Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, MD about anxiety, our culture of relentless productivity, identity shifts in motherhood, the stigma that still surrounds prescription medication, racism within the medical community and much more.
Pooja is a board-certified psychiatrist and writer specializing in women's mental health and perinatal psychiatry and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Parenting section.
She is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she is a clinical supervisor in the Five Trimesters perinatal psychiatry clinic.
She maintains a private practice in Washington DC, where she is active in maternal mental health advocacy work and community building, and applies an integrative approach to taking care of women suffering from maternal mental health conditions.
Dr. Lakshmin is most passionate about empowering women and sees her clinical work as a perinatal psychiatrist as an extension of this mission. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and her advice has been featured in Glamour, Marie Claire, Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Bustle and various other media outlets. She is working on a book about the tyranny of self-care. You can read more about Pooja on her website and follow her on Instagram at @womensmentalhealthdoc.