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Surviving the Darkness

Are you a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD) survivor? Would you like to share your story in hopes it will help another family and crush the stigma associated with mental health? If you answered “YES” to both of those questions, I’d love to interview you for Surviving the Darkness. This blog series strives to… Read More Surviving the Darkness

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Surviving the Darkness: Interviews with PMAD Survivors

If I asked you to name the top complications women develop during the perinatal period (pregnancy through one year postpartum) what would your answers be? Gestational Diabetes? Hypertensive disorders? Anemia? Was perinatal depression on that list? What if I asked you to name the top causes of perinatal deaths, how would you respond? Hemmorage? Hypertensive disorders? Infection? Did suicide cross… Read More Surviving the Darkness: Interviews with PMAD Survivors

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Surviving Postpartum Bipolar Disorder: Dyane’s Story

Today’s Surviving the Darkness interview is with author Dyane Harwood, a postpartum bipolar disorder survivor. Bipolar disorder can look a lot like depression, but what sets it apart is extreme mood swings a person experiences. 1) Tell us a bit about yourself: I live in the beautiful, redwood, (and mountain lion-filled!) Santa Cruz Mountains in… Read More Surviving Postpartum Bipolar Disorder: Dyane’s Story

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Surviving Postpartum Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Trait: Emily’s Story

I am very excited to welcome Emily, our first mom to be interviewed for the Surviving the Darkness series. Emily is a postpartum anxiety and postpartum obsessive compulsive personality trait survivor. I met Emily through the Climb Out of the Darkness leader Facebook group we are part of and I’m honored to share her story… Read More Surviving Postpartum Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Trait: Emily’s Story