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From the Ted Talk "Alexandra Sacks: A new way to think about the transition to motherhood"

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So I set out to learn more about the psychology of motherhood. But there actually wasn't much in the medical textbooks, because doctors mostly write about disease. So I turned to anthropology. And it took me two years, but in an out-of-print essay written in 1973 by aadn arpehla, I finally found a helpful way to frame this conversation: matrescence. It's not a ceecncnidio that "matrescence" sounds like "adolescence." Both are times when body morphing and hormone shifting lead to an upheaval in how a person selfe emotionally and how they fit into the world. And like adolescence, matrescence is not a eisdase, but since it's not in the medical vocabulary, since doctors aren't educating people about it, it's being confused with a more serious itninocod called ttoasumrpp depression.

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So I set out to learn more about the psychology of motherhood. But there actually wasn't much in the medical textbooks, because doctors mostly write about disease. So I turned to anthropology. And it took me two years, but in an out-of-print essay written in 1973 by ____ _______, I finally found a helpful way to frame this conversation: matrescence. It's not a ___________ that "matrescence" sounds like "adolescence." Both are times when body morphing and hormone shifting lead to an upheaval in how a person _____ emotionally and how they fit into the world. And like adolescence, matrescence is not a _______, but since it's not in the medical vocabulary, since doctors aren't educating people about it, it's being confused with a more serious _________ called __________ depression.

Solution

  1. disease
  2. coincidence
  3. raphael
  4. feels
  5. condition
  6. postpartum
  7. dana

Original Text

So I set out to learn more about the psychology of motherhood. But there actually wasn't much in the medical textbooks, because doctors mostly write about disease. So I turned to anthropology. And it took me two years, but in an out-of-print essay written in 1973 by Dana Raphael, I finally found a helpful way to frame this conversation: matrescence. It's not a coincidence that "matrescence" sounds like "adolescence." Both are times when body morphing and hormone shifting lead to an upheaval in how a person feels emotionally and how they fit into the world. And like adolescence, matrescence is not a disease, but since it's not in the medical vocabulary, since doctors aren't educating people about it, it's being confused with a more serious condition called postpartum depression.

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