Screening for PPD?

Clinician Note: Please read our latest Psychology Today post titled “Listening to Symptoms” It’s important information for all healthcare providers who might inadvertently be missing    symptoms.

Looking for Research to Support Your Marketing Efforts?

Clinician Note: Some of you may already be familiar with the recent research (Yawn, BP et al.  TRIPPD: A practice-based network effectiveness study of postpartum depression screening and management. Ann Fam Med 2012) which set out to determine the effectiveness of “usual care” vs an intervention, consisting of screening and PPD management. Usual-care practices received a 30-minute […]

Holding: The Essence of Postpartum Therapy

“Many people who have never experienced intense anxiety presume it is an acute state of nervousness or exaggerated worry. This may be true for some. But for a majority of postpartum women, for whom anxiety is predominant, it is an emotional state that is as close to the edge of insanity as imaginable. In comparison, […]

Katherine Stone at Postpartum Progress has brought attention to some wonderful news in the medical world regarding PPD awareness. In a press release, it was announced that the new president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Dr. Gerald Joseph, Jr. intends to make postpartum depression his “top priority.” In his speech, Dr. […]

Careful What You Read About PPD…

A recent study by Schanie, Pinto-Foltz and Logsdon, in the November 2008 issue of “Issues in Mental Health Nursing” examined the content of popular press magazine articles (47 of them) published between 1998 and 2006 which focused on postpartum depression. The content areas that were analyzed: “etiology, symptoms, treatment resources, and demographic assumptions about readers.” […]

Important PPD Book Due Out in May

Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, president of Postpartum Support International and Alexis Menken, Ph.d., have teamed up to edit a fabulous new book due out this May, published by Springer titled, Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Perspectives and Treatment Guide for the Health Care Practitioner. For a look at the contents, you can see Springer’s preview […]

New Website for Postpartum Men

Dr. Will Courtenay in California has recently launched his new website in support of fathers who may be experiencing depressive symptoms following the birth of their baby. Check out for additional information on this subject.

PPD Survivor Blog

Please visit the blog of Kristin Park who has created a wonderfully safe place to discuss her feelings and observations about PPD. Take the time to read what she has to say. Kristin has important things to say and is working hard to make a difference!

How you hold your baby may be clue…?

I’m not sure how I feel about this but: From England, research is suggesting that the way a mother holds her baby may be an indication of her stress levels and may possibly signal depression.[pic:dkimages]Published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the study found that mothers who cradle their baby to the right […]

New Jersey PPD Handout

As most of you know, New Jersey has pioneered new ground with their PPD legislation mandating screening for all new mothers. When I was doing a training in New Jersey recently, I picked up some of their handouts that they give to Moms. They have a “Postpartum Depression Patient Screening Follow-Up” which highlighted a couple […]

Feeling Bad? Talk about it. Write about it. It Really Works.

There’s a fascinating article on a new brain imaging study by UCLA psychologists. The study question they addressed is: Why does putting our feelings into words — talking with a therapist or friend, writing in a journal — help us feel better? The results of this study (supported by the National Institute of Mental Health) […]

Attention Clinicians!

8 Hour Postgraduate Training Program Deadline for early registration for September’s training class is July 7. If you are interested in joining the group, please send in the registration or email me as soon as you can so we can reserve a spot for you! If you need more information on the trainings, check out […]

Postpartum Shopaholic?

In June’s edition of BabyTalk, there is an interesting article: Becoming a Postpartum Shopaholic by Janene MascarellaThe writer raises a topic that frankly, isn’t mentioned very often, and she writes with a smart, easy tone. Most moms would not find themselves identifying with the addictive qualities or perhaps not even with the concept of compulsive […]

Peer Support for Postpartum Depresssion

Clinicians who treat postpartum depression and women who seek their help all agree that support groups are a valuable resource in the recovery process. Some debate exists whether peer-led support groups are sufficient as a single intervention or whether it is most effective in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy, but everyone agrees there is no better […]

New Study: Doctors are NOT Screening for Postpartum Depression

A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (to be published June 6 in the North Carolina Medical Journal), reveals that 79 percent of doctors reported that they were unlikely to formally screen patients for postpartum depression. Dr. Bradley Gaynes, one of the study’s co-authors and a psychiatrist […]

PPSC Training Weekend

After just completing another training course, I do have to confess that in addition to my clinical work and my writing, this is my new very favorite thing to do. Assembling with clinicians who each bring to the table his or her own personal and professional passion, hungry for information and dedicated to this work […]

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