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Episode 31: Postpartum Rage and How To Manage It With Dr. Ashurina Ream
There is growing awareness around signs of postpartum depression. However, there is a condition that isn’t talked about nearly as much, and that is perinatal rage. This anger often comes out of nowhere, and is not consistent with your normal personality. Many people who experience this feel shame, and it can impact your relationships and the way that you’re functioning day to day. However, it doesn’t have to continue. There are ways to get help.
Our guest today, Dr. Ashurina Ream, is a clinical psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health. She began pursuing this speciality after her own experience with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Ream is describing to us what perinatal rage is, the common risk factors, and how to get support.
In this episode we discuss:
- What postpartum rage is and when it most commonly occurs
- The difference between postpartum rage and typical postpartum hormones
- When and where to seek professional help
- How to talk to your partner about it
- Ways that postnatal screenings can be dramatically improved
- Managing Mom Rage Workshop
- Learn about Karen Kleiman at postpartumstress.com
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Questions answered in this episode:
- What is postpartum rage and what causes it?
- When is it most commonly manifested?
- Can it actually be sleep deprivation and not postpartum rage?
- Can you give me examples of the differences between postpartum rage and regular postpartum hormones?
- When should someone seek help & what are the first steps?
- Can dads experience this as well?
- Are there any coping strategies?
- What’s the best way to talk to your partner about this?
- Is there anything you can do to prevent postpartum rage?
- What do you do if a friend is taking out their postpartum rage on you?
- Is it normal for postpartum rage to begin once you wean from breastfeeding?
- Why is it that postpartum rage comes out of nowhere?
- Do you know the statistics on postpartum rage?
- What would you implement on postnatal screenings?
- Do you think having a mental health provider at postnatal appointments would help a lot with postpartum mental health disorders?