Mood

Brave Moms I’m Proud to Know

Being a mom isn’t easy under the best of circumstances. But what if you lost touch with reality and were put on a mental ward shortly after childbirth? For roughly one in a thousand moms, a time that is supposed to be joyful turns into a nightmare. The technical term for moms who lose touch […] Read more…

New Book-Perinatal Mental Health & Military Families

Having a baby is never easy, especially for military families. What if you were pregnant with your third baby, and your spouse was going to be deployed immediately after you delivered? This is just one of the challenges that military families face. The new book,  Perinatal Mental Health and the Military Family, delivers an in-depth […] Read more…

A Mind Of Your Own – Book Review

Kelly Brogan’s new book, “A Mind of Your Own,” offers hope and a plan for women who want to heal themselves from depression. The book debuted on the New York Times bestseller list, and I quickly ordered my copy. I agree wholeheartedly with the premise of the book, that lifestyle medicine—including balanced nutrition, meditation and […] Read more…

White Noise Sleep Potion

Many factors contributed to my postpartum psychosis. But the overwhelming cause was sleep deprivation. It wasn’t until I went through menopause that I realized – it’s not just the new baby and the wee hour feedings – hormonal changes also play a role in sleep disruption. These occur in the perinatal period as well as […] Read more…

Has Your Postpartum Experience Been Misdiagnosed?

Thirty-six years ago I had a postpartum psychosis. After delivering a premature baby and being sleep-deprived for almost two weeks, I was definitely out of touch with reality, and definitely had a postpartum psychosis. That diagnosis was correct.  But when I became unstable a few months later, due to additional family stress, I was diagnosed […] Read more…

Romance doesn’t end when you say “I do.”

I was thrilled that my novel, “Back In Six Weeks” won first place in both the “Fiction-Romance” and “Women’s Studies” categories at the recent Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association EVVY Awards. After meeting and hearing the stories of so many other women who experienced postpartum psychosis or some other perinatal mood disorder, I’m thrilled that my […] Read more…

Live Postpartum Psychosis Support Group

  There are lots of support groups around the world for women with postpartum depression and anxiety. You can find a support group in your area on the website of Postpartum Support International. But women who have experienced a postpartum psychosis (PPP) may go through their entire life and never meet another woman who has […] Read more…

Stop Emotional Eating – Wait

Do you find yourself nibbling all day? Does frustration drive you to the fridge? To the pantry? To that secret stash in your desk? Here’s the first in a series of tips to help stop emotional eating. The Word of the Week is “WAIT.” Wait at least 2 hours after your last meal before you […] Read more…

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