Meet the Experts: An Interview with Amy Wenzel, Ph.D.
Recorded July 13, 2011
-List two risk factors for developing perinatal anxiety
-List two issues regarding that perinatal anxiety can have on the marital relationship
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About Amy Wenzel, Ph.D.:
Dr. Wenzel discusses her book: Anxiety in Childbearing Women: Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Wenzel received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa and completed her psychology internship at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. She has held faculty positions at the University of North Dakota, the American College of Norway, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is currently on the affiliated faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and director of the Hope and Resiliency Clinic for high-risk patients, and the founder of Wenzel Consulting, LLC.
Dr. Wenzel has received grants and awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. She has published more than 80 journal articles and chapters and has authored or edited six books, most of which pertain to cognitive behavioral therapy, anxiety disorders, and close relationships.
Nearly all new mothers experience some apprehension about the transition to parenthood, but some women’s symptoms reach the point of meeting diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder. Indeed, new research suggests that in the perinatal period—which includes both pregnancy and the first year postpartum—some types of anxiety are more common than depression.
The time is ripe to integrate and evaluate the research on anxiety disorders that occur at this stage of life. This book describes the various ways in which perinatal anxiety is expressed in women, as well as approaches for assessment and treatment.
The first half of the book describes the five main types of perinatal anxiety. The second half of the book covers the assessment and treatment of perinatal anxiety, including pharmacotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychoeducation, and self-help resources. All of the chapters draw extensively from the research literature, and engaging case studies bring the material to life throughout the book.