Tokens of Affection: Are You Ready?

Most of us married folk think we are right, much of the time, and we believe we know what is best for us and our marriage. This is especially true for women, who generally take the plunge when it comes to initiating marital repair tactics. However, what is true all of the time, without fail, […]

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Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: A REVIEW

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews 1 2010, Vol. 6, No. 1 Copyright 2010 by the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: Notes on Healing Postpartum Depression for Clinicians and the Women Who Seek Their Help While there are many books available for mothers and families on postpartum depression, this book is […]

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PREFACE

My clients have gotten so much younger. Not so long ago we were all the same age. We were comrades in parallel worlds, raising our babies together, in a manner of speaking, navigating the ebbs and flows of new motherhood. I would observe through a therapeutic lens, and later reflect on the relevance to my […]

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Symptoms Associated with Positive Response to Medication*

Ever wonder why some women with postpartum depression take medication and some do not? There may be any number of reasons that vary from woman to woman, but one reason may be that a certain set of symptoms are more responsive to biologic intervention than others. The following is a list of some symptoms of […]

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Tokens of Affection: A Review

Many thanks to Kathleen Kelley, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oregon, for submitting this review of Tokens of Affection. I’m thrilled to get the message out to families who can use the support. Thank you, Kathleen, for supporting my work and for making such a difference with the work that you do at your […]

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Foreword to CBT

Foreword Amy Wenzel and I were first introduced at the University of Pennsylvania, where we met with two colleagues to join forces on behalf of postpartum women. The four of us convened to contribute to what developed into a new screening tool for postpartum women. I confess I was simultaneously impressed and intimidated by the […]

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Keys to a Happy Marriage After PPD

            A BRIEF SUMMARY  Token Tools for ESTEEM 1)       Get past recent anger. He wasn’t there for me. She wasn’t there for me. This may be true. But it’s getting in the way. “Get over it” has never been an acceptable psychological directive, but in realistic terms it works as an intervention for […]

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Honoring Ilyene Barsky, MSW

Those of us who attended this past weekend’s PSI conference were fortunate enough to listen to the lovely and brilliant Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, MFT, speak eloquently about her beloved friend and long time colleague, Ilyene Barsky. Ilyene shares the small podium of pioneering women who started getting the word out on postpartum depression long […]

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Token #6 Token of Expression

Token of Expression Inventory Read each statement and check the ones you feel are true for you. Put a circle around the boxes which reflect those you need to work on. I am able to express myself with clarity, with words and without words, without provoking my partner. I feel confident that my partner understands […]

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Token #2 Token of Collaboration

  Token of Collaboration Inventory Read each statement and check the ones you feel are true for you. Put a circle around the boxes which reflect those you need to work on. It is easy for me to trust and accept my partner’s opinions and judgments. My partner and I work well on projects together. […]

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Token #1 Token of Esteem

Today’s Token is Esteem (self & relationship). See how you do. Token of Esteem Inventory Low self-esteem is associated with isolation. Put another way, the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to engage in meaningful relationships. This inventory will help you identify feelings and behaviors that may contribute to your self […]

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Reclaim Your Marriage with Tokens of Affection

  If you have not yet decided, please join us at the PSI conference in June in North Carolina. Here are details of the conference. I will be speaking about how postpartum depression impacts a marriage and how couples can renew their connection after the fallout. Based on the concepts of my newest book, Tokens […]

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“Postpartum Stress Syndrome?”

The most common postpartum emotional reaction is what we call “postpartum stress syndrome” (Kleiman & Raskin), also known as adjustment disorder, which falls between the relatively mild baby blues and the relatively severe postpartum depression.  Approximately one in five women experience postpartum stress syndrome, yet these women may get lost in the shuffle when describing […]

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Have You Recovered From PPD? Keep an eye on your marriage

  KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR MARRIAGE:   Warning signs that communication could be breaking down:  I struggle to think of things to say to my partner. I am rarely interested in what my partner has to say. Every time we talk, we fight. I try not to criticize but I feel so negative much […]

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