Posts Tagged: Mental Well Being

MD for Moms Radio | Dr. Alberto Escallon | Focus on Your Kid’s Focus | Oct 5th 2016

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Dr. Carly Snyder and Dr. Alberto Escallon discuss how to identify and help a child who may be struggling with focus issues and/or anxiety; children do not always express how they are feeling, so we as parents need to know signs that indicate there may be a problem, and Dr. Escallon is going to review these signs and discuss when to get your child help and what treatment options exist.

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MD for Moms Radio | Dr. Elisabeth Gordon | More Sex | Sept 28th 2016

Photo attribution: Every Wednesday 1pm (ET) on the BBM Global Network and TuneIn Radio. Listen live or to archived shows at any time by clicking the link. This week on MD for Moms, I interview Dr. Elisabeth Gordon about more sex: how to have it more and enjoy it more despite being parents. This is part two of our series on sex and sexuality; who doesn't want to have more sex? Learn more about my guest, Dr. Elisabeth Gordon: Dr. Gordon graduated with a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University where she majored in Behavioral Biology. She subsequently did further research in the neurological basis of behavior at NYU Langone Medical Center, and then obtained her M.D. from NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon completed her Psychiatry Residency at Beth Israel Hospital, where she was first trained in Sexual Medicine. She then completed the Training Program in Human Sexuality at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon has a private practice in Manhattan and is a Clinical Instructor at NYU School of Medicine with the Program in Human Sexuality. In her practice, Dr. Gordon integrates a wide variety of complementary treatment techniques, from traditional western medicine, to a variety of talk therapies and standard sex therapy, to examination of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle habits, as well as holistic, homeopathic and eastern medicine. She tailors each treatment to the individual and their specific problem. You can find her on her website PsychandSexMD.com and can email her at ElisabethGordonmd@gmail.com.">Dr. Carly Snyder and Dr. Elisabeth Gordon explore sex again, this time focusing on how to have more sex and how to enjoy it more after becoming parents. This is key for a happy relationship, so it's not to be missed!

Dr. Carly Snyder and Dr. Elisabeth Gordon explore sex again, this time focusing on how to have more sex and how to enjoy it more after becoming parents. This is key for a happy relationship, so it’s not to be missed!

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MD for Moms Radio | Dr. Elisabeth Gordon | Sex After Having Children | August 10th 2016

Photo attribution: Every Wednesday 1pm (ET) on the BBM Global Network and TuneIn Radio. Listen live or to archived shows at any time by clicking the link. On Wednesday August 10th, 2016, at 1pm, I'll be interviewing Dr. Elisabeth Gordon regarding sex after having children. This will be the first of (at least) two shows focusing on this important topic of sex and sexuality. Learn more about my guest, Dr. Elisabeth Gordon: Dr. Gordon graduated with a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University where she majored in Behavioral Biology. She subsequently did further research in the neurological basis of behavior at NYU Langone Medical Center, and then obtained her M.D. from NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon completed her Psychiatry Residency at Beth Israel Hospital, where she was first trained in Sexual Medicine. She then completed the Training Program in Human Sexuality at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon has a private practice in Manhattan and is a Clinical Instructor at NYU School of Medicine with the Program in Human Sexuality. In her practice, Dr. Gordon integrates a wide variety of complementary treatment techniques, from traditional western medicine, to a variety of talk therapies and standard sex therapy, to examination of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle habits, as well as holistic, homeopathic and eastern medicine. She tailors each treatment to the individual and their specific problem. You can find her on her website PsychandSexMD.com and can email her at ElisabethGordonmd@gmail.com.">Dr. Carly Snyder and Dr. Elisabeth Gordon explore sex after having children - we discuss why having sex regularly remains crucial for the individual and for a marriage, barriers that couples face and ways to begin to overcome these obstacles.

Dr. Carly Snyder and Dr. Elisabeth Gordon explore sex after having children – we discuss why having sex regularly remains crucial for the individual and for a marriage, barriers that couples face and ways to begin to overcome these obstacles.

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MD for Moms Radio | Exploring Postpartum Illness | August 3rd 2016

Photo attribution: Every Wednesday 1pm (ET) on the BBM Global Network and TuneIN Radio. Listen live or to archived shows at any time by clicking the link.

On Wednesday August 3rd, 2016, at 1pm, I'll be interviewing Ann Smith, President of Postpartum Support International (PSI) and Wendy Davis, Executive Director of PSI regarding perinatal mental health and ways to get help if you or a loved one is suffering.

