It’s hard to know how to respond to an unprecedented situation like the Coronavirus pandemic. My job is to help people, especially moms of young kids, manage anxiety. And yet I, a mom of young kids, am now immersed in an incredibly anxiety-producing, upsetting situation, and like everyone else I am struggling with how to cope with this new (hopefully…
Children’s mental health has been in the news this week, as it’s Children’s Mental Health Week in the UK. We pay such close attention to our children’s physical health, but we’re far less vigilant about their mental well-being. Just as we adults can struggle with anxiety, depression, and other issues, so too can kids. But unlike adults, kids might not…
NPR recently featured a story about mood and anxiety issues in perimenopause. I have seen this play out many times with mom patients: women who have a history of depression and/or anxiety see a spike in symptoms during the perimenopausal period. There is often a “perfect storm” of factors at play–at the same time as moms are experiencing physical and…
Over the past week, two terrific articles have been published, both featuring moms sharing their stories of depression and anxiety. One is from the Washington Post On Parenting, the other from Vogue. As a psychologist who specializes in maternal mental health, I am always so appreciative when courageous moms like these tell their stories in major publications. These stories will undoubtedly…
In this terrific personal essay from New York Times Well, Carolyn Ali shares how she shouldered the burden of her husband’s depression on her own. Thanks to the continued stigma around mental illness, people often choose to be silent about their mental health issues, and ask that loved ones remain silent as well. I can’t tell you how many patients of mine are ashamed…
As a psychologist in the suburbs, I often hear from and about moms who could greatly benefit from therapy but avoid it, often because they are ashamed of the stigma attached to seeking psychological treatment. I wrote this piece for PopSugar Moms in an effort to encourage these moms to seek the help they so desperately need. Moms work so…
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