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Understanding Perinatal OCD Part I

Understanding Perinatal OCD Part I Catherine Benfield In order to recognize Perinatal OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), it’s important to understand the way OCD works and that can sometimes be easier said than done. When people ask me what OCD is, my first instinct is to ask them to pull up a chair so I can…

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PSI Focuses on Raising Awareness of Maternal Mental Health

Events Include Maternal Mental Health Day, PSI 32nd Annual Conference and  Climb out of the Darkness PORTLAND, OR. — Postpartum Support International (PSI), the leading organization dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood disorders, is raising awareness of maternal mental health (MMH) by focusing on global awareness, education, and local fundraising.  PSI will kick-off…

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For Partners: How to Show Up Well in the Postpartum Period

For Partners: How to Show Up Well in the Postpartum Period Elizabeth Gillette Let’s be real: the postpartum time is incredibly exciting for many families and it’s also a time when partners can feel frazzled, disoriented, and overwhelmed. As a therapist who supports many couples during this time period, I see the latter more than…

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Interview with PSI trained PostPartum Specialist Natalie Telyatnikov

A mom, whom I’ve never met personally, created a private Facebook group of local area moms who have or are suffering from PostPartum disorders. Many moms had opened up asking for help on a larger Facebook group, so to keep things more private and personal, an offshoot was created. Moms post how they feel, often…

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Featured PSI Member: Stephanie Greunke, MS, RD, PMH-C, CPT

Featured PSI Member: Stephanie Greunke, MS, RD, PMH-C, CPT Program Manager, Whole Mamas Club Co-creator, Whole30 Healthy Mama, Happy Baby Co-host, Whole Mamas Podcast   Tell us a little about yourself outside of your work. I am a mom of two boys (a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old) and am currently living in San Diego, California….

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FDA Approval of First Treatment Indicated for PPD

Postpartum Support International Statement on FDA Approval of First Treatment Indicated for Postpartum Depression March 25, 2019 On March 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Brexanolone the first treatment indicated specifically for postpartum depression. “As the leading organization serving on the front lines advocating for women and families, Postpartum Support International (PSI) supports…

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Featured PSI Members: Dr. Melinda Thiam and Dr. David Hodson

Featured PSI Member: Dr. Melinda Thiam and Dr. David Hodson Dr. David Hodson (left): Department of Behavioral Health, Fort Jackson and Camp Ederle (Vicenza, Italy) and Dr. Melinda Thiam (right): PSI Support Coordinator for military families; Staff Psychiatrist, Lexington County Community Mental Health Center; Psychiatrist, Future Psych Solutions, Columbia, South Carolina   Tell us about your path and…

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Featured PSI Member: Sharon Dekel, PhD

Featured PSI Member: Sharon Dekel, PhD PSI’s 2018 Susan A Hickman Memorial Awardee Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School Tell us a little about yourself outside of your work I live in Cambridge with my husband Peter and our three daughters: ten year old Anna and seven year old twins Sophie and Daniela. I…

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Before and After

Before and After by Ann Smith, PSI Board President PSI BLOG December 27, 2018 33 years ago, the landscape for moms with postpartum mental illness was pretty barren. Even for me, a certified nurse midwife who lived in New York City—a city where people have access to highly specialized quality care—nobody knew anything. I felt alone…

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Creating a Self-Care Plan: Part 2 of a 2 Self-Care series

Creating a Self-Care Plan: Part 2 of a 2 Self-Care series by Maggie Gurman   Having a self-care mentality: How to Think about It The way we think about our needs can often get in the way of taking the first step. It’s not all or nothing You are not asking for 10 hours of…

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