Category Archives: #PPDChat

#PPDChat 04.11.16: Power of Peer Support

#PPDChat 4.11.16: Power of Peer Support 9pm on TwitterIn honor of National Volunteer Week, tonight’s #PPDChat will highlight the power of peer support in the lives of women and families journeying to heal from Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders.

Peer support matters. It’s the “me, too” we hear when we can’t hear anything else. It’s the “you’re not alone in this” when you can’t find any hope anywhere. It’s the hand reaching toward you as you fight against the darkness threatening to swallow you whole. It’s the sunshine that breaks through when you need it most, washing your soul in hope.

Every story matters, every voice matters, every experience matters. Peer support validates so many aspects of the fight against Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. How powerful is peer support?

Look at the #PPDChat community.

Check out Postpartum Progress, Postpartum Support International, and so many other volunteer based support programs for Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders literally changing the landscape of what support looks like for women and families on a daily basis.

Tonight, we talk about all of it. So please, join us, as we celebrate the uniqueness that makes us all matter on this journey.

#PPDChat 04.04.16: Navigating Myths & Stigma

Navigating PPD Myths & Stigma 9pm ET Twitter“It’s the happiest time of your life!”

“Why can’t you just get up?”

“Sleep it off.”

“Get over it.”

“You’re just being lazy.”

“It’s all in your head.”

“Oh, I didn’t have time to be depressed when I was a mother.”

These are just a few of the myths and stigmas we hear as mamas who struggle with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Things we need to battle against in addition to our already exhausting battle just to get our basic needs handled for ourselves and our families.

Tonight, during #PPDChat, we’ll be giving you a platform to exhale and let all of this out – to show what we fight against isn’t just all in our head. That it’s real, it’s frustrating, and we aren’t choosing depression – it’s more like depression wrapped itself around us and is slowly choking the life out of us.

So bring your myths. Bring the stigma you’ve encountered. Bring it ALL. Let it out and we’ll address all of it, together.

See you tonight at 9pm ET on Twitter, you strong mamas, you!

#PPDChat 03.28.16: Dance Party!

Dance Party! Join us to share your favorite groovy happy tunes! PARTY PEEEEOOOPPPPLLLEEEE!!!!

You do NOT want to miss tonight’s #PPDChat because we are gonna be grooving!

Tonight, we will be collectively putting together a groovy playlist on Spotify just for #PPDChat! Have songs that get your heartbeat going? Suggest it. One that brings you up out of a funk? Share it. One that you just like to dance to in your kitchen while no one watches? ABSOLUTELY tell us ALL ABOUT IT.

Oh? And if you have a Spotify account? The playlist is collaborative so you can add tunes beyond tonight!

We’re gonna party like it’s 1999 tonight. Why? Because music moves mood. Always has. We will not only be creating the playlist, but exploring the science behind how music moves mood. Can’t WAIT to see you there!

Tonight, 9pm ET. Be there or be square!

#PPDChat 03.14.16: Fighting the Rage Monster

Fighting the Rage Monster, #PPDChat Topic 3-14-16. 830pm on TwitterRage.

It happens to the best of us. It is also one of the symptoms of a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder which finds many moms and surprises them. The intensity. The depth. The sudden onset, as if it is a cat waiting around a corner to pounce at any moment.

Tonight’s chat will focus specifically on the issue of rage. How to recognize it as a symptom, what you can do to handle it, and how to educate those around you about this symptom which isn’t discussed nearly enough.

Whenever postpartum rage is discussed within our community, there is typically an overwhelming response. This response is a predictable “Me too!” or “I had NO idea the anger I experienced was a symptom of depression!” This is why it is important to discuss.

For me, rage attacked often. I found myself snapping for no reason at everyone around me – at my kids, my partner, the dogs…not even knowing why I was suddenly filled with this unstoppable flow of red hot rage. It went as quickly as it arrived most times. Sometimes, it hung around for a bit and faded slowly like a sunset. But whenever it was around, I found myself exhausted by its very presence. I wouldn’t say I tolerated it as much as I endured it. Slowly, I learned how to push it away as soon as it popped so much as a toe through the door to my brain but it took quite a bit for me to get to that point.

I sincerely hope you will join us tonight for this important discussion. I look forward to shining a bright light on the symptom that is rage and hearing how everyone approaches it and sends it on its merry way. See you this evening at 830pm ET, y’all!

#PPDChat 03.07.16: PPD Around the World

PPDChat 03-07-16Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders affect women all around the world. Today, we’ll be examining motherhood, Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders, and how they are handled on a global scale.

Why is it important to consider a global understanding of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders? It is important because in understanding how various cultures treat and handle this issue, we may pick up methods to treat Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders in our own lives.

Tonight’s chat has been pushed back to 8:30pm ET. See you on Twitter!

#PPDChat: 02.29.16: The Great Medication Debate

PPDChat 2-29-16No, we’re not going to tell you if you should medicate or not. But we will be discussing the various methods women use to treat their Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. Everything from natural to pharmaceutical medication. The methods vary just as greatly as the women who end up in battle with a Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder. Yet, many of these women still find themselves judged for whatever method they choose. You know what? It’s all about finding what WORKS for you, not what works for those around you and makes them feel better. They’re not the ones inside your heads.

Please join me tomorrow evening for this chat. We’ll let it all hang out – vent away about any judging you have received, how stigma may or may not have kept you away from a certain method, or what kind of surprising support you received – we’ll be there to hear ALL of it. Because in the end, we’re all just moms who want to get back to living and loving our lives.

See you on Twitter at 8pm ET, y’all!

#PPDChat 02.22.16: After PPD

PPDChat 02-22-16, PPDSo much focuses on how to get through PPD.

But what about AFTER.

After the storm has cleared.

After you’ve stopped fighting every day for your mind to function properly.

After the fog of this stage has lifted and you’re no longer in survival mode.

What happens then?

When does the fog lift? What if it doesn’t? What about explaining why you crawled into a hole to people who ask what happened or where you have been? How do you adjust to your new normal?

Tonight, we’ll talk about all of this and more. What happens if you face further diagnoses after coming through a Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder, making friends after PPD, parenting after PPD, having kids after, lessons you’ve learned – we’ll talk about ALL of it.

I sincerely hope you’ll join us tonight at 8pm ET on Twitter for this very important chat. See you there!

#PPDChat 02.15.16: On Being the Village

PPDChat 02-15-16It takes a village to raise a child. We are not meant to raise our children on an island by ourselves, and yet, that is what motherhood has become for so many in this modern age. That’s not to say that Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders are a new fangled issue, nay, they have existed in tandem with motherhood for quite some time (even Hippocrates addressed the issue of mothers who went mad after childbirth).

Mothers need help. But often, their village is unprepared to help them when these mothers are struggling with challenges well beyond the scope of standard child-rearing issues. How do you help a mother who is fighting against the darkness of a Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder, exactly? What should you do? What shouldn’t you do?

We’ll examine this and more during tonight’s chat. I sincerely hope you will join us at 8pm ET on Twitter. See you there!

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LHYour journey hasn’t stranded you in the dark, I promise. It’s just thrown a plot twist your way. I skipped ahead. Brighter days are coming! How do I know for sure? Because I’ve been in that same darkness and come out on the other side. Some days, I fought harder than others. Some days? I didn’t fight at all. But more often than not, I fought. For myself. For my sanity. For motherhood. And now? I fight for others. I’m fighting for you, right now. You got this because you aren’t alone.

(Lauren Hale)