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

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You’re not a bad mom, you’re a mom struggling with a disorder, and I believe as I know you do, Shoshana, in the medical model, just because we’re talking about mental health, all the same things apply. There are symptoms and there are treatments and when the treatments match the symptoms, relief can come fairly readily for most women.

So we’ve talked about therapy. If the therapy isn’t helpful, and I use cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy and DBT, these are all forms of therapy that help moms learn new skills.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
And DBT stands for, I am sorry Susan, could you let our listeners know what DBT stands for again?

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
Sure. Dialectical Behavior Therapy. These are all skills-based cognitive behavior therapy that help mom with skills. Say for example, there is an intrusive mother-in-law who is calling every 5 minutes, or you try to encourage your partner to help you more with job responsibilities, but you’re not used to being that assertive, you’re not used to laying down boundaries.

These can exacerbate a depression, if you have other psychosocial stresses in your life. So learning skills of how to manage these interpersonal relationships. How do you want to mother? You’re the one that’s in control here; you make the decisions about how to parent your child and when you want to eat and sleep, and empowering women again who are experiencing not only a major medical illness but are also entrusted with caring for newborn infants.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:
Absolutely, you got the infant on top of that. It’s not like every, oh the world stops, and you can just focus on your issues. I mean, there is a little person to take care of.

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:
There’s really no other time in our life when all of these factors collide at the same time. It’s quite a convergence of stressors. We wouldn’t ask someone who has just had their appendix out to care for a two-week old baby, would we?

Dr. Shoshana Bennett:

Dr. Susan Dowd Stone:

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