In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales speak with guest Christine Hammond, a licensed mental health counselor who has also suffered from postpartum depression in two of her three pregnancies. She shares her story of why neither she nor her husband recognize postpartum depression in the first pregnancy, how it appeared rapidly during the second pregnancy, and the fears they both had that it would occur in the third pregnancy. Christine also speaks of the shame carried by and stigma against mothers dealing with it, as well as postpartum depression’s biggest lie.
[3:15] Christine speaks about her two instances of postpartum depression.
[6:40] How postpartum took her by surprise and the shame that came with it.
[8:12] The stigma of postpartum depression is profound.
[10:06] Christine tells of the fear of postpartum depression during her third pregnancy.
[13:55] What postpartum depression was like for Christine’s husband.
[15:28] The biggest lie about postpartum depression.
Listen as Our Guest Talks About Her Postpartum Depression Experiences
“Probably the biggest thing that I struggled with was thinking that it was never gonna end.” ~ Christine Hammond
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About Our Guest
Christine Hammond is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor by the State of Florida and a National Certified Counselor with over fifteen years of experience in counseling, teaching and ministry. She specializes in personality disorders (Narcissism and Borderline), mental health disorders, addictions, ADD, OCD, co-dependency, anxiety, anger, depression, parenting, and marriage. One of the theories she subscribes to is a Family Systems Approach which believes individuals are inseparable from their relationships. This approach is useful when dealing with death of a family member, conflict in a family business, divorce, custody issues, addiction, mental illnesses, and personality disorders. It successfully resolves relational disputes, establishes healthy boundaries, restores order to a chaotic situation, reunifies individuals to families, stops an abusive cycle, minimizes the impact of trauma, and supports recovery from an addiction.
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About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts
Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for PsychCentral.com. He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join. To work with Gabe, please visit his website, gabehoward.com.
Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at www.vincentmwales.com and www.dynamistress.com.