Pregnancy blues

Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist Shoshana Bennett, PhD, shares advice for pregnant women on how to treat pregnancy blues
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Pregnancy blues

There are many normal worries and concerns that might through the woman's mind when she is pregnant. That does not, necessarily, mean that she is depressed. Many, many pregnant go through periods of time where they are not happy and glowing. That's absolutely normal and to be expected. She might be feeling a little bit sick, moody, tearful, or forgetful. That's fine that she is not happy all the time, but if her normal worries and concerns such as gender disappointment, or am I going to love the second baby as much as the first baby? Can I handle all of this? If those normal kinds of worries and concerns start becoming obsessions. If they really start to get in the way of her functioning. If she loses her appetite or if she is not able to sleep at night because of worried thoughts in her head. If it gets in the way, it has crossed the line into a clinical disorder and she should really get help.

Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist Shoshana Bennett, PhD, shares advice for pregnant women on how to treat pregnancy blues


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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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