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#PPDChat 05.01.16: Just the PPD Facts

PPDChat Topic 05-01-16In 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!

#PPDChat 04.25.16: Babies after PPD

ppdchat 4-25-16Any 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!

#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 02.22.16: 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 02.01.16: NICU & Mental Health

NICU PPD February

My second daughter spent 21 days in the NICU. 21 long days. We had no idea there was an issue prior to her birth so the complications which arose were a complete shock. To go from expectations of a typical normal birth experience to one which involved a lengthy hospital stay and separation threw me for a total curve. The emotional roller coaster was not one I anticipated.

Tonight, we will discuss the emotional upheaval which occurs within families who spend time in the NICU, how parents can care for themselves, how NICU parents often delay treatment, and the crushing guilt which crashes down upon us in addition to any mental health challenges we are facing. We’ll also discuss knowing the difference between NICU stress/fatigue and PPD. It’s nuanced, but there is absolutely a difference.

I sincerely hope you will join us tonight at 8pm ET as we open up about the difficulty of navigating the NICU as a parent. See you on Twitter!

#PPDChat 01.04.16: Just The Facts – 8pm ET!

ppdchat 01-04-16 8pm ET Just The Facts http://twubs.com/ppdchatNew year, new time, back to just the facts.

#PPDChat moves to 8pm ET for 2016. 9pm is just a smidge too late for everyone, I think. Attendance really dropped off since changing the time so we’re going to try something new for this year.

Tonight, we’re doing what I like to call our “primer” chat – addressing signs and symptoms of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. Feel free to join us and hang out to learn all about what to look for not only in yourself but in those around you as well.

Hope to see you there!

#PPDChat: #EndPPDMyths with @HerStoriesTales

It’s almost here, y’all. Almost!

It has been killing me to keep this under wraps. Hold on to your hats because there’s a lot of info coming your way:

  • #PPDChat Announcement
  • Book Review
  • #EndPPDMyth Campaign
  • CONTEST (Yes, a CONTEST!)

Are you ready? Here we goooooo…..

 

PPDChat Mothering Darkness#PPDChat:

On Monday night, #PPDChat will be chatting with the fabulous Dr. Jessica Smock from @HerStoriesTales about the upcoming anthology, Mothering Through the Dark. Oh, and some of the contributors might just pop in. So you know you want to be there. Because this chat? This chat is going to be AHMAZING.

I use Twubs to keep up with chat. It makes things SO easy because it automatically adds the hashtag for you. Join our community! All you need is a Twitter account (and Internet)!

I’M SO EXCITEDfor Monday and hope to see you on Twitter at 9pm ET!!!!

MOTHERINGTHRUDARKAbout the Book

Mothering Through the Dark is a vivid and powerful anthology of essays from 35 amazing women writers who openly share their experiences as they navigated the world that is found in the dark valley of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. In the book, not only will you find hope and truth, but you will find candid and bold honesty. Each essay portrays the reality that is motherhood for so many who fight against the vortex of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. It is a book you need to have. It is a book that will make a difference in how women are heard and understood. I love that so many voices I know as well as new voices to me are in this book. I also love that so many more voices are bravely speaking up about these experiences. We will push stigma into a corner, together. I will caution, however, that if you are fragile or easily triggered, it may not be for you. Even though I am nearly a decade away from my last PMAD episode, I found myself immediately sucked back into several emotions because of the transparent and honest writing within the pages of this anthology.

In fact, there was one specific piece that hit me really hard, early in the book. It was during “A Different Shade of the Baby Blues” by Jill Robbins. On page 54, she writes about her reflection in the mirror:

“She had my hooked nose I’ve always hated and she was wearing my favorite purple sweater. But she didn’t look like me.

“She has no joy,” was the thought that rolled through my foggy mind as I studied my reflection.”

I’ve been there, after the birth of my second daughter. To look at yourself in the mirror and not recognize the reflection? Scary. Truly difficult to capture but Jill did it so well here that I immediately saw the reflection in the mirror from the first time I didn’t recognize myself (yes, it happened more than once). But in recalling this, I didn’t find a trigger, I found hope, grace, and a promise that even though I had been there, I knew my way out because here we are. And this is what is so powerful about this book. The moments it captures, albeit dark ones, reflect to us how far we have come since experiencing them. The power therein is priceless.

If you want to help promote the release of the book, you can also join the Thunderclap HerStories has set up. Go here!

Shatter the MythsAbout the #EndPPDMyths Campaign

We’ll be chatting with Jessica not only about pulling the anthology together, but also about the social media campaign they’re running next week to mark the release date of the book (which is Tuesday, November 3). According to their press release:

“The HerStories Project, a writing and publishing community for women, is organizing a week-long social media campaign during the first week of November called “Shatter The Myths.” The goal of the campaign is to end the widespread misconceptions about maternal mental health disorders that prevent mothers from speaking up about their struggles and getting help.”

How can you participate in their campaign?

Follow the hashtag. Share a photo of yourself with a quote that shatters a myth about Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders or empowers fellow fighters, being sure to post it with #EndPPDMyths.

contestCONTEST

One last thing – even though the book releases next Tuesday, you will have a chance to win it during chat on Monday night! That’s right! One lucky participant will win a copy of Mothering Through the Dark. No pre-registration required. All you need to do is attend the chat (and of course, not be included in the anthology). Winner will be announced on Twitter shortly after chat and Random.org will be used to select the winner. If you don’t want to wait, you can pre-order the book here. Did I mention that ten percent of proceeds from this book go to support Postpartum Progress, a non-profit that is making a LOT of waves and progress right now? It’s a win win!