The Postpartum Stress Center

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Premier treatment and professional training center for prenatal and postpartum depression & anxiety. Since 1988.

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There are good healthcare providers. There are great healthcare providers. And there are healthcare providers who need better information. And a better bedside manner. . "It is understandable that you may be reluctant to tell your healthcare providers how you really feel. You may wonder if they will overreact to your scary thoughts. You might be terrified you are going crazy and worry they will think they are unfit to be a mother. And call the cops. Or contact Child Protective Services. While there are providers who are misinformed, knowledge and awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders is becoming more and more widespread. You have every reason and right to expect responsible, informed care." . . #speakthesecret #goodmomshavescarythoughts #preordernow #amazon #booklaunchmarch2019 @familiustalk @brooklyn_rabbit

How much do we love Birdie @birdling71 the queen of postpartum support international (psi) @postpartumhelp training program? Pictured here with our very own Hilary Waller @wallergangfamily81 who attended their advanced training this past weekend in NJ. . Hilary makes our PPSC training such a special experience for all of us. Could not do what I do without her. ❤️ . . It’s so exciting to see so many passionate therapists invest in this amazing and very specialized work. 👉👉Check out for details. ⭐️⭐️

@nytimes #kristenwong #stressgap . “After I became a first-time mother, I quickly realized between work and family, I was so busy caring for other people and work that I felt like I’d lost myself,” she said. “I’d put my own physical and mental needs on the back burner.” The concept of self-care is often confused with overindulging or treating yourself, but at its core, self-care is much simpler than that. “The basics of adequate sleep, healthy diet and exercise are a good place to start,” Dr. Joyce said. “Support from trusted relationships is vital, including professional support from various health and wellness providers if stress is becoming increasingly overwhelming.” 👉👉 -- KAREN KLEIMAN MSW, Founder & Director, Au

Thinking about another baby after postpartum depression and anxiety? Lots to think about! You already have way more information that you think you do. Have you read WHAT AM I THINKING? Having another baby after postpartum depression? . It will help. It will be okay ❤️. . . #beprepared #beinformed #whatamithinking #amazon #karenkleiman

The list below of our 10 recommendations for de-stressing around the holidays are not new, but they are worth repeating. They are also not as easy as they may appear at first glance. 👉Read these tips. Follow them. Especially if you are not feeling good. They are important. . . ⭐️1. Say NO.. ⭐️2. Rest. . ⭐️3. Delegate. . 🌟4. Accept help. . 🌟5. Breathe. . 🌟6. Laugh. . ⭐️7. Don't eat too much. ⭐️8. Don't drink too much. . ⭐️9. Don't expect too much. . ⭐️10.Practice self-compassion . @psych_today #holidaytips #destress #selfcare #reducesymptoms #protectyourself

#repost @themomculture with @get_repost ・・・ This is a #repost from @thefortintrio ❤️ @theperfectmom I’ve been a Mom for almost 3 years now. During those 3 years I have been on and off anxiety meds. The journey has not been the easiest, but I have learned about who I am as a Mom and become so much stronger because of the journey. 🌿 When I was 3 months postpartum I finally saw my Doctor to get some help for the major baby blues and extreme exhaustion I was feeling. I was struggling at this Mom gig. I have never struggled with anxiety or depression until I became a Mom of triplets. The lack of sleep was tortuous and my anxious heart was crippling me. I was fearful of everything and my heart was smothered in “what if’s?” 🌿 When I saw my Doctor, she told me I was actually high risk for PPD because of my infertility, multiples pregnancy, and traumatic birth. I certainly was not prepared for the struggles that came. And I kind of wish I was more aware about the risk factors and the possibilities of PPD or Anxiety prior to having kids. I had this non existent idea of Motherhood. I thought it was going to make the happiest I have ever been. And don’t get me wrong, it certainly has. It’s the most rewarding journey. However, Motherhood is not easy. I have also struggled more to love myself and find self worth and confidence which has always come so natural to me. 🌿 When I stopped breastfeeding I went on Lexapro daily and Xanax for my panic attacks. And I have been on them both and off since my kids were 3 months old. 🌿 Being on anxiety meds does not make me a failure. It doesn’t mean I am not good enough or undeserving. It means I am doing what I need to to be the best I can be for my kids, my family. 🌿 Our mental health journeys are all personal, heart breaking, and usually very difficult. Yet what I have seen more than anything birthed from my mental health journey is strength. I am strong and I’m fighting anxiety daily. I am learning more about myself and my needs as a Mom. A new found confidence has been placed in my heart. I am brave. And I am not alone. I am doing what I need to do to help me walk through this season of Motherhood.

