Karen Hoving, Ph.D.
Karen Hoving, Ph.D.
When people call me, often they download what is going on in their lives which is followed by, “I just don’t know if this is normal- to feel blue, or am I depressed?” The DSM-V has an extensive list of the clinical symptoms of Depression, depending on the type of depression. But here are 6… Continue Reading
We have all heard about women having babies and often suffering from Postpartum Depression. Approximately 9 -16% of new moms experience Postpartum depression after the birth of a child.It has been well documented that when mom experiences postpartum depression it impacts the entire family. But what about dads? I’ve recently noticed that some of my… Continue Reading
Recently I have been reading a number of articles by psychologists that have researched Gratitude Lists. Now if you aren’t sure what a Gratitude List or a Gratitude Journal is let me give you a quick run down. In the past, I have written articles about how effective Journals can be for individuals in and… Continue Reading
I have been a therapist for about 20 years, since the early 1990’s in Cincinnati, Oh where I attained my doctoral degree. About the same time, Animal Assisted Therapy began to take root. Technically, it was first mentioned in research in 1962 by a child psychologist name Dr Boris Levinson in a publication called Mental… Continue Reading
IN THE BEGINNING… Twenty Years Ago, while I was mid way through my Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus, an inflammatory auto immune disorder that affects the organs, skin, joints, and other parts of the body. Nineteen years ago I was diagnosed with “Rhupus” or what was known as the… Continue Reading
What happens when you or your partner struggle with some form mental illness? Looking at the statistics for just Depression each year approximately 20.9 million adults will be diagnosed with the “black dog.” That is 9.5% of all adults in the US will have a mood disorder. The median age that adults develop depression is… Continue Reading
When I was a child, the week before Mother’s Day was filled with excitement and art products in school. Every year new ways to express the hundred ways your mom was was the greatest mom. Then one year, I remember that a friend of mine lost both of her parents over the summer. By the… Continue Reading
May is Lupus Awareness Month. Many people are unaware of what Systemic Lupus is, but those of us that struggle with it know that it is an inflammatory disease that occurs when your immune system attacks various body systems including your kidneys, joints, skin, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. Lupus is a tricky Chronic Illness… Continue Reading
It is very common for many of us to have a blue day now and then. These minor sad feelings usually pass within a few days, and you are back to your happy self. However, when someone has what is called Major Depressive Disorder, they experience a depressed mood that lasts longer than 2… Continue Reading
Working with predominately women, very few of you will not understand what I mean when I write about having a “Fat Day.” Now, many men will look at me as if I’ve lost my mind – but to be honest I rarely use that term with my male clients. But, in case you are an… Continue Reading