In today’s episode of The Gentle Parenting Show, Kim sits down with her longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Shoshana Bennett. Dr. Shosh, a clinical psychologist, is an expert on prenatal and postpartum depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. She is the author of the best-selling book “Postpartum Depression for Dummies.” Kim and Dr. Shosh discuss the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression with things to ask yourself and symptoms to look for. They cover:
Differences Between Postpartum Depression and Baby Blues Questions to Ask Yourself with Postpartum Depression Can Fathers or Adoptive Parents Experience Postpartum Depression? Shame Around Postpartum Depression and Mental Health What to Do if You Have Postpartum Depression Critical Components of Postpartum Care Sleep and Healing and Preventing Postpartum Depression
Our favorite quotes from this episode are “(postpartum depression) is not a character weakness, this is not a flaw of some kind, and it’s not anybody’s fault. We are so quick to blame ourselves and it’s not fair.” and “taking care of yourself isn’t just a nice thing to do for your kids, it’s essential to their well-being for you to be ok. The most responsible thing you can possibly do is get help.”
Connect and Work with Dr. Shosh
Dr. Shosh is able to see patients virtually. To connect or work with her, visit her website where she has resources and consultation options for dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety.