Pregnancy Loss and Depression

It’s hard for most women to imagine anything worse than experiencing an unsuccessful pregnancy. But 15-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage and the loss associated with this crisis can be devastating. Pregnancy, even at its best, can be a time of uneasiness and worry. Research tells us that a woman is most at risk for […]

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Pay Attention to Your Marriage

  Fathers are at risk for depression and anxiety after the birth of their baby.  If their wife has PPD, husbands are most at risk as she begins to recover. As noted in THIS ISN’T WHAT I EXPECTED: “As you continue to recover and resume normal activities, an interest­ing phenomenon may occur. You may find […]

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A Note to Dads: Could You Be Depressed?

It’s possible that you too may be experiencing symptoms of depression. A study by Paulson in 2006 reported that 10% of all new dads experience symptoms of a clinical depression after the birth of a baby. That’s one out of every ten dads! Not only is it more common than we ever knew but if […]

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Postpartum Depression: Whose Problem is it?

Postpartum depression and anxiety  are getting tons of attention in the media. From catastrophic accounts of misdiagnosed psychotic episodes, and an increase in state legislative action, to emerging research, as well as an explosion of passion-driven personal narratives from women who have recovered. All of this translates into greater awareness and activity in research, in clinical […]

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A Little Kindness Does Go a Long Way

Published in PsychologyToday.com on September 29, 2014 by Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW in This Isn’t What I Expected It’s not always easy to be nice when we think we are right and our partner is wrong. When feelings are hurt or needs are not met in a relationship, people tend to express themselves more impulsively, […]

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Token #5 Token of Sanctuary

Token of Sanctuary 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. My partner and I have one or more places that we feel comfortable openly discussing hot topics that may be difficult or upsetting to […]

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Token #3 Token of Compromise

Token of Compromise 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. When disagreeing, I am comfortable letting others be right. In instances when I truly believe I am right, I can still see my partner’s […]

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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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Dads and Depression: Should We Call it Postpartum Depression?

Yesterday, Katie Couric talked about postpartum depression with Dr. Craig Garfield and Craig, a father who experienced paternal depression. The research study carried out by Dr. Garfield was groundbreaking and brings attention to the needs of dads during the postpartum period. We discussed this “together” in the article in The Atlantic, “Postpartum Depression Can Happen […]

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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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Support for Dad

  Why YOU need support, too • PPD affects the whole family. • Living with her depression will take its toll on you. • Chances are good that her depression will deplete you of your resources. You’ll be on overload for a while — increase in childcare duties, increase in household duties, decrease in sleep, […]

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Interview on “The Postpartum Husband”

This Thursday, May 16, at 1pm EST, I will be interviewed by Steve Walfish, PhD from The Practice Institute. We will be discussing “The Postpartum Husband”. Come join the interactive discussion, or just listen in! To register, go to www.thepracticeinstitute.com, click on the calendar date (May 16, Thursday) on the right side of the page. […]

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Note to Husbands

Note to Husbands: Guidelines for seeking help ·If your wife is struggling with depression, and you think you both can get through this easily, without professional help, you are probably mistaken. ·If you think getting professional help means one of you or both are weak, get over it.There’s way too much going on right now […]

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Note to Husbands: Guidelines for seeking help

Note to Husbands: Guidelines for seeking help -If your wife is struggling with depression, and you think you both can get through this easily, without professional help, you are probably mistaken. -If you think getting professional help means one of you or both are weak, get over it. There’s way too much going on right […]

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