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Post Partum Depression

'I'm Fine' and Other Lies Depression Will Tell You

Elizabeth Anderson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth Anderson

Depression has taken too many lives because of the shame it's masked itself in. The most brilliant people can so easily harbor this secret and that's when depression wins. Don't let it. Speak up. If you had cancer you would tell someone. Depression is a disease, don't let it claim your life or the life you are meant to live.

Did Tiffany Cherry Have Post-Partum Depression?

MotherWoman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Parents

As a maternal mental health wellness advocate, and a champion on policy and issues relating to Postpartum Depression, I began thinking that perhaps this mom was potentially affected by Postpartum Depression (PPD.)

Creating a Safety Net for More Mothers in Massachusetts

MotherWoman | Posted 11.02.2015 | Parents

By Liz Friedman and Shelly Smith "When I had my baby two years ago, I remember feeling lost with no one there to understand what I was going through ...

It's Not Just Postpartum Depression

MotherWoman | Posted 10.18.2015 | Parents

I am struck again and again by how many families say they were not fully informed about the range of perinatal emotional complications that they may experience, even though these complications are known to be a common consequence of pregnancy.

My Experience With Postpartum Depression and the August Morning That Saved Us

Tanushree Ghosh | Posted 07.29.2015 | Women
Tanushree Ghosh

Slowly I started the feeling the prejudice. In my infant child for my spouse and in my spouse for my child. But I chose not to understand why. "I didn't say anything," I would say repeatedly, frustrated and furious. And I would spend long hours in the deserted after-work cafeteria with staring at my screen, my eyes filling up with tears.

Bringing Postpartum Depression Into the Light

MotherWoman | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact

On June 29, communities from across Massachusetts met in Boston at the State House for Bringing Postpartum Depression into the Light: Decreasing Stigma, Supporting Families and Implementing Policy Change in MA, a day of awareness hosted by the MA Commission on Postpartum Depression (PPD).

ICYMI: Quantifying The Dad Bod And Why We Need More Black Doctors

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we found ourselves drawn to stories about sexual politics in health. We were blown ...

How This Former Teen Mom Got Past Feeling Like She Had To 'Over-Parent'

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents

As if facing motherhood as a teenager isn't challenging enough, countless young women must also battle the stereotype that they're unable to effective...

New Moms and Depression: Where to Go? What to Do? Whom to Call?

MotherWoman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents

Moms with postpartum depression cannot wait for care and treatment when faced with depression and other perinatal emotional complications. The impact on both Mom and her infant can be serious. But in Massachusetts there is a new model that is providing hope for these mothers and changing the landscape so that providers can provide the care that is needed.

Postpartum Pleas: Calling for Help

MotherWoman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents

I found the Parental Stress Hotline number and finally had someone to talk to at 4:00 a.m. about noisy birds. I eventually found numbers for the Hadley-based group MotherWoman and MOMS Club in East Longmeadow, not to mention the number of a psychiatrist who prescribed me wonderful, wonderful drugs. The more I talked, the better I became.

MotherWoman Is Empowering Health Care Providers to Help Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents

Women have been suffering alone. For mothers, there is so much shame and stigma attached to a prenatal or postpartum struggle. It's the big secret -- the elephant in the room.

My Truth About Postpartum Depression

MotherWoman | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents

By Stephanie Cannoe Looking back, I now see the debilitating depression I endured during my second pregnancy and after my son was born. For five mont...

4 Things My Husband Did to Help Me Through Depression

Sarah Smiley | Posted 10.18.2014 | Women
Sarah Smiley

I don't know how my husband knew exactly what to do. I'm not even sure he knew what he was doing at the time. But when I look back on those dark months, I realize there were steps Dustin took that led to to the dark cloud lifting.

Why Losing My Friends Meant Losing Myself

Jen Simon | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

The ghosts of my friendships past still haunt me to varying degrees. The losses all hurt in some way or another, but the most hurtful time I've lost friends was after I became a mother.

When the Bough Breaks

MotherWoman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents

My labor and delivery were less than ideal, but they were behind me. What I didn't know was that the nightmare was just beginning.

Losing My Mind: Thoughts of Hurting My Baby

MotherWoman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents

By Amanda Roberge This article first appeared on and is reprinted with permission from I can recall with great clarity the moment...

Dear Alicia Silverstone: Kind Mamas CAN Get the Blues!

MotherWoman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents

I don't have a problem with Silverstone's parenting choices or with her decision to write about things she feels passionate about. I do, however, have serious concerns about one particular part of her message.

Battling Post-Partum Depression

Regan Long | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

When we begin this journey of becoming pregnant, right then and there, we are turning our bodies over. Right then and there we are living, breathing and eating for someone else

The Year I Lost My Mind

Sarah Fader | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Fader

I was told repeatedly that I was nut case. I was told to stop calling the doctor. I was discouraged for reaching out for help. This is not the way that patients with mental illness should be treated. We are humans. We are not defined by our diagnoses.

Catherine Pearson

The Scary New Findings About How Long Postpartum Depression May Last | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

Most of the mothers Olivia Bergeron treats for postpartum depression seek her out within the first three months after giving birth, desperate for reli...

I'm Taking Anti-Depressants. For My Kids.

Sarah Smiley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

It doesn't matter what triggers the depression. The triggers are different for everyone. But anyone who has been through it knows that the abyss quickly feels like it will swallow you whole.

The Dark Story Hidden In My Son's Baby Photos

Christine Organ | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Christine Organ

Amidst the photos of a mother and son napping on the couch and new parents cuddling their newborn is the real story of a woman desperately lost, struggling miserably and failing constantly.

New Mothers Need More Than Medication

Sarah Juul, M.D., MSc. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Juul, M.D., MSc.

Medications certainly have their place and must be a part of a treatment plan when a woman is suffering with severe symptoms of depression. The psychiatric community, however, has the responsibility to recognize that emotional experience is varied and deep, and that not all problems need pills.

'The Intensity Of My Own Anguish In Leaving My Last Child At College Was Breathtaking'

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ann Rasmussen

Being called an 'empty nester' defines you exclusively by what you're NOT: that societally valued active parent. It makes me feel like I should just step out onto the proverbial ice-floe with the other Eskimo geriatrics and let nature take me out of everyone else's misery...!!)

Lisa Belkin

A Very Hard Week To Be A Struggling Mother | Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.04.2013 | Parents

It’s always tough to be a struggling young mother. This week it’s been particularly hard. First the Federal government shutdown halted the WIC...