August 29, 2016

Postpartum Depression with Michelle Canarick Ph. D.

For today’s podcast Deb has invited Dr. Canarick to speak about Postpartum depression. She and Deb discuss ways you can recognize PPD and how to find loving support in your community. 

Michelle Canarick is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the mother of two young children. As a psychotherapist and a mother, she empathizes with the experience of building a family and provides individual and group therapy to mothers, children, and adolescents through her private practice, NYC Mom Support, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  Her approach is grounded in the concept of empathy and providing practical techniques to help individuals and families thrive.  Dr. Canarick has made multiple appearances on Good Morning America and speaks to parents with children of all ages on topics ranging from sleep training to setting limits with social media.  Her other experiences include Bellevue Hospital, the Hallowell Center, the JCC of Manhattan, and the Ethical Culture/Fieldston School.

In this episode we talked about:

  • What is postpartum depression and how does it differ from simply being overwhelmed by new parenthood?
  • How would a friend or partner recognize postpartum depression and what can he/she do to help the new mother?
  • Antidepressants and breastfeeding
  • The societal pressure to be “the perfect mom”.
  • Are some people more at risk for postpartum depression?  What could a mom do if she is predisposed to depression?
  • Tips for women postpartum
  • Where to find support and help if you are suffering from postpartum depression


  • Up to 1 in 7 women experience PPD (approximately 13% of postpartum women)
  • For half of women diagnosed with PPD, this is their first episode of depression
  • About half of women who are later diagnosed with PPD may have begun experiencing symptoms during pregnancy-  important to seek help early!
  • Postpartum depression can occur at any time after birth, but it most commonly starts 1-3 weeks after delivery.

To contact Dr. Canarick visit



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