Kat Kaeni on Maternal Mental Health

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Coping With Perinatal Anxiety & Depression

Many women struggle emotionally after the birth of a child. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush interviews Kat Kaeni, a psychologist from Claremont, Calif., who specializes in maternal mental health, about postpartum mood disorders and how to get help for the anxiety or depression.  

The line we’re given is that our babies come and then we know what to do. That is just not true.
— Dr. Kat

Show Notes:

When she experienced anxiety, depression and obsessive thoughts after the birth of her first child, Kat Kaeni, Psy.D., assumed motherhood was supposed to be hard. Therapy taught her what was really going on. “If I didn’t know what was happening and I was supposed to be a mental health specialist, then how is anyone else figuring it out?” Today, “Dr. Kat” helps pregnant women and new moms address perinatal mood disorders. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, she talks with host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., about the mood disorders that affect so many women, signs that what you’re experiencing might be serious and what to do about it.

Listen and learn:

  • Subtle signs of perinatal depression you shouldn’t overlook

  • What postpartum anxiety looks like and how it differs from common new mothers’ concerns

  • How perinatal anxiety and depression are different

  • Who is at greatest risk of developing perinatal anxiety or depression

  • Why the timing of perinatal depression might surprise you

  • Why it’s critical to get treatment for perinatal mood disorders as soon as possible

  • How untreated perinatal anxiety and depression affect partner relationships

  • Why some new moms with high anxiety wind up in the emergency room

  • What can happen if anxiety is left untreated

  • The intrusive and obsessive thoughts that new moms don’t talk about and what’s important to know about them

  • How many women experience perinatal mood problems

  • How therapy can help women with pregnancy-related anxiety or depression

  • Why social support is important

Learn More

> Dr. Kat Kaeni’s website

> Mom & Mind podcast

> Postpartum International website

> 2020 Mom website

> Maternal Mental Health website

> Progression Counseling


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