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Radical Acceptance Can Help Set You Free From PPD

I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to convince ourselves that our problems will go away. Or they aren’t that serious. Or that it’s someone else’s fault we have them. Or that they don’t even exist. Sometimes we end up being the biggest...Show More Summary

Thank You, Black-Ish, for Your “Mother Nature” Episode on Postpartum Depression

When I saw the announcement on my feed yesterday morning that that evening’s episode of Black-ish was going to be about postpartum depression (PPD)–and on World Mental Health Day, no less–I was so excited.  And skeptical at the same time.  Why skeptical?  Because first of all, this is a sitcom.  As far as I’m aware, […]

Two Important PPD Studies

Since my last blog post, I thankfully haven’t been insane with work as I’d been in earlier weeks.  Truthfully, I’ve just been lazy.  It’s like my body is finally letting me be relaxed and not doing much, for once in who knows how long that I’ve honestly lost track.  I am still in the process […]

Grounded: Try This When Depression Throws You Off Center

Depression (or anxiety) is a thief that comes up behind you and slugs you, just whams you one right in the spine, throwing you off center so violently you feel permanently tilted off your axis. Once off center, direction becomes confusing. Show More Summary

Wake-up call for new moms who feel “off” for days after childbirth (and family members of these moms)

I’m finally blogging again after a slight reprieve from being unbelievably busy for weeks with work and then vacation and then feverishly cleaning my house for guests coming over (if I had more time to clean regularly cleaning wouldn’t be such a big deal).  Also, I am in the process of slowly transitioning off of […]

You have to break through the uncomfortable…Why? Because mothers are dying from postpartum mood disorders

You have to break through the uncomfortable…..We are losing a silent battle that no one wants to talk about. Amen!  These are the words Brian Gaydos utters when people ask what happened to his beloved wife, Shelane, and his answer “She died from a disease called postpartum depression” makes them uncomfortable.  Discomfort from stigma is […]

Colic, Sleep Deprivation, Inadequate Support as Risk Factors for PPD

Just a quick post about colic, sleep deprivation, and inadequate support for the new mom as key risk factors for postpartum depression (PPD). There are many topics I want to blog about, but it’s another case of too many ideas, not enough time. Since these risk factors make up some of the pieces of the […]

Colic as a Risk Factor for PPD

Just a quick post about colic and its involvement with postpartum depression (PPD). There are many topics I want to blog about, but it’s another case of too many ideas, not enough time. Since colic is one of the pieces of the puzzle of my PPD experience, and since the Babble post titled “DR. HARVEY […]

If Only I Had Known – Part II

Today, I decided to continue with the “If Only I Had Known” theme from my first post 5-1/2 years ago in which I had blogged about a prior abdominal procedure to remove a dermoid cyst as a likely cause of infertility due to scar tissue formation.  What prompted me to write another If Only I […]

Why is it still so damn hard for moms to find help for postpartum mood disorders?

We are in the 21st century.  It is now 2017.  We have someone leading the country and the GOPs in trying to make it even harder for people to get access to healthcare, and in particular, mental healthcare.  Check out the articles “How Trumpcare Will Affect Moms Fighting Postpartum Depression” and Psychology Today’s “How Trumpcare […]

The Recovery Letters

I just realized I haven’t posted for over a month, since the end of May!  Wow, where did June go?!  I posted on Facebook not long ago that I vowed to somehow make the most of the summer–my favorite season–because before you know it we will be in depressing winter again. This is just a […]

Wrapping up Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month: Interview with Lindsay Lipton Gerszt on the Documentary “When the Bough Breaks”

Introduction: This film primarily follows the journey to recovery for Lindsay Lipton Gerszt.  It also includes interviews of celebrity mothers (i.e., co-producer Tanya Newbould, Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips, celebrity chef AartiShow More Summary

A Reminder to New Moms: Get Outside As Much As You Can

If you’re a new mom and seeing this blog post, then I’m glad, cuz this post was written with you in mind! There is a reason–actually, reasons–why people say you need to get outside as much as you can after you’ve recovered from childbirth. Sunlight is good for you. Click here for a post about […]

ONE MOM’S REFLECTION FOR MOTHER’S DAY

This is a post a mom wanted to share on my blog anonymously.  Thank you, mama, for sharing your experience!  ? ? ? ??????????????? To think of moments like this that I would have missed had I just given up. If I had let the mental illness win. After my twins my postpartum depression/postpartum anxiety […]

Happy Mother’s Day 2017

Dear Mama- If you’re visiting my blog, I just want to let you know that you are not alone in your postpartum experience. You may feel like you are alone.  But you aren’t. I am a PPD survivor.  There are MANY PPD survivors.  I am here for you.  There are many PPD survivors out there […]

Dear Evan Hansen: The Broadway Musical That Connects Us All

Congratulations to Dear Evan Hansen for its Tony Award nominations!  From the time I first heard Ben Platt sing “Waving Through A Window” weeks before the show even hit Broadway, I decided I had to see the show as soon as it came out.  So see it I did during previews in November 2016.  AND […]

The First Center of its Kind in New Jersey

As I mentioned a few days ago, I took the day off because  I needed to witness the grand opening of the very first center of its kind in my home state: The Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Center at Monmouth Medical Center.           After paying this center a visit personally and […]

Heading into Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month with a Bang

Just like this time last year, I’ve come across so many things on my Facebook feed in the past few days that I’m just going to highlight all the exciting work, developments, other mothers’ experiences, and upcoming events all in one post.  As I stumble across more articles this month, I will add them to […]

The Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Center at Monmouth Medical Center – Grand Opening on May 4, 2017

Announcing the Grand Opening of The Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Center at Monmouth Medical Center (MMC)!  This is such an exciting development for New Jersey that I’m taking the day off from work to attend this grand opening to meet the program’s multi-disciplinary team of experts and clinicians certified by Postpartum Support International. When: […]

The Fed is Best Onesie Drive – Now til May 13, 2017

I have previously blogged (click here and here) about the importance of a baby being fed….whether they are breastfed, bottle fed with pumped milk or formula, or a combination thereof–what matters is they are adequately fed. Period. Partly because my focus has been on other things and also because it’s been over 11 years since […]

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