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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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No More Excuses: Providers Are Accountable for Their Lack of Knowledge About Moms’ Mental Health

No more excuses

When it comes to maternal mental health, there’s always an excuse as to why moms get bad treatment. It may be that screening takes too long. There is a duty to report if a mom is thought to be a danger to her child. Psychiatrists are the best professionals to handle mental illness. OBs don’t…

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Postpartum Depression & Anxiety Don’t Get Any Better – But You Do

PPD Doesn

It’s been over four years since I had my son and my journey into the world of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, like postpartum depression and anxiety, began. Since then I’ve spent plenty of time managing my own recovery, but I’ve also spent countless hours providing peer support to other women. The question that’s asked…

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Body After Baby: How I Got a Life and Decided to Love Myself

Body After Baby_Learning to Love

Body after baby. We all worry, stress, obsess and fixate on what we look like after pregnancy, birth and mothering. I have yet to meet a mom that’s not given some time and thought to how they look after having babies. Our favorite celebrities bounce back after six weeks of giving birth and Instagram is…

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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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When You’re Struggling With Your Mental Health Christmas Can Be Awful

It’s already December and we’re all hurdling full speed ahead into more family gatherings, pressure to find the perfect presents and listening to loops of Bing Crosby sing ‘White Christmas’. If I’m really honest, I’m a Pinterest mom and I love to get my house Instagram worthy, but it’s also exhausting. Beyond exhausting.The holiday season…

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Let’s Talk About What’s Wrong with Motherhood

There’s a lot wrong with motherhood. We don’t want to admit it, or confess that we can’t handle it and don’t like it. When we do think or speak of anything other than rainbows and butterflies that accompany baby snuggles, we’re disgusted by our own audacity to question what it means to be a mother.…

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