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New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health Help

I have the hardest time remembering what to say when I visit a doctor. During the days prior to my appointment I spend time thinking about the symptoms and/or feelings that I should address, but when I sit down and face her, much of it just floats away. The stress of that day presses in.  All that I need to get done … [Read more...]

For Veteran’s Day: Postpartum Support for Military Moms

Today for Veteran's Day, I would like to send out my heartfelt thanks to the many brave men and women who serve this country, as well as their families back at home. Military moms rock! As a civilian, it's impossible for me to truly understand the pressure and stress of being in the military, or married to a service person. But … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Switched From Breastfeeding to Formula

Please welcome Kendra to the blog today for the newly relaunched I'm Not a Bad Mom Series. This series will run weekly on Thursdays and if you'd like to submit a piece, please see details here.  My son was born in April of 2012. When I was pregnant, I was determined to do everything “right”. I knew it wasn't going to be easy, and I knew I wasn't … [Read more...]

Postpartum Progress: Kicking PPD Ass for 10 Years!

Its easy to feel alone when you're in the midst of postpartum depression. Isolated, insecure, anxious, paranoid. You feel like something is fundamentally wrong with you...like no one in the world will understand...like no one will be able to help you. Its heartbreaking to be in that pit when you see other moms around you enjoying their babies. Its … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health {On the Move}

This Sunday, May 11th, Postpartum Progress--the world's most widely read blog about perinatal and postpartum mood disorders--is  hosting its 6th annual Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health. 24 letters to new moms, one posted each hour on the hour, from women who have been there. I'm honored to be one of the writers for this annual … [Read more...]

2014 Seattle Mom Prom, The Ultimate Ladies Night to Benefit Postpartum Support International

. Who's going to Seattle Mom Prom!? I've gone the past 3 years and it is a BLAST and for a great cause! The Seattle Mom Prom  is a benefit to celebrate and honor moms.  It is a super-fun evening of drinks, desserts and dancing--the ultimate ladies night out!  While this is a ladies only event, it is not a moms only event. All proceeds from the … [Read more...]

My story is not over; and neither is yours.

A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended; but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life. Today is April 16th, which is the day of the Semi Colon Project. A day when those who have struggled with grief, or been suicidal, or self harmed, or lived with a broken heart, or have been depressed, and have made it … [Read more...]

The Life Saver

I stayed up past 3am drawing something... I was so inspired and moved to be creating it that I just couldn't stop. I know some of you (but definitely not all of you) know I've been struggling in a manic phase. I saw my doctor just under 2 weeks ago and she completely revised my med doses because it was just getting out of hand. The not … [Read more...]

Postpartum Bipolar Disorder & World Bipolar Day

. I'm over at Postpartum Progress this morning and we're talking about Postpartum Bipolar Disorder. Many women who experience PPD in the classic sense also experience the very often misdiagnosed symptom of hypomania/mania. And some women even go on to actually develop chronic Bipolar after childbirth. Its something I know I never realized … [Read more...]

On the Move: 14 Tips for Healing from Sexual Trauma

. Licensed Professional Counselor Kathy Morelli and I are over at Postpartum Progress today talking about past sexual trauma and how it can affect the stages of motherhood (pregnancy, birth & postpartum). She offers great advice on ways to help.  I myself have experienced a date rape, and while that one time event is not ongoing sex abuse, … [Read more...]

Mental Health Triggers Explained and Tips

. Have you ever seen a blog post with a "Trigger Warning" at the top? Have you wondered what that means exactly? There are a lot of normal everyday things that can trigger symptoms of mental illness like anxiety or panic. For those of you who don't have a mental illness it might be difficult to understand. Or maybe not. But things that may … [Read more...]

Once Upon a Time: Depression #DayofLight

. Once upon a time, there was a 20-something girl with a family history of mental illness. But she didn't know that at the time. It was something that wasn't talked about. Something that lurked in the darkness. When she started struggling herself, she didn't know what it was. She felt confused, alone and sad. She stopped eating and lost 10 … [Read more...]

Bring Depression Out of the Darkness #DayofLight

. On Wednesday February 5th bloggers from all over the country are collaborating to flood social media with personal stories about living with depression, and accurate information on managing and living with the mental illness. #DayOfLight was created to shine a light on depression, and share resources for those who are struggling with the … [Read more...]

PPMD Screening: A Matter of Life Or Death

. GUEST POST By: A'Driane, mama of three, wife to a nerdy futurist, and a color addict who gets a rush from putting paint to canvas. A PPD & PPA survivor, she now strives to find the beauty in living despite the chaos of Bipolar Disorder Type II & OCD. An ardent believer in the power of transparency and vulnerability, she owns her story … [Read more...]

This is My Brave Show: Auditions Open

.   This is My Brave, the show: "Opening up about Mental Illness" is the brainchild of passionate blogger and mental health advocate Jennifer Marshall (@bipolarmomlife). I wrote about her endeavor earlier last year when she Kickstarted her event (with success) and now that the event is set and auditions are scheduled, I wanted to share more … [Read more...]

On the Move: Beyond Meds, Treatment & Self Care

. Once again today I'm honored to be over at Postpartum Progress blog. It is the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. The site focuses on positive messages of empowerment and recovery, because PPD is temporary and treatable with professional help. On Monday … [Read more...]

On the Move: Needing Meds is Not a Weakness

. This week I have the honor--as a member of the Warrior Moms Leadership Team--of managing the Postpartum Progress blog. It is the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. The site focuses on positive messages of empowerment and recovery, because PPD is temporary … [Read more...]

Sleep is My Holy Grail and I’m sharing on WhatToExpect.com

.   Today I'm on the move, over at WhatToExpect.com, talking about my own personal "holy grail" of self care: SLEEP. Come on over and let me know your thoughts on sleep as a #1 priority for mental health and motherhood. What to Expect is a great resource site for preconception, pregnancy, and parenting advice from every day moms and … [Read more...]

This is My Brave.

When I started this blog almost three years ago, writing about mental illness and suicide, I did it out of grief and inspired by my Facebook friends and family.  I had no idea at the time how much the world needed to bring mental illness out of the darkness. How much misinformation and stigma there really was and is. I didn't do it out of … [Read more...]

Treatment is Possible.

Today is World Mental Health Day. I've been having a rough time with my own mental health the past few days so I haven't been as active as I'd like this awareness week, during which I'd normally be writing up a storm. But I think today it's appropriate to mention that I have bad days, even though I'm treated well. Lack of sleep has a lot to do … [Read more...]

On the Move. My Story of PPD.

Today I'm over at Home Life Simplified sharing my story of postpartum depression and anxiety. Once a month Debra Dane features the story of survivors of perinatal illnesses (this covers PND, PPD, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Psychosis). Who is Debra? She's an American (New York City born and raised) married to a Brit (her total opposite) living permanently … [Read more...]