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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Postpartum Psychosis Emergency Room Guidelines|

Postpartum Psychosis Emergency Room Guidelines You cannot afford to miss this diagnosis. Postpartum psychosis occurs in approximately 1-2 out of every 1,000 deliveries. The clinical onset is rapid, with symptoms occurring as early as the first 48 to 72 hours postpartum, although the majority of episodes develop within the first 2 weeks after delivery. Postpartum psychosis is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Suicide Contagious?

Published on August 13, 2014 by Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW in This Isn’t What I Expected PSYCHOLOGY TODAY     While much of the entertainment world and its devoted audience continue to grapple with the abrupt death of a beloved public figure, the loss of Robin Williams seems to have triggered an avalanche of panic […]

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 […]

Be Your Own Best Advocate

Doctors do not agree on a definition of postpartum depression. Some are misinformed. Some may miss the symptoms. If doctors really understood that postpartum emotional illnesses are the most common complication of childbirth, would they continue to dismiss the symptoms? Family members may or may not understand the seriousness of postpartum depression. Some are naïve […]

Talk About Your Postpartum Depression

We hear a lot about postpartum depression these days. What it is, what it isn’t. Not everyone agrees on the definitions, even healthcare providers demonstrate variable degrees of knowledge in this specialized field. If you are pregnant or if you recently have had a baby, and are not feeling well, try not to focus on […]

Postpartum Psychosis: What you might not know

Published in Psychology Today on October 6, 2013 by Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW in This Isn’t What I Expected When most people imagine someone with psychosis, thoughts of unbridled madness come to mind. What does that look like? How do you imagine insanity would reveal itself? Are you convinced you would be able to identify someone suffering from […]

Shameless Self-Promotion: More to follow

NEW BOOK.  Won’t be out for while (end of year?) Title: Tokens of Affection: Reclaiming your marriage after postpartum depression. Written by Karen Kleiman (with Amy Wenzel) Routledge, 2013? (cross your fingers) Finally done! yay! Waiting for the cover, the copy editing, and all the other tediousnesses of publishing (right, that’s not a word) Here’s […]

New Screening Tool for PPD/PPA

We have posted the abstract and link to the PDM (Postpartum Distress Measure) as requested by a number of clinicians. You are free to use this tool for clinical purposes, but keep in mind it has not yet been validated so we have no cut-off scores. You may find it particularly helpful when assessing for […]

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