A very, very short post from me today to let you know that my fellow Mt. Holyoke alumna, Debra Dane, is featuring a monthly series of interviews with perinatal mood disorder survivors over at her blog, Inner Compass Designs.
Check out these other interviews that have been done thus far. More to come.
Jane from Life on Planet Baby
Debbie from Aspiring Mum
Tina from The Duepners
Kathy from Birth Touch
Cristi from Motherhood Unadorned
Yuz from Not Just About Wee
Robin from Farewell Stranger
Jen from Tranquila Mama
Brooke from Slow Your Home
If you are a perinatal mood disorder survivor, please consider opening up to others about your experience. It will definitely help other moms who are currently suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) or any one of the other illnesses that comprise the spectrum of postpartum mood disorders that are experienced by more new moms than you would think…since there is a tendency for people to stay quiet about any less-than-positive-experiences at a time that society believes should be nothing but peachy keen.
I’ve found, just like you may very well find, that helping other moms and sharing your experience with others can be extremely cathartic and fulfilling. Had I known about all the blogs and survivor stories I know now, I would not have felt so alone and helpless during my own struggle with PPD. The more survivors speak up, the more the public (including healthcare practitioners) will realize the true extent of the prevalence of these postpartum mood disorders and perhaps, just perhaps, there would be more resources to help new mothers cope with and recover from their illnesses….and less stigma!!!!
Thank you, Debra, for interviewing me and for spreading awareness in your mission to share survivor stories!