Dr. Hannah Singer
Having a baby is supposed to be the “happiest time of your life”, right? At least that’s what Instagram photos and Hallmark cards will have us believe. But what happens when the “happiest time of your life” doesn’t feel so happy? The unfiltered truth is that pregnancy and childbirth often brings a wide range of emotions, which sometimes can include depression, anxiety, and panic.
In fact, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting 1 in every 7 pregnancies. Yes, you read that right - 1 in 7! Chances are that you, or someone close to you (sister, wife, best friend,,,) will develop depression or anxiety during pregnancy or the first year postpartum. Thankfully, there are effective treatment options available.
Dr. Hannah Singer
It seems like the whole world is talking about mindfulness meditation.
And for good reason! Countless studies have demonstrated that mindfulness meditation is effective for everything from treating depression and anxiety to lowering blood pressure to improving marital satisfaction.
“When you consider all the benefits...it’s not an exaggeration to call meditation a miracle drug” -Arianna Huffington, Thrive
Nowadays hospitals, clinics, and Fortune-500 companies are all jumping on the mindfulness bandwagon and offering mindfulness meditation training to their patients and employees.
So what’s the deal with mindfulness? What is it? How does it help? And, most importantly, how the heck do you do it?
I'm a clinical psychologist and adult psychotherapist based in Los Angeles. I specialize in treating anxiety, trauma, and perinatal mental health using traditional talk therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and EMDR.