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Undertrained and Far Too Common: An Alarming Reality

by April Gabriel-Ferretti, MS, MFT For the Postpartum Support International Blog February 20, 2018 By now you’ve likely heard the story of Jessica Porten, a new mom from Sacramento, California who was devastated to learn that, after sharing her concerns with a nurse practitioner at her OB’s office, the police had been called. Jessica had,…

Post-School Shooting Self-Care–How to Cope with Spiking Parental Anxiety

by Suma Karandikar for PSI Blog February 16, 2018 From the day you bring children into the world, you would probably agree that one of your greatest responsibilities is to keep them out of harm’s way. Almost instinctively, you make sure your child’s shoes are tied so she won’t trip, grab the lollipop that fell…

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A Letter to the OCD Momma

A Letter to the OCD Momma By Chelsea Elker for the PSI Blog February 8, 2018 To the mom who suffers OCD in silence: I see you. To the mom who spends all of her “me” time crying into her pillow: I get it. To the mom whose eyes dart across the room, wondering who…

We Need to Talk About Postpartum Bipolar Disorder

by Dyane Harwood for the PSI Blog January 30 2018 This blog originally appeared in Self Magazine on July 25, 2017. My manic symptoms were mistaken for a mother’s joy—I needed help. Within 24 hours of giving birth to my daughter Marilla in 2007, I was hypomanic, a mood state that literally means “less than…

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I will make the signs

I Will Make the Signs by Leah Klass for the PSI Blog January 24, 2018. De repente me sentí sola. And just like that, I felt lonely. Desperately so. Weeks after having my beloved, olive-skinned bebe, I was back to doing what a mom does. I was busy with my other hija, my toddler of…

A Therapist’s Story (Part IV): How I Turned My Pain into my Counseling Practice

A Therapist’s Story (Part IV): How I Turned My Pain into my Counseling Practice by Thai-An Truong for the PSI Blog January 16, 2018 In my last blog, I talked about the steps I took that brought me out of the darkness and towards recovery. Below I will talk about the last steps in my…

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Anxiety: My Manifestation

Anxiety: My Manifestation By M. J. Golias January 5, 2018 For Postpartum Support International Blog “I’m afraid. What if the power goes out and the A/C stops working?” I said to the older woman in the hair salon as I patted my freshly blown-out hair with my left hand while my right stroked my eight…

Dear Depression — A PSI Blog Post

Dear Depression By Jennifer Smith for the Postpartum Support International Blog December 11, 2017 “Dear Depression” appeared first in Jennifer’s blog, heretobehuman.com Dear depression: Thank you. I love you. Please forgive me. You came and visited me today and I cannot thank you enough for stopping by. You taught me an invaluable life changing lesson that…

How I Overcame Postpartum Depression

A Therapist’s Story (Part III): How I Overcame Postpartum Depression By Thai-An Truong November 30, 2017 for the Postpartum Support International Blog Despite being pretty pessimistic and hopeless that anything could help me, I started to force myself to try anything because I was desperate to feel like myself again. Whatever I tried, I often…

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Letting Go of My OCD

The One Thing I Needed in Order to Let Go of My OCD by Chelsea Elker November 21, 2017 This blog previously appeared in The Mighty and Chelsea’s blog, Delicate Change My OCD. My mental illness. My disorder. My greatest enemy. My constant companion. How could I let go of the thoughts? They were dangerous, out…

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