When all seems lost, when you are weary, when you wonder why you have to fight like this, REMEMBER you are stronger than you think. You do not have to work so hard all by yourself. Take the hand of those who love you. They will steady you. . . #speakthesecret #askforhelp #standsteady photo credit: Maryia Bahutskaya

A shout out to all perinatal therapists who follow this account - we are strong believers that specialized training is essential for the treatment of PMADs. We know you agree with this. Postpartum Support International (PSI) @postpartumhelp is now certifying therapists who complete their comprehensive training and exam. Our premier training @postpartumstress fulfills the advanced portion toward certification. Thank you @birdling71 and @wendyndvs . Our December class is closed. There are a couple openings in the March class. It is a small group training so the classes close quickly. Classes are instructed by Karen Kleiman and Hilary Waller. Check details on our website at . . 👉👉 If any therapists on this account want to endorse this training in the comments - we can continue to reach and train more and more therapists across the country and world and support the perinatal experts in this awesome field of work. 👉👉 and moms following this account - if you have an amazing therapist who is interested in additional training please pass this info to him or her 🌟 . . Email with any questions. #trainingmatters #holding #theartofholding #pmads #ppscexpertclinicians #karenkleiman #hilarywaller

"'Of course, that doesn’t mean that it might not be really scary or uncomfortable to have these thoughts, and many parents are afraid to share them with anyone, says Karen Kleiman, LCSW, founder of the Postpartum Stress Center in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, because 'they think they’re going mad, and that if they tell anybody they are going to have their baby taken away.'” Thank you @strongasamotherbook ❤️❤️❤️ #katerope #scarythoughts #intrusivethoughts #goodmomshavescarythoughts #jonabramowitz #karenkleiman #margarethoward #speakthesecret @jonabramowitz

A mothers anxiety. Common and challenging. It is a normal response to the responsibility of caring for a baby. It can also be excruciating. . . Amy and I just signed our contract for the updated edition of DROPPING THE BABY AND OTHER SCARY THOUGHTS. Current edition offers tons of information to help you understand. Do not suffer longer than you already have. Find support. . . #droppingthebaby #scarythoughts #intrusivethoughts #anxiety #pmads #speakthesecret #amywenzel #karenkleiman @routledgebooks

Thank you to every man and every woman who serve and protect us. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻#veteransday #neverforget

#repost @psnafrica with @get_repost ・・・ Thank you Michelle for being so brave. We need to talk about these things. Thrilled that we’ll be having moms share their experiences with perinatal loss at our upcoming conference. We must begin to provide support for women who deal with this traumatic experience. #heal #maternalmentalhealth Repost from @bellanaijaonline using @RepostRegramApp - #michelleobama has just revealed that she had a miscarriage prior to conceiving her 2 daughters via IVF. It’s a new season of openness and sharing hidden struggles and we are so proud of the women and men around the world opening up about formerly taboo topics. In the interview with #robinroberts which aired today, former First Lady Michelle opened up about this for the first time. 'I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,' she said. 'We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken...That’s one of the reasons why I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.' Her memoir #becoming is out soon.

Scary thoughts are common during the postpartum period. However, thoughts of suicide must always be taken seriously. If you are worried about how you feel or the thoughts you are having, find a healthcare provider you feel safe with and let them know. #speakthesecret #askforhelp #askagain

First peek INSIDE the book! Still a bit early but you can pre-order now on Amazon. We seriously want to get this into the hands of EVERY new mom 👏🤲🤝🤜💪so she can better understand what she is feeling and thinking and know what to do if she continues to worry about how she feels. We want every single new mom to have access to the information she needs. Unfortunately she cannot always presume she will get accurate or reliable information when she needs it. And if intervention is needed, the stakes are raised substantially. We want postpartum women to STOP FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS of the medical community. And we all know that information is power. #empowermoms #beinformed #askforhelp @familiustalk @brooklyn_rabbit #speakthesecret 👉speak yours here 👉 Https://

If you can’t read this because you have old eyes 👀 like I do - go to our Facebook page or twitter to view this infographic. If you CAN read this print, that’s quite impressive. 🤗#speakthesecret

With the new book in production, I just want to take a moment on behalf of our #speakthesecret campaign, to send out hugs of gratitude to all moms who have supported this IG account. 🤗 A special shout out to those who have bravely shared their scary thoughts on our website or who have privately DM'd us. We know how painful this can be. ❤️ The Postpartum Stress Center has been in operation since 1988 (yikes!) and we feel so proud and privileged to be trusted by so many women who seek our support and guidance. And to the therapists who follow this account - we are deeply grateful for your commitment to this work and your passion to continue to serve this precious population with grace and competence. A heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you. 🙏🏻🌹🌷🌹🌷🌹🌷🌹🌷 . . #goodmomshavescarythoughts @familiustalk #speakthesecret 👉speak yours here 👉 Https://

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HERE IT IS !! Thank you @buzzfeed and Mike Spohr @thenewbornidentity for the first peek at the book🤫 (pre-order available on Amazon) . Buzzfeed did a great job highlighting our #speakthesecret campaign. @brooklyn_rabbit @familiustalk . . . “If you're a parent online, there's a good chance you've seen this viral comic illustrating the intrusive thoughts many new moms have that largely go unsaid. The harrowing comic — by maternal mental health expert Karen Kleiman and illustrator Molly McIntyre — was born out of the Postpartum Stress Center's #speakthesecret campaign, which began with the creation of an online forum that allowed mothers to anonymously post their scary, negative thoughts. The response to the forum was so strong that Kleiman and McIntyre teamed up to make not only the viral comic, but a collection of incredible comics that shine a light on the hidden pain of postpartum women — and hopefully help moms feel less alone. Kleiman says, ‘No one talks about the negative thoughts new mothers have after they have a baby. Not healthcare providers. Not mothers. Not family members.’ The comics do an incredible job of depicting the loneliness that can come with being a new mother... And highly relatable moments of postpartum anxiety. The collection of comics will be featured in Kleiman's upcoming book Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts. The book will also include expert, lighthearted yet serious guidance that will help new moms and those who love them get through this difficult period. . . 👉link to full article in bio 👉