Learn more about my guests, Ann Smith and Wendy Davis: Ann Smith, CNM, is a former PSI Board member, PSI Presidents Advisory Council member, nurse-midwife, PSI Support Coordinator in New York City, PPD survivor, lecturer on perinatal mood disorders to health professionals, a facilitator on PSI Chat with an Expert forum, and led a postpartum depression support group in New York for many years. She has a BA from Briarcliff College, a BSN from Cornell and an MSN from Columbia University. Ann has been a practicing nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner for more than 30 years. She has 3 grown children and lives in New York City. Ann became interested in perinatal mood disorder after suffering severe anxiety and depression after her 2nd and 3rd children before much was known about good treatment. She has been committed to women and families suffering from PMAD ever since. asmith@postpartum.net Wendy Davis, PhD, is the Executive Director for Postpartum Support International (PSI) www.postpartum.net, where she coordinates services, programs, and 300 U.S. and International Support Volunteers. She also has a psychotherapy practice in Portland Oregon, specializing in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum mental health. Wendy started Oregon’s Baby Blues Connection www.babybluesconnection.org in 1994, and now and serves as their clinical advisor.  She chaired Oregon's Maternal Mental Health Workgroup convened by legislation 2009, and the committee that wrote the Oregon Maternal Mental Health Patient and Provider Education Act in 2011. She is a founding member of the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health, and consults to community, clinical, and public health systems. Since her own recovery from postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first child, she has been dedicated to improving public awareness and provider capacity to support pregnant, post-loss, and postpartum families. wdavis@postpartum.net   Find out more about Postpartum Support International">On Wednesday August 3rd, 2016, at 1pm on the BBM Global Network and TuneIn radio, Dr, Carly Snyder will interview Ann Smith, President of Postpartum Support International (PSI) and Wendy Davis, Executive Director of PSI regarding perinatal mental health and ways to get help if you or a loved one is suffering.

On Wednesday August 3rd, 2016, at 1pm on the BBM Global Network and TuneIn radio, Dr, Carly Snyder will interview Ann Smith, President of Postpartum Support International (PSI) and Wendy Davis, Executive Director of PSI regarding perinatal mental health and ways to get help if you or a loved one is suffering.

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MD for Moms Radio | Dr. Daniel Singley | Dads Matter! | July 27th 2016

Photo attribution: Every Wednesday 1pm (ET) on the BBM Global Network and TuneIn radio. Listen live or to archived shows at any time by clicking the link. On Wednesday July 27th, 2016, at 1pm, I'll be interviewing Dr. Daniel Singley regarding a topic not often considered on MD for Moms, but one that is still extremely important: fatherhood! We will review how men can suffer from Postpartum Depression at an alarmingly high rate, yet are often undiagnosed, and the importance of supporting dads along with moms for the good of the family structure. We will also explore how a couple can keep their relationship strong after having children, and the value in doing so. Learn more about my guest, Dr. Daniel Singley: Dr. Singley is a San Diego-based board certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health with a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood. He is Past President of the American Psychological Association’s Section on Positive Psychology and currently serves on the Board of the APA’s Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity as well as Postpartum Support International. He conducts trainings and presentations around the country to assist individuals and organizations to enhance their level of father inclusiveness and founded the grant-funded Basic Training for New Dads, Inc nonprofit in order to give new fathers the tools they need to be highly engaged with their infants as well as their partners. In his free time, Dr. Singley likes to cook, surf, read, and take his two sons on hikes to get muddy and throw rocks at things.   Find out more about Dr. Danny Singley: http://www.menexcel.com/ Follow him @MenExcel and www.facebook.com/MenExcel/">MD for Moms will change focus on July 27th to consider dads with expert Dr. Daniel Singley. Dr. Carly Snyder will talk with Dr. Singley regarding fatherhood, how men can suffer from Postpartum Depression and ways that parents can support each others mental health and their marriage during the major life transition of new parenthood.

MD for Moms will change focus on July 27th to consider dads with expert Dr. Daniel Singley. Dr. Carly Snyder will talk with Dr. Singley regarding fatherhood, how men can suffer from Postpartum Depression and ways that parents can support each others mental health and their marriage during the major life transition of new parenthood.

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The Invisible Postpartum Mood Disorder

