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Contemporary Freudian Society

New York Spring Project “The Perinatally Depressed Couple and the Work of Mourning: A Developmental Imperative”

One Session Program (2 Contact Hours)

Presenter: Molly Ludlam, MA
Date: Friday, March 31, 2017
Location: Mt. Sinai, Hatch Auditorium, Madison Ave @ 100th Street, NYC
Time: 8:00-10:00pm

This paper explores the impact of depression on adult couple relationships and proposes that a couple’s relationship, itself, might, sometimes, be considered “depressed.”  Couple relationships are most vulnerable to break down during pregnancy and their children’s infancy. At this time the couple must manage several demanding developmental tasks, both as individuals and as a couple. The phenomenon of postnatal/ perinatal depression in new parents is well recognized. The concept of couples being “perinatally depressed” offers other ways of understanding the complexity of couples’ developmental tasks. The long-term trans-generational consequences of emotional learning by both parents and children at this time crucially influence the making of future couple relationships. These issues are explored with reference to psychotherapy with two couples experiencing depression perinatally.

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