of unlearning” – The Hoffman Process The issues for women are quite clear cut when it comes to emotional needs. By nature, women tend to […]

Anxiety And Worry In Women – Causes, Symptoms And Natural Relief

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Many women operate in an ever-present state of low anxiety or worry, also called generalized anxiety that may blossom into episodes of full-blown panic attacks, phobia or anxiety disorders during times of psychological stress or biological change — like menopause. A majority of my patients with chronic anxiety are so […]

Health, Stress And Emotions – What’s The Connection?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Many years ago, I noticed that women who were dealing with unrecognized emotions didn’t achieve the level of wellness they were hoping for. It became so clear that our emotions play a significant role in how we feel physically. In some instances, modern medicine will only take a patient so […]

Is Stress Affecting Your Memory?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP I talk with almost every patient about stress. Most of our patients report having moderate to high stress levels. Some are surprised when our discussions lead to the conclusion that they are actually experiencing chronic stress. When this happens, our adrenal glands secrete cortisol too frequently. The symptoms associated with […]

Healing Yourself Emotionally – Release Your Negative Patterns

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP In the years I’ve been working with patients, I’ve witnessed such profound changes with women who have been experienced emotional healing. Many times we’ve worked together to heal imbalances in their bodies which are creating a set of uncomfortable and unwanted symptoms – but some don’t reach the level of […]

Harnessing The Power Of Anger

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP You probably know someone who always seems to be angry. It might even be you? How you cope with your feelings of anger is an important factor that can predict your long-term health. Suppressed anger is associated with higher death rates, higher risk for some cancers, high blood pressure, and […]

Depression, Mood And Anxiety Disorders

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP If you have been experiencing feelings of depression or anxiety or have had symptoms of other mood disturbances, please know that you’re not alone. Up to 70% of the women who come to the Women to Women clinic are already taking prescription medications for symptoms like yours. Some women may […]

How Emotional Experience Determines Your Health

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP This is probably the most important single article on our website. Please make the time to read it. The conventional theory of medicine says that your health is a matter of your genetics, exposure to infection and lifestyle. But with rare exceptions, your emotional experience is a greater factor than […]

Is There Help For The Winter Blues?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP As winter approaches, many patients come to see me to talk about changes they are experiencing in energy, sleep habits, hunger patterns and even sadness. Although this may be a common reaction to the shorter days of winter, as a culture, we’re conditioned to keep our fast pace steady and […]

Diagnosing The Symptoms Of Depression

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP What Is depression? As humans, too often we seem to be struggling to maintain our balance. While modern medicine has vanquished most of the acute infectious diseases that were once our greatest threat, depression is still prevalent. I know that many of you may have had bouts of depression in […]

Common Antidepressant Medications

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP A list of antidepressants and their side effects Depression includes a wide range of normal negative emotions and often manifests physically in symptoms that won’t respond to treatment, including but not limited to weight gain, chronic pain, and digestion disorders. But clinical depression differs significantly from minor or situational depression […]

Postpartum Depression

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP Postpartum depression’s silver lining Women who have had a baby know that pregnancy and childbirth are most often not the picture-perfect image that we see displayed in the media (for example magazines, movies, television, and the internet). One of the most common instances of this difference is when a new […]

Anxiety and Hot Flashes

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP The May/June 2005 issue of Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society reports that standards of living factors, including anxiety levels, play a significant part in a woman’s occurrence of hot flashes through perimenopause. Women who described themselves as “somewhat anxious” as a result of life stresses encountered […]

The Full Range of Emotional Expression

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Feelings and sensations: awakening to the full range of emotional expression Negative Feelings Annoyed bitter edgy exasperated fractious frustrated impatient irritable irked peeved Discomfort agitated alarmed discombobulated disturbed perturbed rattled restless shocked startled surprised troubled turbulent uncomfortable uneasy unsettled Sad depressed despondent disappointed discouraged disheartened dismayed gloomy heavy-hearted hopeless troubled […]

Anxiolytics: Anti-Anxiety Medications

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Listed below is a list of the most popular anti-anxiety medications (also known as anxiolytics) grouped by category: Antidepressants. These drugs, particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are most frequently prescribed by health care practitioners for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, because they are not known to be addictive. […]

Emotional Wellbeing – The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP At Women to Women, we talk a lot about supporting your core foundation of health. This foundation, much like a building’s, must be rooted to four mainstays, or corners. Most of the time, it is easier to describe (and to understand) the first three: optimal nutrition, hormonal balance, and healthy […]

How Emotional Experience Determines Your Health

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP This is probably the single most important article on our website. Please make time to read this. The conventional theory of medicine says that your health is a matter of your genetics, exposure to infection and lifestyle. But with rare exceptions, your emotional experience is a greater factor than any […]

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP One of the first concerns that springs to mind when we lose focus is the specter of ADHD. Hardly anyone is unfamiliar with this term — the ADHD box grows bigger each year and more and more children fall into it — so why not their mothers? The diagnosis is […]

Antidepressants and Natural Alternatives

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Grace was in her 40’s when she first came to see me. She was juggling a career and a family, caring for her aging father, and helping her husband start his own business. Finances at home were tight since he’d quit his job, putting a strain on their marriage. She […]