Moms with Postpartum Depression Don't Kill People

It doesn’t matter who she is, what her history is, or how old her child is.  If a mother commits a crime or does harm, postpartum depression will be mentioned within minutes. Not 24 hours after Connecticut mother Miriam Carey showed up in DC in her black Infiniti and started ramming barriers at the White House and U.S. Capitol, PPD initially was named as the cause. ...more
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What Ms. B. Monaghan Taught Me About Taking A Stand

When Ms. B. Monaghan’s American Thought & Language class began, my fellow Michigan State University students and I were directed to obtain a three-ring presentation binder.  On the cover of the binder we were to write the title “My Power In My Hand.”  Inside the binder, on page 2, we were to type the general objective of our class: “To become intelligent and compassionate observers of, and participate in, the great human drama going on around us and within us.”...more

Hey Bloggers! I Want More Shine

This is me, on Twitter, this afternoon, sort of losing it:"Everybody here trying to help others just needs to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Ignore the haters. cc: @dooce @mom101 @lovethatmax""IGNORE!!""Say it with me now: IGNORE! I IGNORE YOU, HATERS! Gonna keep doing what I do, & trying to help, come what may.""Maybe we could write a song called 'I Ignore You, Haters'. Who's good with lyrics?""Ignore!" I think I'm going to start a new hashtag ... drumroll please ...#ignore...more

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On Blogging, Popularity Contests & Why I QUIT!

Last night I received an email telling me I'm up for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Mental Wellness Blogs. You'd think that would make me happy, but it didn't really. In fact, I immediately felt sad once I understood what was involved. ...more

Taking Back Happiness

Bloggers Hollee Schwartz Temple at TheNewPerfect.com and Meagan Francis at TheHappiestMom have just published new books on happiness.  Katherine Stone, who writes about women’s emotional health at Postpartum Progress and ParentDish, sat down to talk to them about life’s holy grail. ...more

I've been a fan, of The Happiest Mom, for a while. Thank you, for such a great ...more

Does Depression Make Dads Spank Their 1-Year-Olds?

What is common is for the media to infer is that depressed parents abuse their children. This kind of thing always happens when stories come out about the negative effects of postpartum depression. It's not that there aren't any negative effects. There are. We can't ignore them. In fact, we really need to talk about them, not to make women who suffer feel guilty, but to make them aware that avoiding treatment is not an option. ...more

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Schoolchildrens' "spanking" related injuries (WARNING - These ...more

Time Takes Stigma To the Max With "Psychotic Nut Job" Mothers

Yesterday I happened upon a story from Time magazine’s Healthland on the results of research into why women kill their newborns. The first three sentences shocked me so much, I couldn't read further to learn about the study: ...more

Thank you for addressing this. People don't understand what can lead a woman to harm or kill her ...more

Learning the Stages of Postpartum Depression

I was thinking about the experience of going through PPD as seen through the lens of the famed "5 Stages of Grief," the process people go through when dealing with grief and tragedy, developed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss psychiatrist who wrote the book On Death and Dying. Could we look at the process of going through postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety in a similar way? I think so....more

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25 Things You Should Never Say to A Mom With Postpartum Depression or Anxiety

This week at my blog Postpartum Progress, I wrote a post called 20 Things I Never Want to Hear or Read Again, Postpartum Depression Edition.  I was inspired to write it after reading similar posts from Arwyn at Raising My Boychick whose list focused on parental judgment, and Kristen at Birthing Beautiful Ideas whose list focused on pregnancy and childbirth. ...more
I think the don't tell anyone, they might think you're crazy is the primary response that drove ...more

You Could Save A Life Today: World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.  You may not think suicide is common, but you'd be wrong.  The Suicide Prevention Action Network USA states that suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States, and that nearly 800,000 suicide attempts are made every year. ...more

My husband committed suicide five years ago leaving behind me and our four children. Our lives ...more