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“If This Is So Common, Why Haven’t I Ever Heard of It?”

“If This Is So Common, Why Haven’t I Ever Heard of It?” Jenny Schermerhorn “I think you might have Postpartum Depression” was something a close friend said to me at my first child’s 1-year-old birthday party.  I remember thinking “That’s what bad moms get”.   I blamed myself, and I pushed it aside.  I had no…

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Perinatal OCD Part II

Perinatal OCD Part II Catherine Benfield We’re at a point now where parents are beginning to talk openly about the impact of becoming parents on their mental health. Postnatal depression is often in the media, an awareness of postpartum psychosis is finally starting to build. But what if you start experiencing worries about deliberately harming…

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Featured PSI Member: Elizabeth Gillette, MSW, LCSW

Elizabeth Gillette, MSW, LCSW Heirloom Counseling PSI Volunteer: Coordinator (North Carolina Mountains Region / Asheville area) Certificate from PSI in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care Tell us a little about yourself outside of your work. I live in Asheville, North Carolina with my partner and our fur babies, Maia and Mercutio. I…

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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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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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