Photo attribution: postpartum bipolar disorder, the mood disorder I was diagnosed with, is virtually unheard of. Postpartum bipolar is also known as bipolar, peripartum onset, and it’s arguably the least known of the six postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. It might seem unimportant to publicize an obscure mood disorder, but every mom’s postpartum experience counts. Many medical professionals are unaware that postpartum bipolar exists. Some postpartum and bipolar organizations are unfamiliar with postpartum bipolar or they’re unclear about its definition. When I was pregnant, my obstetrician didn’t question me about my mental health or my family’s mental health history. My father had bipolar disorder, but before and during my pregnancy I didn’t show any signs of mental illness.
When I went into labor, my life changed overnight.
We went to the hospital and I stayed up all night in pain. When my daughter Marilla was born the next day, I became hypomanic. I was exuberant and talkative (both signs of hypomania), but I appeared relatively normal. My baby attracted most of the attention, and no one noticed that I was in trouble. Exhausted, I sensed something was off, but I kept my fearful feelings inside. Within forty-eight hours I had hypergraphia, a rare condition in which one compulsively writes. I wrote at every opportunity, even during breastfeeding, when I should’ve been resting and focusing on my baby. I could barely sleep as my mania escalated, and poor Marilla didn’t gain enough weight because I didn’t breastfeed her sufficiently. A month postpartum, I knew I was manic; after all, I had witnessed mania in my Dad. I frantically searched the internet about postpartum mania, but my search only yielded postpartum psychosis statistics. During Marilla’s six-week checkup, her observant pediatrician heard my racing voice and pressurized speech (symptoms of bipolar) and blurted out “Dyane, I think you’re manic!”
I burst into tears. While I felt ashamed, I was relieved that he realized what was happening. It was clear I needed hospitalization, but leaving my newborn was agonizing. I admitted myself into a hospital’s psychiatric unit where I was diagnosed with postpartum bipolar disorder.
After years of hospitalizations, medication trials, and electroconvulsive (ECT) therapy, I’m stable and doing well. While bipolar disorder ravages many relationships, my husband and I have stayed together, in part, thanks to the guidance of counselors and psychiatrists. Life will always be a challenge, but my two daughters inspire me to take care of myself. While chances of postpartum bipolar are low, it can affect any mother. Obstetrician and Perinatal Mental Health Lead Dr. Raja Gangopadhyay of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, UK, explains,
“The risk of developing new-onset severe mental illness is higher in early post-childbirth period than any other time in women’s life. Family history, pre-existing mental health conditions, traumatic birth experience and sleep deprivation could be potential risk factors. Bipolar illness can present for the first time during this period. Accurate diagnosis is the key to the recovery.”
Confusion abounds regarding postpartum bipolar and postpartum psychosis. While the two conditions can present together, postpartum bipolar isn’t always accompanied by postpartum psychosis. Perinatal psychologist Shoshana Bennett Ph.D., co-author of the bestselling classic Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety says,
“Many women I’ve worked with had been previously misdiagnosed with postpartum depression. I always make a point of discussing this during my presentations. In addition, postpartum bipolar disorder deserves its own category separate from postpartum psychosis.”
Mental health screening during pregnancy would be of immense value to every mom. Women with a family history of bipolar disorder could be observed postpartum, and if symptoms manifested they’d be treated immediately. It’s imperative that doctors and other caregivers assess women not only for postpartum depression but also bipolar symptoms. Everyone who lives with a stigmatized illness deserves a chance to find support and empathy from others who understand her experience. Through connecting with those who can relate to our mood disorder, we may not find a magic cure, but virtual support can be profoundly helpful. Postpartum Support International recently created online support groups in English and Spanish led by trained facilitators, while the Postpartum Progress website offers moms a private forum to interact with one another. I’ve never personally met another mom who has postpartum bipolar and I yearn to do so. If you or someone you know is or might be suffering with postpartum bipolar disorder please reach out — I’d love to hear from you!   [caption id="attachment_1009" align="alignleft" width="300"]My daughters Avonlea, Marilla and husband Craig stood by me through the roughest times. My daughters Avonlea, Marilla and husband Craig stood by me through the roughest times.[/caption] Dyane’s bio: Dyane Leshin-Harwood holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz. A freelance writer for over two decades, she has interviewed luminaries including Madeleine L'Engle, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison and SARK. Dyane was diagnosed with postpartum bipolar disorder (bipolar, peripartum onset) in 2007. Dyane was selected as an International Bipolar Foundation Story of Hope and Recovery, and a PsychCentral Mental Health Hero. She’s raising her daughters Avonlea and Marilla with her husband Craig and serves as women’s postpartum mental health advocate. Dyane founded the Santa Cruz, California chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and facilitates free support groups for moms with mood disorders. She’s a member of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders and Postpartum Support International. Dyane’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder will be published by Post Hill Press in 2017. Dyane is a Huffington Post blogger. Visit Dyane’s blog Birth of a New Brain  and find her on Twitter: @birthofnewbrain
Thank you, Dyane, for sharing your amazing story and using your experience to help countless women. You are awesome!
">Dyane Leshin-Harwood shares her incredible story of suffering from postpartum bipolar disorder, detailing her progression into hypomania and then mania after the birth of her daughter, and her return back to health in order to educate on the importance of awareness, identification and treatment of this rare but serious postpartum illness.

Dyane Leshin-Harwood shares her incredible story of suffering from postpartum bipolar disorder, detailing her progression into hypomania and then mania after the birth of her daughter, and her return back to health in order to educate on the importance of awareness, identification and treatment of this rare but serious postpartum illness.

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