Mental Health and a Plug-In Society
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Many postpartum issues do not get specialized attention unless a celebrity happens to be experiencing one. But mental health is just as important as physical health for new moms. Dr. Sarah Randall is here to share what you can do to better take care of yourself, and by extension your baby. We also talk with best-selling author Marianne Williamson about our over-medicated society, and how to help your family step away from the electronics, if only for a day.
Segment 1: Mental Well-Being Postpartum
Segment 2: Postpartum OCD
Segment 3: Postpartum PTSD
Segment 4: Over-medicated Society
Segment 5: Unplugged but Still Connected
Segment 6: Me Time
Mental Well-Being Postpartum | SEGMENT 1 | #136
Today, we’re going back to the beginning to talk about pregnancy. Specifically, we will be exploring postpartum mental health issues that can arise almost out of the blue. Dr. Sarah Randall (@CalabasasBH), a Psychologist specializing in Peripartum Mental Health, has a mission to bring to light many conditions that are often downplayed and ignored.
Postpartum OCD | SEGMENT 2 | #136
Four percent of new moms will be affected by Postpartum OCD. This usually manifests in the form of obsessive, unwanted thoughts about harm coming to your baby, either intentionally or as the result of an accident. This leads to compulsive behavior that attempts to prevent any these thoughts from becoming a reality. Listen in to hear what you can do to if you find yourself struggling with similar fears.
Postpartum PTSD | SEGMENT 3 | #136
We usually associate PTSD with the military or abusive situations. But what most moms don’t realize is that a traumatic event such a complication during the birth process, or a major deviation from their birthing plan can trigger Postpartum PTSD.
Over-medicated Society | SEGMENT 4 | #136
We’re seeking advice from a best-selling author, legend, and one of Bettina’s personal heroes. Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) has written several books, each regarding whatever she felt passionate about at the time. Her most recent book, “Tears to Triumph,” deals with navigating sadness and pain during a time in history when it seems like everyone is on some form of medication to help them cope with life.
Unplugged but Still Connected | SEGMENT 5 | #136
The world certainly has changed. Prior to the 1980’s, pharmaceutical companies were not allowed to advertise medication on television. Today, these ads are everywhere, including on kid’s channels. Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) advises us on what we can do to get our families unplugged and away from harmful messages and marketing.
Me Time | SEGMENT 6 | #136
The last topic Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) would like to touch on is the prevailing concept that we have to be available and connected to our work lives 24/7. For working mothers, it can be particularly difficult to transition from career mode to family mode. Marianne suggests 30 minutes of a relaxing activity to allow yourself to gently switch back into mother mode – time to break out the bubble bath!