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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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What is self-care? Part 1 of a 2-part self-care series

What is self-care? Part 1 of a 2-part self-care series by Maggie Gurman 23 Nov 2018   Self-care? What does it mean…? Any action you take that attends to your basic mental, emotional, and physical needs is considered self-care. Surprisingly, very few women think about, let alone take action on, self-care. A self-care practice asks…

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You’re not Alone

You’re not Alone by M. J. Golias 19 Nov 2018 “You’re not alone.” I say this to myself often. Knowing this, because I do know it now, eases the harshness of my anxiety. Acknowledging my triggers allows me to connect the dots, anticipate my patterns, then move forward. As I write this (November), there have…

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Dear Anxiety

Dear Anxiety by Jen Smith 16 Nov 2018 Dear Anxiety: Remember when you would visit me all the time? Now I need to take a special moment to reach out and say thank you. I love you.  I want to thank you for checking to make sure that my relationship was in good standing—to check in…

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Featured PSI Member: Josh Cohen

PSI Donor and Supporter Josh Cohen Note: There are many types of perinatal mental health disorders, and at times a range of unexpected consequences. This interview makes note of a tragic outcome that was a consequence of one woman’s illness. Please reach out to us if you need support or have any questions about perinatal…

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Featured PSI Member: Mariella Suleiman

Fired Up about PMADs and Taking Action in Jordan by Vanessa Park One of the events at the annual PSI conference that I especially look forward to is the new members reception. This past July in Houston, I met Mariella Suleiman, a vibrant, engaging young woman from Jordan. She had just graduated from medical school…

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Featured PSI Member: Heather Anne Swensen Motta

PSI Volunteer Heather Anne Swensen Motta: Climb Out of the Darkness Brazil Team Leader, Brazil Coordinator Note: There are many types of perinatal mental health disorders, and at times a range of unexpected consequences. This interview makes note of a tragic outcome that was a consequence of one woman’s illness. Please reach out to us…

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