Posts Tagged ‘postpartum mood disorder’

Suzanne Swanson, Ph.D. – Postpartum Support Int 2013 Conference

Behind the Scenes

Spotlight: Suzanne Swanson, Ph.D.

Biography: Suzanne Swanson, Ph.D., is an activist in many areas of Maternal Mental Health. Since 2006, she has been the Postpartum Support International (PSI) Minnesota Coordinator. By 2007, along with a collective group of perinatal mental health professionals, she helped form the Pregnancy and Postpartum Support of Minnesota (PPSM) organization. Suzanne also serves on the board for Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh), an organization that helps bridge the birth and mental health worlds.

Suzanne Swanson, Ph.D.

Suzanne Swanson, Ph.D.

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Heidi Koss, LMHCA – Postpartum Support Int 2013 Conference

Behind the Scenes

Spotlight: Heidi Koss, LMHCA

Biography: Heidi Koss, LMHCA, has been an activist in many areas of Maternal Mental Health for two decades. She has volunteered for Postpartum Support International (PSI) of Washington for sixteen years and is the Postpartum Support International Washington State Coordinator. She runs a busy Marriage & Family psychotherapy practice, working as a marriage & family counselor and specializing in trauma and perinatal mood disorders. Her passion for helping others is rooted in her own personal experiences with perinatal mood disorders.

Heidi Koss, LMHCA, works with Perinatal Mood Disorders and Trauma

Heidi Koss, LMHCA, works with Perinatal Mood Disorders and Trauma

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Jennifer Moyer – Postpartum Support Int 2013 Conference

Behind the Scenes

Spotlight: Jennifer Moyer

Biography: Jennifer Moyer experienced postpartum psychosis when her son

Jennifer Moyer photo by Iris

Jennifer Moyer photo by Iris

was eight weeks old. She has put in the hard work of personal recovery and has built a life filled with the love of her family and her determination to leave a positive imprint in this world. She has focused her efforts on being a mental health advocate in the area of perinatal mental health in order to help others experiencing mental illness related to childbearing and in support of general mental health issues.

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Stigma Around Mental Illness Causes People to Not Get the Treatment They Need

Stigma and Fear Around Perinatal Mental Illness

With help, you can get better! Istock/Elana Vizerskaya

With help, you can get better! Istock/Elana Vizerskaya

The mentally ill are dealing with public and self-shame. Research consistently shows that we stereotype people with mental illness as someone low-functioning, someone who can’t hold a job (Corrigan et al, 2010). Feelings of uneasiness and fear, rather than feelings of compassion bubble up (Corrigan et al, 2010). Think about your own reactions to the words “mental illness.”

Be aware that a mother who is feeling depressed, anxious or fearful is probably experiencing deep self-shame. She probably feels more shame than is expected and associated with a physical illness. She probably has her own erroneous beliefs about the nature of mental illness.

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Postpartum Depression – Stand Up for Mental Health Blog Hop

I’m re-posting my previous blog about my experience with postpartum depression for Stand Up For Mental Health.standupmentalhealth

As an LPC, I could easily write another professional blog about postpartum depression, treatment options or family dynamics. It would be along the lines of   specific self-care exercises for relaxation, emotive expressive work or cognitive re-framing.

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#LifeList Time! Join us for a blog hop!

I’m joining several of my bloggy friends, including Yuz at Not Just About Wee and Andrea B at Good Girl Gone Redneck in compiling a Life List.

Please join us!

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Study: Practicing Prenatal Yoga Improves Maternal Comfort, Reduces Length of Labor

Prenatal Yoga: A Mindbody Practice to Benefit Your Pregnancy

 

As a pregnant woman looking looking for a safe, mindbody, self-help way to improve your comfort levels and shorten your birthing time, check out prenatal yoga! Check out the results of this study!

Prenatal Yoga Improves Birth Comfort and Reduces Length of Labor PhotoCredit: Istock/Xua

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New Study: Chronic Stress During Pregnancy Increases Risk for Postpartum Depression

Benedetta Leuner, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Ohio State University, released a new study on Saturday, 10/13/2012, during a talk at Neuroscience 2012, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in New Orleans.

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Part Two: EMDR safety for healing birth trauma

This post originally appeared in Science and Sensibility

Part Two: Clinical Opinions Regarding the Safety of using EMDR to Process Traumatic Material During a Subsequent Pregnancy to Treat PTSD (onset childbirth)

There is a lack of specific empirical research to support the safety or lack of safety about incorporating EMDR into a trauma treatment plan for a pregnant woman.

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How Much Stress is Too Much Stress in Pregnancy?

I’d love to share with you a chapter from new book, BirthTouch: Shiatsu and Acupressure for the Childbearing Year.

It’s available on Amazon for purchase

So – good question – how much stress in pregnancy is too much?

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