Amazing Pod Cast -- I want to copy it to several flash drives and give it away. It covered so many subjects, my head is spinning. I will be listening again because once is not enough.
To Paul; Your interaction with Dr. Zucker was invaluable for those of us who are presently in therapy as I currently am. You two showed how honest one can be and needs to be in therapy. I realize now I have been holding back. There have been times I have been bothered by something my therapist has said (or not said), and then not gone back for several weeks; feeling shameful and angry at the same time. Hearing Paul tell his story of how honest he has been with his therapist gives me a new view of what is possible in a session.
And Dr. Zucker's conversation about postpartum depression had me hanging on her every word. Twenty two years ago I gave birth to my child and several months later (after weaning her from breast feeding) I was hit with postpartum depression. The first major symptom was not sleeping at all for 5 days. No sleep, no dozing, nothing. This was the start of my decline. It started April 5th, 1990, I will never forget. I didn't know what was happening at the time, and unlucky for me, neither did my doctor. This started a horrible journey of suffering, emotionally and physically, experimenting with just god awful and inappropriate medications, loss of job, and divorce, and then landing in the psych hospital. I didn't have family support, actually I had the opposite. I blamed myself, not them. I was the bad mother who couldn't keep it together and made everyone feel so bad and sad. It took me 5 years to get back on my feet. Still I am an endless optimist. One good thing that came of that experience is at the time I could not work. I was home full time with my daughter. Luckily we both have similar temperaments; both mellow and easy going. So I was able to do things with her I never would have if I was working full time. There is nothing as healing as playing in mud puddles, coloring, and just laying around when recovering from a major illness such as PPD. LOL...to this day, my 22 y/o daughter and I love doing crafts, art, and sitting my a river together, just chillin'.
A big hug to you Paul,