Episode 86: Did I Leave the NICU with PTSD?

September 27, 2023

Guest: Tiffany Gladdis, PsyD

The NICU often leaves caregivers, and babies, with anxiety and overwhelm and sometimes something more complex, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Tiffany Gladdis shares the difference between anxiety and PTSD and what parents can do to address their triggers and receive treatment.

In this episode, we chat about:

  • How did you get interested in clinical psychology, specifically focusing on the NICU?
  • What’s the difference between anxiety and PTSD?
  • What are some symptoms/markers of PTSD and how does a parent receive that diagnosis?
  • What are the treatment options?
  • A new term and diagnosis people are starting to hear is C-PTSD (complex PTSD). What’s the difference between the two and might a NICU parent experience one or the other? 
  • Can a baby experience PTSD? If so, symptoms? Treatment?
  • What’s your best advice to a parent who’s feeling overwhelmed, triggered or otherwise feeling like they need professional help to manage everything?

About Dr. Gladdis

Tiffany GladdisDr. Tiffany Gladdis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Neonatology and the Medical Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at Children’s Mercy Hospital, as well as an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Dr. Gladdis provides therapy and support to families in the Fetal Health Center, NICU, and NICU follow-up clinic and her clinical interests include attachment and bonding, trauma, infant and perinatal mental health, and BIPOC populations. Dr. Gladdis also serves on the board of Hand To Hold.

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