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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

Surviving the Darkness

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 Depression: Heidi’s Story

Finding a supportive therapist who understands maternal mental illness, such as postpartum depression, can be tough. Add that to the fact that many therapists aren’t covered by insurance or insurance plans have high deductibles, and it’s little wonder many parents don’t follow through with therapy. Therapy can be so helpful, yet it’s not a viable… Read More Surviving Postpartum Depression: Heidi’s Story

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Surviving Prenatal and Postpartum Depression: Vanessa’s Story

We hear a lot about postpartum mental illnesses, but the truth is, mental illness can arise during pregnancy as well. Prenatal depression. Antenatal depression. Pregnancy depression. Whatever you call it, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates 14-23% of women will struggle with depression during pregnancy. Vanessa was one of them, and I’m… Read More Surviving Prenatal and Postpartum Depression: Vanessa’s Story