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Surviving Perinatal Depression and Anxiety: Moinka’s Story

Perinatal mental illness can be hard to diagnose during pregnancy, as it’s sometimes written off as “Oh, you’re just pregnant.” When I was pregnant with G, I was told several times “You had a miscarriage, it’s normal to feel anxious” when my husband and I tried talking to our OB about how I was feeling.… Read More Surviving Perinatal Depression and Anxiety: Moinka’s Story

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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

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Surviving Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: Mariah’s Story

I am honored to share Warrior Mom Mariah’s story of surviving postpartum depression and anxiety with you all today. Mariah is another mom I met through a Facebook group for moms organizing Climb Out of the Darkness walks in their cities. Mariah is also a fellow NICU mom. Her experience of having to leave her… Read More Surviving Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: Mariah’s Story

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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