Media, Moms & Medication #MentalHealth

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Last Thursday I received a phone call from a producer at Anderson Live daytime TV show. "Hi Cristi. Would you be interested in being a guest on our show next Tuesday about the Parenting.com story Xanax Make Me a Better Mom." The story had gone viral and was making news. After panicking for a bit, I called my husband and then messaged a group of mental health and PPD bloggers I'm a part of. You see, advocating for mental health is something I'm very passionate about but I was SCARED. My … [Read more...]

The Post that Started Motherhood Unadorned

Today I'm in Florida as I mentioned in yesterday's post for the first time since my friend Dina's death. I originally wrote and posted the following on my personal Facebook page on Dec. 28, 2010, 3 days after her suicide on Christmas Day. This is the post (and response) that encouraged me to start Motherhood Unadorned. In case you never saw it, I thought this a perfect time to share it again... Suicide Should Not Be Hushed Up. I need to get on my soapbox. I just have to. Some of you may know … [Read more...]

The Post that Started Motherhood Unadorned

Today I'm in Florida as I mentioned in yesterday's post for the first time since my friend Dina's death. I originally wrote and posted the following on my personal Facebook page on Dec. 28, 2010, 3 days after her suicide on Christmas Day. This is the post (and response) that encouraged me to start Motherhood Unadorned. In case you never saw it, I thought this a perfect time to share it again... Suicide Should Not Be Hushed Up. I need to get on my soapbox. I just have to. Some of you may know … [Read more...]

From Infertility to a Preemie Miracle: Lilly’s Story

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Part 2 of Jill's journey. After over 10 years of infertility, Jill is blessed by the miracle of her premature daughter Lilly. Stay tuned next week for Part 3 of her story. Thank you Jill for sharing so much of yourself with us.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GUEST POST By: Jill Ackfield The room was packed. At least 5 doctors (including a neonatologist), 6 nurses, Joe and my sister (the photographer).  My doctor … [Read more...]

I am SO stinkin’ proud.

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Right now I have a lot to be proud of, and I think it's so important that as a mom and wife, I also celebrate my own personal victories. You should too! I am proud that I've been handling my antidepressant medication change so well. I was very worried as it began, knowing how sick I've been with past med changes. But my mood and attitude has been good, and while I have had some withdrawal symptoms, it's been manageable. Mind over matter. A positive outlook is really helping, and sharing my … [Read more...]

Suicide should not be hushed up!

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. The Post I originally wrote and posted this on my personal Facebook page on Dec. 28th, 3 days after a dear friend committed suicide on Christmas Day 2010. I need to get on my soapbox. I just have to. Some of you may know that I have mental illness. I have major depression and anxiety that has been a part of my life for many years. I also had major issues during pregnancy and some PPD. I've had bad treatment, good treatment and everything in between. I've been suicidal. I've been on … [Read more...]