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We Need To Talk More About Depression During Pregnancy

Inside the hidden pain of prenatal depression.

In the last decade, awareness about postpartum depression and anxiety has blossomed. Support communities have sprung up. Celebrities like Hayden Panettiere and Drew Barrymore have revealed their personal struggles. Public health officials have pushed for better screening, recognizing that postpartum depression is a serious mental health issue that affects a sizable proportion of new mothers.

 
I figured you just have all these happy endorphins, and I was really shocked when I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me
— Huff Post | Parents

 

Can You Get Postpartum Depression AFTER the First Year?

Lately I have received numerous calls from moms whose kiddos are past the one-year mark. A couple of recent calls have been from moms whose kiddos are as “old” as 3. These moms always start the same way: “My son/daughter is almost (1, 2, 3), and so I know that I don’t have postpartum depression. But I am really unhappy and think that I need help. I know that your specialty is PPD, so can I still come see you?”

While I can’t make a blanket statement about each and every woman who calls me, more time than not these women—one, two, or three years past the birth of their little ones—are struggling with a form of maternal distress that dates back, in one way or another, to their pregnancy, postpartum, or even before. While these moms wouldn’t technically have postpartum depression any longer, they are often struggling with what I will call here continued postpartum distress that was never adequately supported when they first noticed symptoms.

 

 
Mothers need to keep telling their stories. Researchers need to keep sharing their findings. Advocates need to keep fighting.
— Huff Post | Parents

Postpartum Depression Isn't Normal, It's Complicated

When a friend says postpartum depression is normal, I get disappointed.

When a psychologist says postpartum depression is normal, I get worried. 

When a New York Times best selling author and former U.S. congressional candidate with hundreds of thousands of followers says that postpartum depression is normal, I get livid. 


Normal Postpartum Adjustment and PMADs: Understanding the Difference


Norm Postpartum Adjustment vs. Postpartum Mood Disorders

I was recently asked to speak about the difference between normal postpartum adjustment and perinatal mental illness at a Maternal Wellness Summit in Denver. My first reaction was, “Sure. That is simple.  I know this like the back of my hand.”

Even experts in the field of perinatal mental health aren’t always as clear about this as we would like to be. And because of this, too often women get over or under diagnosed with PPD and other similar illnesses.
— Postpartum Progress

When she was first diagnosed, one the clearest thoughts to flash through Schroeder’s mind was that there was no way she would ever have another child. She had suffered too much. But by the time her daughter turned 1, Schroeder began to cautiously dream about diving back into pregnancy.
— Huff Post | Parents

The Gut-Wrenching Choices Women Face When Contemplating Pregnancy After PPD

Deciding whether to try for another baby after postpartum depression is so complex

Weeks after giving birth to her daughter two years ago, Becky Schroeder, 31, began to realize something was very, very wrong. She was a busy, sleep-deprived new mom, but when short windows of rest presented themselves, she couldn’t slow her mind and body down enough to fall asleep. She couldn’t eat. She began having daily panic attacks, and was slowly sinking beneath regret about becoming a mom.


 

10 Things to Know about Psychotherapy

Treatment for PPD

Every time a mom in distress calls me to schedule a new therapy appointment, I am reminded of the courage that this takes. Society just doesn’t set us up for the reality of needing this type of support after having a baby. Women are led to envision romantic moments around breastfeeding, moments cradling a swaddled baby who sleeps peacefully with a light smile on her lips, loving and contented embraces with partners, and sweet jaunts through the park with a baby carriage in which a baby lies peacefully.