Who to listen to when it comes to postpartum depression

Condense the information you receive from doctors, psychiatrists, and friends into trustworthy advice that you can use. Learn how to do this from expert Shoshana Bennett, PhD.
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Who to listen to when it comes to postpartum depression

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It's so confusing for women who are trying to do the best thing for their babies, to decide what to take or what not to take, when they do not agree. The OB is saying, "Yes, it's fine to take the medication," but the pediatrician disagrees. Or the psychiatrist says, "Yes, it's okay," and the general practitioner is saying it's not. It can be very, very confusing. The key here is to listen to the doctor who has the clinical expertise. The doctor that has really been working with women around this issue. If you are working with a wonderful doctor, but that doctor needs to look in the PDR to see what's okay and not okay; you're working with the wrong person. He may be a great doctor, but he's not the right doctor to work with on this particular issue that you are having right now. If you can find a psychiatrist who has that expertise and specializes in this are, that might be your best choice. Psychiatrist are taught how to dose, how to monitor, so you are not just handed a prescription and sent on your way.

Condense the information you receive from doctors, psychiatrists, and friends into trustworthy advice that you can use. Learn how to do this from expert Shoshana Bennett, PhD.

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Shoshana Bennett, PhD

Clinical Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist

Shoshana Bennett, PhD (“Dr. Shosh”) from the popular DrShosh.com Radio Show is the author of Pregnant on Prozac, Postpartum Depression For Dummies, and co-author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety.  She is also the creator of the new mobile app PPD Gone.  National TV shows including  20/20, Discovery Channel, The Doctors and The Ricki Lake Show feature Dr. Shosh as the pregnancy and postpartum mood expert and news stations such as CNN consult her. Several publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News have written articles on Dr. Shosh’s work.  She’s interviewed regularly on national radio and has been quoted in dozens of newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Boston Globe, Fit Pregnancy, Glamour, Parenting, Psychology Today, New York Post, Self, Cosmopolitan, and the Chicago Tribune. 

Dr. Shosh is a pioneer in the field.  She is a survivor of two life-threatening postpartum depressions. She founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987, and is a former president of Postpartum Support International. Dr. Shosh helped develop the official Postpartum Support International training curriculum for professionals which is now considered the gold standard in the field. She has helped over 19,000 women worldwide through individual consultations, support groups and wellness seminars.  As a noted guest lecturer and keynote speaker, she travels throughout the US and abroad, training medical and mental health professionals to assess and treat postpartum depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. She earned three teaching credentials, two masters degrees, a PhD and is licensed as a clinical psychologist.

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