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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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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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Book Review: One Mom’s Journey to Motherhood by Ivy Shih Leung

I met Ivy at Postpartum Support International’s Conference in 2011. She had such a nice feeling about her. Her accessibility, strength, humility and intelligence were quite strongly evident. Of course I had to kindle her book when it came out.

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Guest Community Manager(April) for Lamaze

Science and Sensibility

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Share Your Story – Ann Kirchner’s Birth Trauma and Postpartum Depression Story

 

Share Your Story – New series from BirthTouch!

Ann Kirchner, CD(DONA) has graciously agreed to share her personal story of her birth, birth trauma, post-traumatic stress symptoms, and her struggle to just get recognition and diagnosis and treatment for severe postpartum depression.

 

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Infant Sleep Methods Part Five – Dr. Sears

In Part Five of my Infant Sleep Series, I revisit Dr. Sears’ bed-sharing and attachment parenting books as I am today, the mother of a 17-year-old son and a trained and experienced Licensed Professional Counselor. I first read about Dr. Sears philosophies as a new mother learning how to breast-feed and learning how to parent, so long ago.

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Perinatal Mood Disorders on Dori’s Word of Mom BlogTalk Radio

Join me today, Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 2 pm – 3 pm on Dori’s Word of Mom BlogTalk radio discussing pregnancy, birth and postpartum mood disorders!

Did you know that women are twice as likely to suffer a mood disorder than men, and this risk of depression begins at puberty? Women’s moods are influenced by biological, psychological and social factors. Are you at risk?

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Women’s Mental Health: We are Not Androgynous

Postpartum Support International’s 2011 Conference

Great to see Dr. Jeanne Driscoll !

 

There were so many great speakers talking about the complexities of caring for women in the perinatal period. Dr. Jeanne Driscoll, a practicing psychologist and nurse-practitioner, is co-author with Deborah Sichel, MD of Women’s Moods: What every woman must know about hormones, the brain, and emotional health was one of the keynote speakers. Dr. Driscoll presented her own qualitative study about women living with bipolar II disorder. She said she conducted the study because of the paucity of research specifically about women with bipolar II disorder.

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Dr. Phil – SIDS, Substance Abuse & Infant of a Substance-Abusing Mother (ISAM)??

This may be unpopular in psychotherapy circles, but, I really love Dr. Phil.

Dr. Phil, just please throw your fellow therapists a bone, and, once in a while, put it out there that psychotherapy does not really look like what is happening on stage.

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