Head Vs. Heart: Why Postpartum Feelings Matter

My (baby) cousin gave birth to a beautiful baby girl this week. The night before her delivery, I got a text from her: “Is it normal not to be excited?” My heart sank a little. Just a smidge ....more

Authenticity Instead of Perfection

Authenticity is defined as real, not false or imitation. Original. Genuine ....more

You Can’t Tell A Mom Has Postpartum Depression By Looking

You can’t tell when a mother has postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD or PTSD just by looking at her. People assume it should be fairly...more

When You Are Thinking About Suicide

Suicide is a terrible thing. The loss of actor and comedian Robin Williams is a somber...more

Navigating Your Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder

Photo Credit: Yuki Ishikawa Photography via Compfight cc As a mom with bipolar disorder who blogs openly about my experiences surviving a postpartum mood disorder, people often ask my opinion on ways to deal with and manage their diagnosis. I am not a medical professional, so I hesitate to even answer these emails. But my […] The post Navigating Your Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress ....more

It’s Harmful to Pretend to be Supermom

Photo Credit: HamburgerJung via Compfight cc I remember all the feelings from when I had my first baby almost six years ago. Joy, utter disbelief at how we created something so freaking amazing, relief, exuberance, nervousness, exhaustion. But none was more harmful than the feeling of being invincible ....more

Quick (and Perhaps Obvious) Reminders About Self-Care

The number one mantra we must learn as recovering women is: the best way to care for everyone else is to care for you first. Sounds easy, right? From experience, I can say that as mamas, this is singlehandedly the hardest thing for most of us to learn ....more

Reward and Risk: My Decision to Stay On An SSRI During Pregnancy

Nearly two years to the day after my overdue diagnosis of postpartum depression and anxiety, I found myself pregnant and still on an SSRI. We had been trying; I had done my research, consulted my OB and my Pediatrician for their thoughts on wether or not I should taper off of my medication prior to […] The post Reward and Risk: My Decision to Stay On An SSRI During Pregnancy appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress. ...more

Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 2

Trigger Warning: This is part 2 of a 2 part story (part 1 can be read here) of my misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis after giving birth in 2009. This post contains some references and details about Postpartum OCD, Intrusive Thoughts, miscarriage, and D&C. If you are feeling particularly vulnerable and prone to triggers, you may […] The post Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 2 appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress ....more

Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 1

Trigger Warning: This is part 1 of a 2 part story of my misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis after giving birth in 2009. This post contains some references and details about Postpartum OCD and Intrusive Thoughts. If you are feeling particularly vulnerable and prone to triggers, you may want to avoid this post until a later […] The post Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 1 appeared first on postpartum depression | Postpartum Progress ....more