Authentic Suffering: The Missing Link?

A CAUTIONARY NOTE TO THERAPISTS WHO THINK THEY CAN/SHOULD TREAT PREGNANT AND POSTPARTUM WOMEN IN DISTRESS WITHOUT SPECIALIZED TRAINING This past weekend, I was fortunate to speak at Postpartum Support International’s (PSI) annual conference, whose clear and inspirational mission is posted on their website: “The mission of Postpartum Support International is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of […]

Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN EDITION

Guarire dalla depressione postpartum. Indicazioni cliniche e psicoterapia INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN EDITION With my deepest gratitude, I post the translation of the introduction to the Italian edition of: Therapy and the Postpartum Woman by Pietro Grussu and eRosa Maria Quatraro: Fourteen years have passed since the Editorial Collection “Psicologia della Maternità” (Psychology of Motherhood) […]

Suicide is a Scary Word

Suicide is a scary word and if you work in the mental health field it is a word that conjures up panic in the hearts of dedicated professionals who are trying hard to support, enlighten, inform and protect individuals who might be tormented or tempted by the distorted lure of an end to their suffering. […]

5 Things New Mothers Can Do To Feel Better. Right now.

You do not feel like yourself. You wonder if this is what being a new mother feels like. You are worried all the time and find it’s hard to take a deep breath. You believe that if you tell anyone how you are feeling they will either dismiss it as normal or tell you that […]

This is What You Should Do if You Think You Might Have Postpartum Depression

You’ve recently had a baby. You are more than 3 weeks postpartum. You do not like the way you are feeling. You wonder if you are too anxious or too depressed. Your family, friends and healthcare provider have tried to reassure you, but you wonder if they really understand how bad you feel. You worry that […]

BE HAPPY: (How is that working for you?)

  Seriously. Does that make you feel better? Does it help you feel in control of your life? Does it inspire you to walk down the street grinning at strangers? Does it fill your heart with unbridled joy? Does it make you feel grateful and warm your heart? OR, Does it make you feel inadequately […]

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 […]

Physical Activity and Depressive Symptoms After Stillbirth

Physical Activity and Depressive Symptoms After Stillbirth Informing Future Interventions Jennifer Huberty, Jenn A Leiferman, Katherine J Gold, Lacey Rowedder, Joanne Cacciatore, Darya Bonds McClain BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014;14(391) DISCUSSION “This was the first study to determine women’s preferences for and experiences with physical activity after stillbirth. As such, it offers information necessary for healthcare providers to […]

A Personal Tribute to Our PPD Leaders.

During a recent training class, I mentioned the name of colleague of mine, and soon realized that the therapists in the room were not familiar with her and her work.  I was surprised since she had been a pioneer in the PPD community for so many years, but it dawned on me that some of […]

Welcome Claire!

I am so thrilled to welcome Claire Petrillo as a senior writer for our PPSC Blog. I’ve known Claire a long time and she has always had her finger on the pulse of current issues that impact new moms and has expressed herself with both clarity and fire. She speaks her mind. And she often […]

Keeping it Real for the Holidays

So we’ve all read the top ten lists of how to survive the holidays. Even the PPSC came up with a list of how to find your holiday brave. It’s all over the Internet. Everyone has their own suggestions for what to do, what not to do, and how to do it. Sometimes these common […]

Ways to Find Your Holiday Brave…

The Holiday crunch is looming. Shopping. Eating. Rushing. Family. Friends. Too much? Not enough? Excited about it? Anxious about it? Dreading it? Overwhelmed by it? Ambivalent about it? If you have a history of depression or are currently depressed, the weeks before and during the holidays can descend with crushing anxiety. It is easy to […]

Mashed Disaster

I love to cook. I have been told, and I believe it to be true, that I am a very good cook. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m not doing everything else. It distracts my brain and it makes me feel like an awesome wife because my husband always […]

How Can I Help You?

How can I Help You? Finding and using your best self  Psychology Today Post published 10/27/14 I do not make my bed every morning. In fact, at the risk of alienating a large majority of my clients and colleagues, I admit I hate to make my bed unless I’m having company over. Even then, I resent […]

More on “bad days”

Last week Robin Farr wrote a nice piece for Katherine Stone’s Postpartum Progress titled: “Depression setback or just a bad day?”  It was an important, accurate depiction of the ambiguity that can set in and make recovery difficult to understand. Robin did a great job describing how disconcerting setbacks can be and how scary it […]

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