“I Had No Idea I Was Overdoing it”

Experts and postpartum women themselves have long been aware of the interrelationship between postpartum distress and some individual predispositions. We cannot make any claims of direct causality, nor do we have research to back it up. What we have is tons of anecdotal evidence that postpartum women are doing too much. Women who describe themselves […]

When Your Mind Races…

I swear I was possessed. It was like one part of my brain was off on its own with stabbing thoughts that didn’t make sense to the other side of my brain.  I felt like a stranger in my own body, almost like I was there and not there at the same time. It was […]

Replace Your Distorted Thoughts with Positive Statements

Say them. Say them aloud. Write them on a post-it. Post reminders in places you are most likely to see them. Say these statements several times throughout the day. You don’t have to believe them. You just have to say the words. As you continue to recovery, you will start to believe what you are […]

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 […]

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 […]

Put your feet up. Take a break. HMD

Guest post by Alyson Schroeder. Alyson works for The Postpartum Stress Center in our New Jersey location. She is director of our child and adolescent division. “It’s amazing. And terrifying. Yes, I’m amazed and terrified at the same time. Every day.” This is what a good friend told me when describing what it’s like to […]

I’m not ashamed. I had a miscarriage.

There’s something that women everywhere need to talk about.  It’s time, time to bring it out from its hidden place of shame and solace.  It is time to make this mainstream. Miscarriage. A shocking 25% of woman will experience such a loss.  One in four women.  That is a devastating number.  Do you know anyone […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Breast Was Not Best

In 2001 when I had my first baby, breastfeeding was just becoming more focused on. Breast is Best was everywhere and I was looking forward to nourishing my baby from my body. When my baby arrived, I kept waiting for my milk to come in. Nurses told me since I had a traumatic delivery, it […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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