Postpartum Depression Treatment Plans

Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist Dr. Shoshana Bennett, PhD, discusses the different aspects of a treatment plan available to women suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) or other perinatal mood disorders. Why you should consider alternative therapies, talk therapy, and other treatment options for your individualized plan for treating postpartum depression.
Postpartum Depression Treatment Plans
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Sometimes women will recover to 100% just using natural and alternative treatments, such as acupuncture or light therapy or some energy psychology techniques or certain supplements, and that works great. What's important is that she is using whatever works for her. And for each woman who comes to see me and is consulting with my colleagues, each woman needs an individualized plan because certain combinations will work for one woman and maybe not for the next. But sometimes, again the natural treatments are all she needs. She needs a wellness strategy with realistic expectations, also in with emotional support, physical support, sleep, exercise, those should be mixed in as well. No matter what, each woman should be working with a therapist, a talk therapist as well. Ideally one who really focuses on this particular area. But again, each woman is different. She's got a different biochemistry, she's got different preferences, different temperament, personality, wishes. So an individualized plan needs to be put together for her, even with the alternative therapies.

Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist Dr. Shoshana Bennett, PhD, discusses the different aspects of a treatment plan available to women suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) or other perinatal mood disorders. Why you should consider alternative therapies, talk therapy, and other treatment options for your individualized plan for treating postpartum depression.

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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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