Pregnancy and mental health

Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist Shoshana Bennett, PhD, explains the 6 most common mood disorders that can occur during pregnancy or postpartum
Mood Disorders That Can Occur During Pregnancy
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Pregnancy and mental health

There are six identified mood disorders that can occur during pregnancy or postpartum. One is depression. That is the one we talk the most about, it's the most common, with 15 to 20 percent of pregnant women getting this disorder. There is panic disorder. There is post traumatic stress disorder. There is OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder. There is psychosis. Any of these can happen. I was a smorgasboard of all of these things. Absolutely a mess, postpartum. The great news is that these are considered to be acute episodes and they are treatable. They are not considered to be chronic when treated postpartum. We go for 100 percent treatment.

Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist Shoshana Bennett, PhD, explains the 6 most common mood disorders that can occur during pregnancy or postpartum


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Shoshana Bennett, PhD

Clinical Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist

Shoshana Bennett, PhD (“Dr. Shosh”) from the popular Radio Show is the author of Pregnant on Prozac, Postpartum Depression For Dummies, and co-author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety.  She is also the creator of the new mobile app PPD Gone.  National TV shows including  20/20, Discovery Channel, The Doctors and The Ricki Lake Show feature Dr. Shosh as the pregnancy and postpartum mood expert and news stations such as CNN consult her. Several publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News have written articles on Dr. Shosh’s work.  She’s interviewed regularly on national radio and has been quoted in dozens of newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Boston Globe, Fit Pregnancy, Glamour, Parenting, Psychology Today, New York Post, Self, Cosmopolitan, and the Chicago Tribune. 

Dr. Shosh is a pioneer in the field.  She is a survivor of two life-threatening postpartum depressions. She founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987, and is a former president of Postpartum Support International. Dr. Shosh helped develop the official Postpartum Support International training curriculum for professionals which is now considered the gold standard in the field. She has helped over 19,000 women worldwide through individual consultations, support groups and wellness seminars.  As a noted guest lecturer and keynote speaker, she travels throughout the US and abroad, training medical and mental health professionals to assess and treat postpartum depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. She earned three teaching credentials, two masters degrees, a PhD and is licensed as a clinical psychologist.

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