It’s been a tough week, to put it mildly.
So much is swirling around in our heads. So much has happened. So much that we don’t understand. So many emotions to battle with above and beyond the normal noise we struggle to navigate through on a day-to-day basis.
#PPDChat is back, y’all.
Tomorrow, we’ll be led by the fantastic @littlemamajama (Kristin Novotny) who will just BE with us as we let it all out. (I’ll pop in as I’m able as well) A HUGE thank you to Kristin for agreeing to host this chat on such short notice. I LOVE this community and how we have all been diving in to make sure everyone is supported. LOVE.
Things this chat WILL be for:
- Letting out how WE feel
- Sharing OUR struggles with what has occurred
- Holding each other up as we navigate forward
- Gentle suggestions on how to cope with negative feelings/difficult situations
Things this chat will NOT be for:
Join us tomorrow as we open up some space on Twitter to process and move forward.
See you there!
It’s been a long haul.
It’s saved lives.
It’s empowered so many.
Educated even more.
Brought women together who felt so alone and lost. Created lasting friendships.
In short, it’s been amazing.
Like all good things, it too, must come to an end.
There’s been a lull. And then work got crazy. So I haven’t run #PPDChat for quite some time now. And no one has said a thing. It’s time.
With Twitter on the downward spiral as well, it is definitely time.
There will be no more live #PPDChat sessions. We will keep the group on FB going. But, alas, there will be no more active weekly chats. I simply can’t keep up with it along with my current workload. It’s just not feasible. Anyone who knows me knows that I am massively true to walking the path I preach. Self-care is of the utmost importance to me and quite frankly, right now, I need all the self-care I can garner.
So adieu, to all those who have helped to create #PPDChat into what it is today. It is with a very heavy heart that I write this post as this, this outreach, has been my lifeblood for quite some time now. But like a whisper on the wind, it has faded, and the time has come.
I will always be here, always available. Always approachable. And always, always, full of love for those who are struggling to find answers and light in the dark.
Dads matter. Partners matter, period. Today, we’re focusing on Dads specifically because of the upcoming holiday, Father’s Day.
Dads are often the first ones to notice something isn’t quite right. They’re the ones on the front lines with us and their level of support (positive or negative) can seriously affect how well (and how quickly) a mom recovers from her Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder.
The kicker, however, is that dads are also susceptible to mood disorders of their own as they start out into fatherhood as well – and they’re at an even higher risk of this if mom has her own issues going on.
Tonight, we’ll be discussing a whole range of things involving the way Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders affect the family as a whole, with a specific focus on Dads. I hope you’ll join us at 9pm ET. See you then!
Mother’s Day is another time in a mother’s life when she’s expected to be all smiles, and filled to the brim with joy. After all, it’s a day dedicated solely to our lives – motherhood. But not all mothers are filled to the brim with joy on Mother’s Day. The gauntlet of emotions for many are rough – for many reasons. Everything from troubled relationships with their own mothers, to child loss, to mental illness, to separation or alienation with their own children – the gauntlet is real and it is a rough one to run.
Tonight, #PPDChat is providing a safe space for mothers to speak up about their experiences with emotions on Mother’s Day – to let them out and process them with others who understand how hard this day can be for all of us.
See you tonight at 9pm, ready to listen with an open heart. Much love to all Mothers who had a tough day yesterday, for whatever reason. You’re not alone.
In recognition of the month of May as Mental Health Awareness month as well as the month during which several states recognize Maternal Mental Health, we’re going to be going through the signs and symptoms of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders this evening. It’s a chat we do every so often because it is so important to be aware of many signs and symptoms of the disorders on included within the group of PMADs.
I truly hope you will join us tonight as we discuss this important topic as well as recognize the awareness days across the country. See you at 9pm ET!
Any one of us who has experienced an episode of any of the Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders has asked ourselves if we should have any more children.
Do we want to put ourselves through the emotional hell once more? Put our loved ones through it? Put our child through it? It’s a tough question – and one only you can answer.
Some go on to have more children while others join the “one and done” club. There’s no right or wrong answer here. You do what is right for you and your family. But there is grief. There is heartache. There’s the mourning of the child you wanted but won’t meet because you know, deep in your heart, you simply cannot tread back down that same path again.
I know because I have been there, at the mouth of that gaping path, trying to decide if I dare step foot upon it again. I did, and the first time back didn’t end well but the second time ’round (when I found myself on the path accidentally), didn’t go so badly. It’s different for every person and for EVERY pregnancy.
I sincerely hope you will join us tonight as we discuss the ups and downs of making the very personal decision to have another child after the roller-coaster of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders.
See y’all at 9pm ET!
Books are powerful things. Within their pages, there is wisdom. There’s wit. There’s whimsy. There’s sheer magic. Books are answers. They’re hope. They’re stigma busters. They’re the shimmer of light at the end of a tunnel.
This is why, today, #PPDChat is proud to announce the development of a Book for Moms program. Here’s how it will work – through Amazon, #PPDChat will purchase books related to Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders for any mom who requests it and can’t afford to make the purchase on her own. No mom should have to go without access to a book that may just help her see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel.
We need your help, though.
I’ve signed #PPDChat up for its very own Amazon account. The email associated is ppdchat(@) gmail (no dash between ppdchat). How can you help? Amazon now allows you to send allowances to people – so if you want to donate funds to help with these purchases (and I will provide documentation regarding purchases on a quarterly basis), all you have to do is send an allowance to #PPDChat using the email address above.
Right now, unfortunately, this isn’t a charitable donation but I hope to have 501(c)(3) status within the next 12 months at the very least so that in the future, this sort of thing will be a full charitable donation and we can expand the program even further.
Also, if you have written a book about Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders that is available through Amazon, let me know so I can add it to our list of available books.
The chat will focus not only on the new program but also on the value of books in the healing process, and what books have helped our current community members.
Let’s get going!
See you tonight at 9pm ET!
In 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.
“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!
You know I am a HUGE proponent of self-care. Huge. So when I run into someone else who is actively creating a community around this concept, particularly for mamas, I have to get them involved in #PPDChat. Because self-care is at the core of our philosophy here.
Today, I’m so thrilled that Graeme of @HonestlyMamaG will be joining us. I had the pleasure of meeting her at last year’s first maternal mental health patient centered conference held by Postpartum Progress. We’ve kept up via social media. Every Saturday, Graeme would post Self-care Saturday posts. My self-care, particularly on the weekends, has increased because of these posts. (I am also a huge proponent of walking the walk so if I post something, better believe I’m going to do it!)
She’s recently started Periscoping and a separate community specifically for self-care. When I asked if she’d be willing to do a #PPDChat to talk about it, she enthusiastically said YES.
I hope you’ll join us tonight as we discuss the importance of self-care as a woman, as a wife, as a mother, heck… as a human. See you on Twitter at 9pm ET, y’all!