Posts Tagged ‘Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month’

Book Review: Birth of a New Brain by Dyane Harwood

 

Dyane Leshin-Harwood, mother, professional freelance writer and thriving! Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder after the birth of her second daughter. Photo courtesy of Dyane Leshin-Harwood.

Dyane Harwood is my June 2018 shero.

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Facing the reality of postpartum depression

Postpartum depression changed my life.

I let my postpartum depression go untreated for a long time after I gave birth and I shouldn’t have done that, I suffered needlessly and caused my husband to suffer needlessly. I did go to a therapist, who very kindly referred me to a female psychiatrist (over and over again!).But, I refused to go see this psychiatrist, as I was nursing my son. My nursing times with him were the best times of the day, it was soothing to relax, sit down, and just feel the love between us! And I did not want to expose him to any form of medication through my breastmilk, especially not daily antidepressants!

Back then, 17 years ago, there wasn’t much perer-reviewed research literature published regarding the risks and safety of different psychotropic medications for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Now,  you can easily access accurate, succinct, and professional consumer information about pregnancy, breastfeeding and psychotropic medications on the Mother to Baby website , which is a website run by teratogen specialists. There is a mountain of information, plus free, live counseling with a teratogen specialist,  that can help you make an informed decision with your doctor.

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#PSIBlog Hop Guest Post: Megan Daley: Putting Down the Mask

Guest Post Today! Megan Daley!

This year again I have the honor of hosting Megan Daley!  Megan discusses her challenges with  perinatal mood disorders twice in her lifetime. She is presently pregnant with her third child. She talks about her concerns in this pregnancy for her postpartum health and how she is proactively creating a personal postpartum plan. To help others, Megan outlines resources that helped her through her dark times. She says:

“The most important thing I ever did was finally put down the mask.”

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#PSIBlog Hop Guest Post: Dyane Leshin-Harwood’s Story of Hope & Recovery from Bipolar Disorder

Guest Post! Nationally Recognized Author Dyane Leshin-Harwood!

Dyane Leshin-Harwood, mother, professional freelance writer and thriving! Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder after the birth of her second daughter. She has published nationally about mental health and is working on a book.  Photo courtesy of Dyane Leshin-Harwood.

Dyane Leshin-Harwood, mother, professional freelance writer and thriving! Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder after the birth of her second daughter. She has published nationally about mental health and is working on a book. Photo courtesy of Dyane Leshin-Harwood.

Today I have the honor of hosting Dyane Leshin-Harwood’s story of postpartum onset of bipolar disorder. Her story is incredibly inspiring.  I had tears in my eyes as I read her gutsy story! I guarantee so will you! Please join me in welcoming Dyane’s contribution to the Postpartum Support International’s 2014 Blog Hop! Here’s her story!

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Link Up: PSI 2014 Blog Hop – Perinatal Mood Disorders: What Helped Me Recover: Self, Family & Community Resources

An Invitation to YOU!

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Postpartum Support International’s 2014

Second Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month Blog Hop!

2014 Theme:

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Link Up: 2014 PSI Blog Hop

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Link Up: PSI 2013 Blog Hop

PSI Blog Hop Badge by Lauren Hale

PSI Blog Hop Badge by Lauren Hale

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