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Filed Under:Mental Health / Postpartum Depression
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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

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Thanksgiving Survival Tips

Before I experienced Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and depression, I will admit my self-care during my adult life was nearly non-existent. I still had interests, hobbies, things I loved to do, but I didn’t put any of it into practice on a regular basis. Show More Summary

Six Things to Say to Your Loved One with PPD

As I continue to use my voice as an advocate for moms who are struggling with PPD, I keep returning to the same questions that my family asked me.  How could we have helped?  What could we have said that would help you get help sooner?...Show More Summary

BabyCenter Finds PPD Moms Don’t Seek Help Due To Guilt & Shame

BabyCenter®, the number one pregnancy and parenting digital resource, recently asked 1,400 moms about their experience with postpartum depression and found that 40% said they didn’t seek medical help for their illness. Their reasonsShow More Summary

Minority Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Survey

Postpartum Progress is hard at work behind the scenes to improve our support and inclusion of minority and underserved women in our community outreach and engagement. While we often feature stories on the blog from mothers of color and...Show More Summary

Postpartum Depression Screening is More Than Just a Questionnaire

I was one of the lucky mothers who was screened for postpartum depression after the birth of my child. My daughter’s pediatrician administered the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale to me at my daughter’s first few check-ups. Unfortunately,...Show More Summary

Mental Illness & The Tyranny of Forms

I was recently contacted by a Warrior Mom, one who sought and received treatment for her PPD as one should, who had to fill out some forms for something that is very important to her family.  As she was filling out one particular form...Show More Summary

How The VA Healthcare System Can Help Pregnant and Postpartum Veterans pt.2

Yesterday I wrote part one of my experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs mental healthcare system as a pregnant mother and veteran, giving my initial suggestion as to how they can improve their quality of care. You can read...Show More Summary

How The VA Healthcare System Can Help Pregnant and Postpartum Veterans, pt. 1

I’m what the Department of Veteran Affairs call a “100% service-connected OEF/OIF disabled veteran.” As such, I am entitled to a host of benefits, the most comprehensive being that of healthcare. When I first separated from the Air Force...Show More Summary

Support for Military Moms with Postpartum Mood Disorders

On this Veteran’s Day, the Postpartum Progress community would like to send out a giant thank you to all of our brave and dedicated military men and women, as well as a special note of thanks to the families who continue to make sacrifices on the home front. Show More Summary

Warrior Mom Book Club: Inconsolable by Marrit Ingman

The following is a conversation between members of the Warrior Mom Book Club after reading Inconsolable by Marrit Ingman, the latest in our maternal-mental-health-related reads. You can visit the author’s website at Show More Summary

When PPD Makes It Hard to Bond with Your Baby

In the delivery room back in 2005, I remember that blissful hour after our son was born when the doctors and nurses left the room to allow my husband and me to bond with our newborn baby boy. I was exhausted, but not in pain, thanks to my epidural. Show More Summary

Perinatal Mental Health Hero

I recently was introduced to a Labor & Delivery nurse who is making a huge impact on the state of perinatal mental health care pathways. I could feel the passion come through in her voice as we spoke a few weeks ago on the phone for nearly two hours about what she was doing to […] The post Perinatal Mental Health Hero appeared first on Postpartum Progress.         

Triggers and How They Affect Recovery

Knowing is half the battle. I found this to ring true in my experience with managing my mental illness during my pregnancies and postpartum. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1 in 2006. It took over a year for me to find the right psychiatrist,...Show More Summary

Arm Yourself with Information

A guest post by Kristin Shaw When I was going through a divorce in 2004, I was sad, hurt, angry, and I cried a lot. A whole lot. I prayed to make the pain stop, and I would call my mother sobbing. “I can’t take this, Mom,” I would say. I’m sure her heart was […] The post Arm Yourself with Information appeared first on Postpartum Progress.         

6 Ways You Can Be an Empowered Patient During Pregnancy When You Have Bipolar Disorder

When we found out I was pregnant (far sooner than we had planned), my husband and I decided right away that no matter what course of treatment  we decided upon after speaking with my doctors, our number 1 priority was my mental health. Show More Summary

Let’s Rewind: The Isolation of Motherhood pt. 2

Parenthood is, in a lot of ways, just a bunch of sleepless nights bleeding into long days. That sounds kind of bleak, but I’m not sure there’s a more complex state of being than that of being a parent. You’re always being pulled in multiple directions and overcome with conflicting emotions. Show More Summary

Let’s Rewind: The Isolation of Motherhood

Liz Bauman is an American wife, mom, and writer living in Weisbaden, Germany. When she’s not camped out behind her computer screen, she quests for castles, plays Dungeons and Dragons, and drinks a lot of tea. Earl Grey. Hot. She’s also...Show More Summary

Handling Negative Comments with Postpartum Depression

One of the most difficult aspects to my Postpartum depression and anxiety were the negative comments. When someone would ask me how I could be so sad when I had a beautiful baby, my spirits would sink. My guilt would compound and I would berate myself. Show More Summary

Overcoming Resistance in Therapy

Changing our habits is one of the most conscientious things we do in our lives. It’s more than training yourself to drink eight glasses of water, or to exercise for an hour each day. Changing our habits means retraining our minds, not just our bodies. Show More Summary

Depression setback or just a bad day?

Many people who have experienced depression (of any sort) know what it feels like when you start slipping. That’s how I’ve always described it – it generally isn’t really one giant, fell-swoop sort of crash, but more like that feeling...Show More Summary

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