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Part One: Recovering from birth trauma

Part One: Recovering from birth trauma

 

 

Betty was feeling very down, anxious and disconnected. She had given birth to her third child just twelve weeks ago! Her new baby was a joy. He was beautiful and perfect. And so much work as well!  Betty had never missed sleep so much in her life! He was her second baby, her first son. She thought she should feel very happy.  But she just felt empty. There was so much work to do, so much laundry and so much responsibility!  She was crying often and felt distant from her family: her baby,  her other child  and her husband.

She felt happiness sometimes, but often felt removed from her life, like she was standing outside her body.  Her husband researched some therapists she could try to see close to her home. At the urging of her husband and her mother, she called three and settled on someone who was trained in perinatal mood disorders and trauma therapies.

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#SuicidePrevention – We Love You

You are sorely missed…

You matter more than you think…

There is always another way….

I guess you all know by now that the two celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, took their own lives this past week.  Of course, these two celebrities were not in my social circle, but their deaths affected me. As a person and as a therapist, of course I understand that wealth and success don’t inoculate a person from suffering and suicidal thoughts. And, still….

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Does Clara have Anxiety or PTSD?

 

Clara had an accident about two years ago.  She had slipped on the ice in her driveway,  fallen and as a result, gotten a concussion. She then struggled with post-concussion syndrome, enduring neck pain, headaches and awful vertigo spells. She took lots of time and effort in going to multiple doctors trying to get help, including a neurologist.

 

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Sexual Assault and the Politics of Power

 

For centuries, survivors of sexual assault weren’t able to speak out.  The people in power in the dominant culture shamed victims of these violent acts  into silence and, perversely, even blamed them.

Today, women and other disenfranchised groups have gained access to stronger human, financial and political rights and are speaking out.  Over the past century, women acquired an array of legally binding equal rights.  Women having such legally acknowledged rights as voting,  property and credit rights shifted the balance of power in society. The stigma of higher education for women was also slowly lifted.  The first female Supreme Court judge, Sandra Day O’Connor, was appointed in 1984.  Currently, women hold influential positions in corporations and in politics. This shift in the balance of power gives women a larger voice and influenced society’s attitudes about sexual assault.  But even today, many are afraid to speak out. Only 19% of the 535 seats of the US Congress are held by women, while the women comprise 50.8% of the US population. Read the rest of this entry »

#StopSuicide & DBT Distress Tolerance Skills Overview

#STOPSUICIDE

I’m blogging about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

DistressTolerance Sign

My last post was a general overview about what DBT is and the people DBT can help.

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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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14 Tips for Mamas with Past Sexual Abuse

This article originally appeared in Postpartum Progress.

Cristi Motto Comes of Motherhood Unadorned are over at Postpartum Progress today talking about past sexual abuse and how it can affect the emotions of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  

Mend a broken heart

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