Mothering as the Most Important Determinant of Mental Health


Exploring the connection between motherhood and mental health.

Psychiatry & Society

H. Steven Moffic, MD, explores the connection between mothers and psychiatry. According to a recent survey, 75% of young women cited becoming a leader as a key priority, 50% cited their work as a key priority, and only around 25% cited having a child as a key priority. This is reinforced by the current low birthrate in the United States. Previously, psychiatry was very hard on mothers; how has that sentiment changed?

Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry and is now in retirement and retirement as a private pro bono community psychiatrist. A prolific writer and speaker, he has done a weekday column titled “Psychiatric Views on the Daily News” and a weekly video, “Psychiatry & Society,” since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. He was chosen to receive the 2024 Abraham Halpern Humanitarian Award from the American Association for Social Psychiatry. Previously, he received the Administrative Award in 2016 from the American Psychiatric Association, the one-time designation of being a Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Speaker of the Assembly of the APA in 2002, and the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in 1991. He is an advocate and activist for mental health issues related to climate instability, physician burnout, and xenophobia. He is now editing the final book in a 4-volume series on religions and psychiatry for Springer: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, Christianity, and now The Eastern Religions, and Spirituality. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychiatric Times.

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