In this episode of the Birthful podcast, we focus on postpartum depression. As many as 1 in 5 birthing parents will become clinically depressed after having a baby. That’s a huge number, and unfortunately it seems to be on the rise. I talk with Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett about why postpartum depression happens, what it looks like, and what can be done about it.
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What we talked about:
- Why is there so much postpartum depression?
- Finding support groups that really support
- Online support for postpartum depression
- Risk factors
- Getting rid of the “super mom” trap
- Newer treatments for postpartum depression
- Key symptoms to watch out for
- The benefits of talking
- What do omega-3 fatty acids have to do with postpartum depression?
- It turns out that exercise can be as effective as a pill
- Rewiring your brain: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
- Ways to help prevent PPD in the first place
- Postpartum Support International has a great many resources and useful links
- Postpartum Progress website
- The Online PPD Support Group website
- Postpartum Dads website
- 8 Types of Psychotherapy for Postpartum Depression Treatment article
- Feeling good: The New Mood Therapy and Ten Days to Self-Esteem by David Burns
- Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale: self assessment tool
- The Patient Health Questionnaire
- Lara Audelo on breastfeeding during the digital age
- About Salle Webber
- When a New Mother is Depressed, article by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
- U.S. Pharmacopeia website
- The California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative (soon to be 2020 Mom) is a non-profit doing great things to address the current lack of diagnosis and treatment.
More about Kathleen Kendall-Tackett:
- Google Scholar link to Kathy’s articles
About Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA
Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women’s-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology. Her research interests include the psychoneuroimmunology of maternal depression and the lifetime health effects of trauma. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 370 articles or chapters and is the author or editor of 24 books on maternal depression, family violence, and breastfeeding. Her most recent books include: Psychology of Trauma 101 (2015) and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014).
You can contact Kathleen through any of her websites (UppityScienceChick.com, BreastfeedingMadeSimple.com, KathleenKendall-Tackett.com, PraeclarusPress.com) or follow the conversation on her Facebook pages: facebook.com/kathleen.kendalltackett and facebook.com/PraeclarusPress
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