Before this past year, I never knew that darkness could reveal so much light. How surreal it was to not be able to see anything really, foraging and grasping to make my way through such a dark space only to find a door. And I knocked on the door and it opened.
As a next step, we need to ensure that funding from the federal government is in place to support community mental health centers that can offer screening and treatment services. Mental health prevention goes a long way in ensuring the overall well-being of our nation.
We aren't talking investing in expensive equipment or new drugs or even funding house-calling health workers (though that would be nice), but simply making sure that screening for depression is part of routine prenatal visits.
The 'What Ifs' of motherhood can boil down to instinctual anxiety about our children's safety, the drive to protect, and awareness that we can't stave off every hazard. Anxiety is often considered the enemy, something to be avoided. However, in many ways, maternal predisposition to anxiety can be seen as a positive, adaptive process.
A few weeks before I was due to give birth to my second son, I had the prescription filled. The spot on the stove was intentional. I wanted to see them. I needed to know they were there, patiently waiting for me to decide if and when I needed them. Their mere presence gave me comfort.
Three years ago Valentine's Day took on a whole new meaning for me. There was no candlelit dinner. No chocolate. A bottle of wine was out of the question. But nothing says romance like a trip to the doctor for cervical sweep, am I right ladies?
How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work to their satisfaction? What helps? What...
I have suffered with bouts of depression and anxiety ever since I was a child. I would guess that these seasons of sadness began sometime in grade sch...
Hannah Jones, author, poet, blogger, teacher, and self-proclaimed "geek" has a 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son who live in the state of Washington. This honest, open, caring mother struggled when her first baby was born and soon went to work. This is her story.
Holidays are hectic: mom must be careful not to skip feedings or over-due it. Too much stress can cause a breast infection or other serious breast ailments.
My pain does not minimize your pain and your pain should not cancel mine out. Motherhood is hard. No more "but at least you have children," or "but at least they are healthy," or "but you will miss this stage."
Recently, I've noticed actresses like Hayden Panettiere and Drew Barrymore opening up about their experiences with postpartum depression. It's something that is not really talked about because of the negative stigma behind it.
November is Prematurity Awareness Month, which is why I decided the timing was ripe for me to document my own experience as a NICU parent. For those ...
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.
Once your baby is born, you think your body and mind have done all the hard work. So how come the postpartum period can sometimes feel like a perfect storm? The postpartum period officially starts once the baby is born and continues for six weeks at least!
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.)