Dr. Christina Wichman | Accessing Mental Healthcare For Women | Dec. 16th, 2020 | MD for Moms Radio

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This week on MD for Moms, I interview reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist Dr. Christina Wichman about women’s mental health and various ways to access care. COVID19 has changed how many people receive mental healthcare, at least for the time being. It is imperative that pregnant and postpartum women receive psychiatric treatment if needed, and yet finding care can be challenging for many who do not live near or in a city with a properly trained perinatal psychiatrist. Dr. Wichman saw the need for more knowledgeable providers, and now, as the Medical Director of The Periscope Project, she directly improves patient outcomes by helping and teaching their providers. 

‘Give a (wo)man a fish, and you feed him (her/them) for a day; teach a (wo)man to fish, and you feed him (her/them) for a lifetime. By teaching providers how to effectively and accurately diagnose and treat perinatal psychiatric conditions, Dr. Wichman and the Periscope Project effectively help the current patient and many to come. 

For the time being, virtual visits are the norm rather than the exception. Are these visits as effective as in-person care? Should you feel comfortable seeing a provider who is not a specialist if they are able to access guidance and consultation with experts? Dr. Wichman discusses the various models of care available, as well as the pros and cons of each approach on this week’s fascinating show. 

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Dr. Christina Wichman is a Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed residency in Adult Psychiatry and fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic. Clinically, she created and directs a co-located perinatal psychiatric service and is the Director of Women’s Mental Health at the MCW. She is the Medical Director of The Periscope Project, a real-time provider to perinatal psychiatrist teleconsultation service that serves the State of Wisconsin. Dr. Wichman has published and lectured extensively regionally and nationally, primarily on the topic of perinatal psychiatry.


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