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6 Good Reasons Why Moms’ Mental Health Matters

Women’s issues get pushed to the side, especially those that are about our health and well being. Whether it’s drug trials that only use men as study participants or a lack of coordinated resources to address mental health – women and moms are an afterthought. But this week – Maternal Mental Health Week – we’re…

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What It’s Like to Be a Black Woman with Bipolar Disorder

Editors note: We’re thrilled to bring you a guest post from Fightress Aaron, a Black woman living with Bipolar Disorder I. You can find her blogging, advocating and speaking her truth at www.beautifulblackandbipolar.com When I received my Bipolar Disorder I diagnosis five years ago, I felt a sense of relief. I was relieved to finally…

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Leah Anderson: Here I Am with a Passion for Change

I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. I finally have a diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder at the age of 29 and almost 20 months postpartum. It has been a long 2 years of saying something is wrong. I still don’t feel normal for me. And to make things worse I…

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Sam Nenninger: Over the Last 7 Years I’ve Gone From Sufferer to Survivor

When I was handed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) on a piece of paper at my six week postpartum appointment, I remember reading each of the ten questions numerous times; slowly and carefully. “That’s it. I AM crazy” I thought to myself. None of the questions were like the jumbled ball of continuous horrific…

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Lisa Tremayne: Children Were Everything I Ever Wanted

6 years. 72 months. 72 times I got my period and was so disappointed that my body had failed me again. That’s how the inability to conceive feels and the words that we in the medical field – I am a maternal child health nurse use – the inability to conceive. Just to make sure…

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Kat Schuknecht: We Are Working to Change Things for the Mothers Who Come After Us

My name is Kat and I’m extremely excited to be a part of MMHRC! I’m the mama of two girls – ages 9 and 5. I developed postpartum depression (PPD) and postpartum anxiety (PPA) shortly after my oldest was born. It wasn’t until my younger daughter came along four years later that I was really…

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21 Ridiculous Reasons Moms’ Mental Health Wasn’t Taken Seriously

Despite assurances from health care providers that maternal mental health issues are taken seriously, we know from our lived experience this isn’t always the case. There are many instances where a mom has reached out for help only to be met with blank stares. Or worse yet, ridiculous reasons why what they’re experiencing is either…

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How to Find the Right Therapist When You’re Looking for Help

Finding the right therapist is very important

When you’re looking to start therapy, finding the right therapist is the NUMBER ONE most important thing you can possibly do. In fact, getting yourself set up with the wrong therapist can be completely counterproductive and cause harm. Just because a certain practitioner is close to your home, or your best friend’s neighbor highly recommended…

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Brain Fog: Coping Strategies for When You Can’t Concentrate

Brain fog is one of those often overlooked symptoms of a maternal mental illness that can cause you an incredible amount of frustration. And just like other symptoms of illnesses like depression and anxiety, brain fog can look different for everyone. Because it doesn’t fit with symptoms we typically associate with depression or anxiety, it…

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#metoo Matters for Moms and Our Mental Health

#metoo has brought to light what so many of us experience as women and have programmed ourselves to either ignore or just accept. Whether you’ve been sexually assaulted, harassed or your boundaries violated there’s no question this type of behavior is everywhere. We experience it day in and day out – at work, the bus…

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