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AUDIO: Mom's Health Matters, With Dr. Shosh - Episode #3

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Yes, and you know, Susan it’s very true what you’re saying. Often therapists, even very good therapists who are good with dealing with depression in general or anxiety in general, even women’s health in general, something falls short when it comes to the perinatal mood disorders. It really is a specialty.

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
It truly is. For example, I’ve had women come in whose symptoms ran more to anxiety than depression, and so they might have been told that they had an anxiety disorder, when really sometimes we know that an agitated depression is more common after delivery, and so the nuances of how a woman’s mood disorder may present can be very varied. Have you found that, Shoshana?

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
Absolutely. With each woman who is experiencing a postpartum depression, she might feel different from the woman right next to her. So that way, everybody needs their own individual plan of action, don’t you think?

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
That’s exactly right.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
Because the puzzle pieces might be slightly different for each woman.

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
That’s right, you cannot make those comparisons, and clinicians need to be very sensitively attuned to those variations on the scene. The good news, however, is as long as we’re talking about treatment, is that these disorders are very easily treated once they are identified. So the sooner that they are identified, the sooner we can proceed with helping mom to feel better again.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
Which helps the entire family.

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
You are listening to "Mom’s Health Matters" with Dr. Shosh. For more information you can go to EmpowHer.com, you can certainly go to my website as well, which is drshosh.com and we have on the air with us Susan Stone who is the President of Postpartum Support International, a lecturer, an author, and she is here helping us understand more about the treatment of this very, very devastating disorder of postpartum depression.

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