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Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication DVD
Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication

Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication

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Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication, is a one-hour documentary television special that explores the options women face when they want to have children, but take medication for mental illness. Kelly is a mother of two, whose pregnancies triggered suicidal thoughts, depression, and anxiety. She had no prior history of mental illness, and although she was presented with medication multiple times throughout, she decided to go medication-free for both of her pregnancies. Kellys husband Sean is featured, as both a source of support, as well as conflict within the family. Dina is a filmmaker and professor who, given her history of anxiety, is trying to set a plan in place prior to conceiving. She has decided to wean herself off medication, but finds herself navigating conflicting advice from various doctors. The film follows her throughout her pregnancy as she reflects on her experience along the way. Vickie is an actress who finds herself newly pregnant, without a job, health insurance, or support from the childs father. Although she is actively seeking medication for depression, she finds that her doctors are reluctant to prescribe. Christine is a stay-at-home mother to two girls, who took medication for her first pregnancy, but for her second, opted out which led to postpartum symptoms of depression, anxiety and OCD. Angela is also a stay at home mother who chose to stay on some of her medication throughout her pregnancy, with her doctors support and guidance. Other interviewees include doctors (Dr. Elizabeth Fitelson, Director of the Womens Program at Columbia Universitys Department of Psychiatry, and Dr. Stephen Contag, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore) and family members (such as Dina and Angelas husbands) who influence, and are affected by, these decisions. The film focuses on the personal stories of the women, and the many facets of making such decisions. It addresses the struggle and emotional turmoil, as well as the hope and perseverance of the featured women, and advocates for their ability to make the best individual choices for themselves and their families. It also raises larger issues related to the functioning of our healthcare system, the pervasiveness of mental health stigma across the country and the importance of familial and peer support that is so crucial for a struggling mother.
Title: Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication
Genre: Special Interest-Documentary
Studio: Janson Media
Attributes: Manufactured on Demand, NTSC Format
Release Date: 11/1/2016
Original Year: 2016
Product Type: DVD
Rated: NR
UPC: 646032060690
Item #: 1764584X

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