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!
“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 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!
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!