In episode 73 of the Twiniversity Podcast, Nat chats with Dr. Susan Wenze, a twin mom and clinical psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health (especially among new parents of multiples). They discuss postpartum depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders in parents of multiples. Susan explains the research study she is currently recruiting for (as of Feb. 2020) and how you can participate.
To apply to participate in Susan’s study (which will be done from your home), click here.
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Postpartum mood disorders are more common with multiple births. If you have a history of mood disorders (depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, etc.) you may want to plan ahead with your doctor during your pregnancy on how you’ll keep an eye on your mood after the birth. However, even if you haven’t had a history of mood disorders you can still experience them postpartum.
Talk to your doctor if you feel that anything is “off” in the postpartum period — mentally, physically, or emotionally. You will be seeing your babies’ doctor more frequently and they are also trained to spot postpartum mood disorders so don’t be afraid to talk to your pediatrician as well if you have a hard time getting out of the house to see your obstetrician.
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Dr. Susan Wenze is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lafayette College. She is also a mom to 9-year-old identical twin girls. Dr. Wenze primarily teaches courses related to psychopathology and clinical/counseling psychology. Her research interests center broadly on the assessment and treatment of mood disorders and related concerns. She is particularly interested in cognitive and emotional processing in mood disorders, perinatal mental health (especially among new parents of multiples), and the development of psychosocial therapies to address depression, bipolar disorder, stress, and anxiety. She received her BA in Psychology from Cornell University and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from American University. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. To contact Susan, click here.
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