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Filed Under:Mental Health / Postpartum Depression
Posts on Regator:253
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Archived Since:September 22, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Success….and oh what a feeling it brings!

Further to my pre-Christmas post. And I must say I do feel as exuberant as the picture depicts.  WOO HOO!!!  :) Learned a few things from studying for the two exams I had doubts about passing.  If your inner voice says “I’m not sure,” then make sure you have a counter inner-voice that says “You […]

Happy Holiday Greetings

Just had a rare spotting of 4 gorgeous blue jays in the year…..a good omen, I believe, as today is the winter equinox. HAPPY WINTER EQUINOX, all! The good news I’d like to share is that I passed my exam on Friday!  After six months of studying for two exams, I am finally done.  No […]

Life is One Gigantic Sandbox

Re-sharing an old post because something has been on my mind and I needed to get it off my chest….and wouldn’t you know, I wrote the post, coincidentally, about the same time last year…in the fall, as the leaves were turning with the approach of dreaded winter.  Click here to check out that post. “It’s […]

Temporary Sabbatical from Blogging

Back in July, I knew I was taking a break from blogging.  Had I realized I wasn’t going to post at all for three whole months–the longest break I’ve ever taken from blogging– I would’ve blogged about “Going on a Temporary Sabbatical from Blogging.”  It’s the fastest three months I can recall!   And it’s not […]

Beautiful, Troubled Path – A Poem by Stacy M

Stacy M. wrote this poem one year after her first postpartum depression (PPD) meltdown/hospitalization.  She wrote it as a reflection of the obstacles she hadn’t expected becoming a mom would entail, including a devastating pregnancy loss.  Despite the deeply wounding obstacles she came across, she never gave up.  She felt so broken during her  hospitalization, […]

Why I Blog and What Social Media Means for Me

I am a part of the way through something I am working on this summer that is causing me to have no time to follow the over 500 Facebook pages whose news appears on my feed on a daily basis that takes, easily, up to 4 hours a day to read through. A couple of […]

Thank You, New York Times, for Your Recent Coverage on Maternal Mental Health

These past couple of weeks have been a blur of work and plans for celebrating a couple of milestones in my life. A little behind, as I usually don’t blog about such meaningful news relating to maternal mental health a couple weeks after they occur, here I am today, taking a quick break from what […]

Why Do People Feel Compelled to Bully and Cyberbully, Anyway?

Does bullying make you feel better about you, as a person? Does cyberbullying make you feel more powerful, knowing you have X number of followers/friends (or shall I say groupies) that will jump at your beck and call and support you without question?  Even if what you are doing is tearing someone else down?  Picture a […]

Out from the Shadows – Article in Women Magazine

Taking a moment to post a quick blurb about the article “Out from the Shadows” in the June 2014 edition of Women Magazine.  Thank you, Diana Price, for including my story in this wonderfully informative article on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD).  The articles touches on key points to try to increase awareness of […]

Thoughts of Suicide and the Taboo of Discussing It

I think the title of my post speaks for itself, but just in case, I will add a trigger warning… This post may be triggering if you are are emotionally vulnerable right now Below is an excerpt from a recent Facebook post over at the Angel Rehteah Facebook page I’ve been following since last […]

Fixing a Broken System of Stigma and Mommy Wars With Each Other, Not Against Each Other

This post may be triggering if you are suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) and are sensitive to negative news events This blog post is a response to the articles in the media regarding the tragedy involving Carol Coronado, the Torrance mother with 3 young children, ages 2 months, 2 years and 3 years.  Read […]

There Is No Hope for Society If We Don’t Stop the Stigma and Open Our Eyes

This post may be triggering if you are suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) and are sensitive to negative news events Stopppppppppppppp! Times like this, I just want to make all of it stop.  The stigma.  The Mommy Wars.  The hateful zealotry of people so obsessed with their views of how motherhood should be […]

Postpartum Support International’s 2014 Blog Hop – Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

May is a special month for postpartum mood disorder (PPMD) survivors.  Why?  Because it is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month! And I’m participating in the 2nd annual Postpartum Support International (PSI) blog hop!  The topic of the blog hop is Perinatal Mood Disorders: What Helped Me Recover: Self, Family & Community Resources. If you are […]

Upcoming PPD Awareness Events

The purpose of today’s post is to highlight three of the NUMEROUS events occurring in the next two months….in the order in which they will occur, they are: Shining a Light on Postpartum Depression: The Role of Programs, Policy and Public Health – A Community Forum When: Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 7:00 pm to […]

The Irony Behind Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Mama

Though it’s less common among kind mamas, some women experience the blues after giving birth. – Alicia Silverstone You heard that right.  Now, this, I rank right up there with Tom Cruise’s ignorant ranting “There’s no such thing as a chemical balance!”  I found out yesterday that Alicia Silverstone has written a book titled “The […]

Sounds of Silence Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York. 7th Annual Run/Walk – May 10, 2014

Join the Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York’s 7th annual run/walk to help raise funds in the effort to increase awareness of perinatal mood disorders, such as postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum OCD, and postpartum psychosis.   Not only is this for an excellent cause, it will be a nice opportunity to […]

Things Your OB/GYN Won’t Tell You But Should

Lately, I’ve been having a hard time picking what topic to blog about in the little time that I have to blog.  Nowadays, something I read in my Facebook feed has to really spark my interest in a big way.  Today, I stumbled across this HuffPo article “6 Things Your Ob-Gyn Won’t Tell You But […]

Let’s Face It, Your Kids Can’t Avoid Bullies and Mean Kids – But You Can Help Them Develop Problem Solving Skills

You’re going to have to excuse me, but I’m going to get something off my chest. DAMN I am so tired of feeling devastated, seeing the constant posts of children taking their own lives.  Reading about teen suicides that seem to be occurring more and more frequently is truly heartbreaking. 11 year old Michael Morones […]

Lovely Book Review Over at Resplendent by Design

A friend of a friend, Bobbi Parish, therapist and author of the blog Resplendent by Design and book “Create Your Own Sacred Text” has written a very lovely book review of my book “One Mom’s Journey to Motherhood.”  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, Bobbi, for taking the time out of your very […]

#Stigma, Social Media, and 5 Steps to Freedom

Originally posted on Stigmama:I have a confession. One year I volunteered over 2,000 hours at my children’s school. Yes, I was one of those moms. From wearing an orange vest directing carpool in the morning, Xeroxing homework packets for the teachers, and planning the Spring Auction, I chose to put everything into public displays…

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