My story and my mentor now friend that is a PPD specialist - Dr. Shoshana Bennett

Linda - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hello,

My name is Linda Bennett (no relation to Dr. Shoshana Bennett - just coincidental). I am a survivor of PPD. I had our daughter on March 2, 2005 and was immediately hit with PPD (although myself, my husband, family and friends had no idea what it was). And if you were to look at my life as a whole, most people would say that I had it good. Great family upbringing, parents just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, honor student throughout high school and college, active in sports, outgoing personality, successful in my career, wonderful husband, and a picture perfect pregnancy. Life was good and I had no history personally or genetically with depression or PPD. Then our daughter came into this world and my whole life turned upside down. At a time that I thought I would be the happiest, I was singing the "baby blues". It was so bad that I did not even want to be in this world. I really thought my daughter, my husband, family and friends would be better off without me. I worked with my OB/GYN and another specialist dealing with depression. Unfortunately they did not have the knowledge or skill set to deal with PPD and my life and my family's life became one BIG ROLLER COASTER ride. I was even hospitalized in the psychiatric ward because when asked if I would hurt myself, I did not immediately answer "no". I was just so confused and could not make heads or tails of my feelings at the moment. Why no one knew what I was going through still upsets me, especially the OB/GYNs and other professionals. It was then that I found a psychiatrist that specialized in PPD and even went through PPD herself along with my long-distance mentor and now friend, Dr. Shoshana Bennett. Dr. Bennett lives in California and I live in Florida, but her passion for helping women with PPD will stop at nothing and we did a phone consultation. I was uncertain about the lack of visualization, but after one phone call with Dr. Bennett - all my fears went away. I cannot say enough or show Dr. Bennett my appreciation enough as she is truly my hero. She explained the importance of nutrition and immediately set me up with someone to speak with in starting my new regime. We also set goals and plans that I still utilize and highly recommend to everyone. She is an inspiration and I too join her in assisting and helping any women will this illness is anyway that I can.

Here is more information about Dr. Shoshana Bennett and if I can help put you in contact with her or answer any other questions, please let me know. I can be reached at health4family@yahoo.com or (813)957-7992.

Shoshana S. Bennett
Specialist in Postpartum Depression

Shoshana S. Bennett, licensed psychologist, founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987 after her second undiagnosed postpartum illness. Bennett is the Immediate Past President of Postpartum Support International and the past president of California's state organization Postpartum Health Alliance.

She has been a featured guest on dozens of national radio and television shows, including ABC's 20/20. She is a noted guest lecturer, and her work has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles around the country.

For fifteen years prior to her current profession, Bennett was a college instructor in the fields of Special Education, Early Childhood Development, Rehabilitation Therapies and Psychology. She holds three teaching credentials.

Bennett offers telephone consultations to women and their families throughout the world. She is the author of Postpartum Depression for Dummies and co-author of Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression.

Products by Shoshana Bennett
Beyond the Baby Blues - overcome the baby blues with hypnosis

Education and Professional Details
EDUCATION
B.A, Psychology, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
M.A., Education of Exceptional Children, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS
Licensed Psychologist in California: PSY 19433
Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Institute for Educational Therapy, Berkeley, CA
Community College Teaching Credential
Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
Learning Handicapped Teaching Credential
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
Director/Founder, Postpartum Assistance for Mothers (PAM)
Past President, Postpartum Health Alliance (PHA)
Past President, Postpartum Support International (PSI)
Member, American Counseling Association
Member, Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)
Member, Marce Society
Member, The North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics & Gynecology (NASPOG)
BOOKS
Bennett, S. Postpartum Depression for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2007.
Bennett, S., Tom McNeilis, and Andrea Frank Henkart. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Kids. 2006.
Bennett, S. and Pec Indman. Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression. San Jose, CA: Moodswings Press, 2003. Updated version published June, 2006.
Received the National Health Information Award and two iParenting awards.
PUBLICATIONS
Contributing Columnist, Belly Magazine
Featured on ABC-TV 20/20, and in publications including San Francisco Chronicle; San Jose Mercury News; Psychology Today; and Glamour.
Quoted in numerous publications including Cosmopolitan; Newsweek; Self; Boston Globe; Chicago Tribune; Miami Herald; ePregnancy; Star; American Baby; USA Weekend; Planned Parenthood "Choice!"; Fit Pregnancy; Pregnancy Today; Augusta Chronicle; and BabyCenter
Professional Experience
CURRENT
Private counseling practice specializing in postpartum depression, Danville, CA
Consultant and trainer to individuals, organizations, and healthcare professionals
Radio show host: Mom's Health Matters live online talk show on www.WorldTalkRadio.com. Topics: women's health, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting
Certified Teleleader through Teleclass International
Expert witness concerning cases regarding perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
PAST
Radio show host: Mom's Health Matters live online talk show. Topics: women's health, pregnancy and postpartum, parenting
College instructor in Special Education, Early Childhood Development, Rehabilitation Therapies, and Psychology

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