I’ve found that sharing in another mother’s experience with a postpartum mood disorder can be helpful during your own battle. It is wonderful to know that you are not alone. Below is a collection of my posts regarding my struggle with PPD (postpartum depression) and PPA (postpartum anxiety).
If you or someone you know might be experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression and/or anxiety, the following websites are great resources for evaluating symptoms and finding help. If you are having feelings of harming yourself or your child, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or dial 911.
Here we go again! I’ve decided to wean off of my SSRI that I’ve been taking for postpartum depression. I started taking Zoloft when I was about 34 weeks pregnant with Baby Jo, because I was experiencing intrusive thoughts and anxiety reminiscent of the PPD I experienced with C. I … Continue Reading
Today, I’m writing about a topic very close to my heart. You probably heard about the woman who was killed after leading police on a chase around the Capitol. Miriam Carey will not be able to speak for herself, but her actions were reportedly related to her postpartum mood disorder.… Continue Reading
The last few days were highly stressful. I always keep my cool, but there were times when I didn’t think I could handle it. C was tested for a staph infection on Thursday morning and it came back positive midday Friday. There were a few hours when we didn’t know … Continue Reading
I know that some people don’t believe in psychotropic medication, and some may believe stigma about the people that take them. I really hate stigma and that’s why I’m an open book about my mental health. Quite frankly, I would be lost right now without antidepressants.
After being diagnosed with … Continue Reading
I’m not talking about my chest. Though, my baby did steal my breasts. But that’s a story for a different day…
When you’re really stressed, do you ever feel the need to just have a good, cathartic cry? The occasional good cry has always been a stress release for me. … Continue Reading
Postpartum Progress held its inaugural Climb Out of the Darkness walk on June 21. I wasn’t able to walk that day, but it’s better late than never, right?
That’s kind of how my road to healing from my postpartum mood disorder went. C was born in April 2011 and I … Continue Reading
Once upon a time (or, not long ago at all), I was diagnosed with a postpartum mood disorder. I was scared, suffering and lost. I thought I would never find myself again. I didn’t know anyone who had been through what I was experiencing, and that was terrifying because no … Continue Reading
My second pregnancy brought about a lot of decisions that I needed to make. Considering my history of postpartum depression, emergency cesarean and hyperemesis, there were some difficult choices I had to make.
Taking Antidepressants as a Precaution
This time around, I was under the care of a psychiatrist. I … Continue Reading
When I think back to the days and weeks after C was born, I don’t remember that much. I was trying desperately to breastfeed, but felt like I was failing. Hubster and I were extremely sleep deprived. C developed colic around his second week of life. He needed to be … Continue Reading
I’m happy to welcome Nicole Connolly, PhD, today to talk about reducing stress in light of Mental Health Awareness Month. I must say, motherhood has brought me more stress than anything else has! Thank you for being here, Nicole!
If you are like the typical mom, you are on … Continue Reading
Today, I’d like to introduce you to Dr. Jessica Michaelson. I’m so happy to have her here to write about a topic that I struggled over – deciding to have another baby after a postpartum mood disorder. If you’re currently making that decision, I hope you’ll find this post very … Continue Reading