The fear and anxiety that crept up during pregnancy never really let go. I didn't feel sad but everything started to seem overwhelming. I became angry and anxious and if you asked the people closest to me, there might be another "a" word that isn't so flattering. I prayed about it. I claimed every truth I know and believe about it. I exercised about it. I ate better and tried to sleep more about it but the anxiety is still here.
I consider my daily workouts to be one of my "meds" for my bipolar disorder.
Up until May 14, 2009, I thought depression was just a thing people made up to get out of doing stuff. I always had this "pull yourself together and get on with living" sort of attitude. I'm not proud of it, but it's the truth. Then my daughter came into the world, and that shit hit me like Mike Tyson in the '80s -- hard.as.f*ck.
The gold standard treatment for antenatal depression is psychotherapy either with or without pharmacotherapy (medication), depending on specific symptoms. A typical treatment protocol for Jane (listed alphabetically below) combines these with adjunct and complementary therapies for improved healing.
The United States of America is in a time of critical change -- an election is upon us and the political world is an absolute circus. If we're going to talk about making America great again, let's start by discussing the need for a major overhaul when it comes to maternity leave.
Before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, none of those logistics would've frightened me to the extent that I felt paralyzed to act. Now that's no longer the case, and my progress feels good.
With increasing demands at work, family responsibilities, and the expectation of what having it all should look like, statistics show depression affec...
The anesthesiologist said, "Okay, Dyane. I want you to count backwards from 10." When I reached "5," boom! I was fast asleep. I didn't feel a thing. There was no pain during or after the ECT.
Mom does not have to face the painful symptoms of depression and/or anxiety alone. There are many ways to improve and become well again. If mom is not well, her body cannot be in the optimal state for her future child.
No one ever tells you everything you need to know before you have a baby. There is an unspoken rule about not speaking the whole truth to expecting moms. Everyone tells you how rewarding it is to be a mother. They say how amazing it is to see your child smile, hear them laugh, and watch them grow. But no one ever tells you how hard it really is. No one ever tells you that the first couple months are the hardest months of your life.
When I was pregnant nineteen years ago I wish my doctor had warned me I might be at risk for postpartum depression. Her words wouldn't have freaked me out, they would have helped me cope when the darkness did indeed hit.
Dear Mom Who Feels Unappreciated, There is post after post on the difficulty of raising children full time. Most of them try to laugh it off, even ...
What are you doing right now? Are you letting someone help you?
This messaging -- that unless you drop the baby weight, hide your stretch marks, tone up the loose skin, and meticulously maintain your vagina you are the worst kind of slacker -- is beyond demoralizing, it's downright dangerous.
Rather than experiencing the joy, excitement and anticipation often synonymous with pregnancy, they instead are marred by persistent, functionally debilitating symptoms of depression and/or anxiety -- symptoms that we designate as antenatal, since they occur within pregnancy.
Mental health screening during pregnancy would be of immense value to every mom. Women with a family history of bipolar disorder could be observed postpartum, and if symptoms manifested they'd be treated immediately. It's imperative that doctors and other caregivers assess women not only for postpartum depression but also bipolar symptoms.