mental health, mental illness, New baby, perinatal, pregnancy

What Peripartum Depression feels like

Ever wondered what it is like to have a new baby and develop depression?  Ever wondered how someone could have this beautiful little baby and feel so bad at the same time?  Ever been depressed and struggled to explain it to the people around you?  This video is a quite incredible representation of the workings… Continue reading What Peripartum Depression feels like

fertility, pregnancy, Uncategorized

Hello Christchurch!

  I just got back from an awesome weekend in Christchurch presenting at the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference. My paper, “Extraordinary Claims Demand Extraordinary Evidence” A Systematic Review of the outcome of Psychological Interventions during Assisted Reproduction Treatment gave me a chance to really explore what the last 10 years of research demonstrates actually… Continue reading Hello Christchurch!

fertility, mental health, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Transition to Parenthood

Helping new mums and dads negotiate the complex pathway into parenthood is one of the best things about my work.  So, I was really excited to discover this recent interview on the ABC RN program exploring the topic.  Here is the link so you can listen to the entire program https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/perinatal-mental-health/10478792 Making the transition into… Continue reading Transition to Parenthood

mental health, mental illness, Parenting, Relationships

Loving a person with BPD

I frequently find myself working with people who feels bewildered by the behaviour of their partner/daughter/mother/brother/friend.  When I dig a little deeper, although I am clearly not in a position to diagnose someone who is not in the room, it starts to become clear that the absent loved one has features of personality disorder.  Quite… Continue reading Loving a person with BPD

Female empowerment, health, mental health, mental illness, Parenting, Relationships

Whoa, slow down – what are we all doing to ourselves????

A lovely reader of this page just sent this article from last weekend's Weekend Australia through to me and it is SO GOOD.  For those of you who have kids and are also working (or maybe studying, or trying to start your own business, or helping out at your kid's school, or taking care of… Continue reading Whoa, slow down – what are we all doing to ourselves????

Birth trauma, Female empowerment, fertility, health, LGBTI Parenting, mental health, miscarriage, New baby, perinatal, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, Pregnancy Termination, Rainbow Families, Sexual assault

Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care

With such a huge number of people living with a history of rape or sexual assault, it is astonishing that many services remain somewhat insensitive to the additional needs of these patient's obstetric or gynaecological care.  Unfortunately, for many people undertaking routine sexual health checks, attending fertility clinics, having their antennal reviews or delivering their… Continue reading Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care

fertility, mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

What Happened to Me? Is “Baby Brain” really a thing?

If you have had children, you are likely to feel like almost has everything changed in your life when you became a parent - the way you think, your sleep patterns, your relationship with partner and family, your social situation, your economic capacity, your body (oh goodness, how that changes, especially during pregnancy!!), your house/car,… Continue reading What Happened to Me? Is “Baby Brain” really a thing?

health, mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

PND -“In a few short weeks, I went mad”

I am doing heaps of research at the moment so I keep finding amazing articles to share.  This one from the SMH is a few years old, but is a truely brilliant piece of writing about a personal experience of becoming unwell in the context of having a new baby.  Miki Perkins has written an… Continue reading PND -“In a few short weeks, I went mad”

health

Can we really change our brains?

There is a lot of talk currently about neuroplasticity - the idea that we can rewire our brain.  But what does this really mean?  How does it happen?  Why is it important? An important part of the work of a psychologist is helping people to change behaviour, to learn new ways of thinking and behaving,… Continue reading Can we really change our brains?

fertility, health, mental health, mental illness, miscarriage, perinatal, pregnancy

Eating Disorders in the Peripartum

What a great session today, presenting on the relationship between eating disorders and infertility.  I was humbled to present alongside some amazing speakers: Assoc Professor Warren Ward, Dr Susan Roberts and Dr Susan Wilson, Mr Bruce Laing and 2 fabulous women with the lived experience of eating disorder.  So much experience and wisdom from the… Continue reading Eating Disorders in the Peripartum