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This week on MD for Moms, I interview reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Cox about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders or PMADs and the importance of seeking and receiving treatment if you’re suffering postpartum. While postpartum depression or PPD is increasingly talked about in mainstream and social media, it remains something too often kept under wraps because of unnecessary fear, shame and guilt. Many too often also mistakenly believe that their symptoms are ‘just part of new motherhood,’ but being a new mom should not be painful, and should not impair a woman’s ability to function.
Based on her groundbreaking research, Dr. Cox explains how and why only about 50% of those suffering are identified as having PPD, and the numbers who receive treatment are even lower, down to only 3-5% who return to their baseline level of functioning. We also discuss ways to identify if you are suffering from a PMAD, why treatment matters now and in the future for you and your baby, and ways to help a loved one why may be suffering, plus much more.
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Dr. Elizabeth Cox, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Women’s Mood Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is Medical Director the UNC Women’s Mood Disorders clinic at Wake Med North in Raleigh, NC and is Residency Education Director for the Women’s Mood Disorders resident-run clinics in Chapel Hill, NC. She has clinical expertise in treating women’s mood and anxiety disorders, as well as other psychiatric disorders, during time periods of hormonal fluctuation (pregnancy, postpartum, menstruation, menopause and infertility). She is also actively involved in academic endeavors at the University and presently participating in the NC MATTERS grant, helping with consultations to PCPs and OBGYNs throughout the state of NC regarding perinatal psychiatric issues, with a particular focus on Wake County.
Education and Training:
Psychiatry residency and Chief Resident, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
B.A., Art History, Vanderbilt University