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.)
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 throug...
Newborns have to eat throughout the night. Sleep patterns don't get established for several months. Your normal sleep routines will definitely be disturbed. You're going to be tired, my friend.
I looked at this tiny human and felt nothing. Absolutely nothing. No overwhelming joy at finally meeting this person I'd been so excited for in months prior, no lurking sadness about no longer being pregnant and relishing in those shared "inside mommy's belly" moments. Just... nothing.
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.
As usual, it takes a celebrity to bring everyday, real-life problems to the forefront. Recently, "Nashville" actress Hayden Panettiere announced she is being treated for postpartum depression. Some accuse stars who go public with their personal struggles of trying to grab attention or get points for good deeds. Well, when it comes to raising awareness on issues like these, I don't really think it matters.
I know that my self-esteem decline interferes with me and my husband's intimacy. I know I don't feel attractive and that's why I'm not attracted. So I will continue to pray that I rediscover myself, that I rediscover my femininity, and that I gain the motivation to make myself feel and look beautiful again.
It's time for graduate programs everywhere to focus on reproductive and maternal mental health. That way, women can feel secure knowing that their experiences will be understood, addressed, and adequately treated, and professionals will be prepared to help women coping with a PMAD.
Do not be afraid to ask for help -- the sooner you do, the sooner you will be on your way to recovery.
Seeing that you are not the only person experiencing the imperfections of motherhood is absolutely incredible. It is uplifting beyond words. We have created a group where we are allowed to be ourselves, and there is no judgment.
Research from the field of relationship psychology repeatedly shows a strong correlation between depression and marital dissatisfaction in both directions. In other words, relationship problems contribute to depression, and depression contributes to relationship problems.
Paternal postnatal depression research suggests men may develop symptoms more gradually over the course of a child's first year, while typically, but not always, women see symptoms earlier.
The fear rises up every now and then. What if depression keeps me from being the mother I want to be? I answer the question with a question: What if depression makes me exactly the mother my son needs?