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Postpartum Psychosis: I Didn’t Know Motherhood Could Have A Dark Side, Until I Saw Demons Threatening To Kill My Baby

Postpartum Psychosis: I Didn’t Know Motherhood Could Have A Dark Side, Until I Saw Demons Threatening To Kill My Baby Olivia Siegl   It makes my blood run cold that I went into motherhood unaware of what could happen to my mind after having a baby. Postpartum Psychosis plummeted me into a darkness that had…

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“It wasn’t till I tentatively Googled ‘Why do I think about hurting my baby’ that I found that I was far from alone.”

“It wasn’t till I tentatively Googled ‘Why do I think about hurting my baby’ that I found that I was far from alone.” Susannah Birch   Giving birth to my first daughter was the most empowering thing I’ve ever done, and afterwards I felt as if I could do anything. I’d had a natural drug…

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MOM CONGRESS 2019

MOM CONGRESS 2019 Jessica Thomas, PSI Support Coordinator for Eastern NC   No matter your view of life I believe we can all come to the consensus that “mommin’ ain’t easy”.  I have been pregnant and or nursing for the past 7 years and with that comes an emotional toll that I was not prepared…

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“If This Is So Common, Why Haven’t I Ever Heard of It?”

“If This Is So Common, Why Haven’t I Ever Heard of It?” Jenny Schermerhorn “I think you might have Postpartum Depression” was something a close friend said to me at my first child’s 1-year-old birthday party.  I remember thinking “That’s what bad moms get”.   I blamed myself, and I pushed it aside.  I had no…

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Perinatal OCD Part II

Perinatal OCD Part II Catherine Benfield We’re at a point now where parents are beginning to talk openly about the impact of becoming parents on their mental health. Postnatal depression is often in the media, an awareness of postpartum psychosis is finally starting to build. But what if you start experiencing worries about deliberately harming…

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Featured PSI Member: Elizabeth Gillette, MSW, LCSW

Elizabeth Gillette, MSW, LCSW Heirloom Counseling PSI Volunteer: Coordinator (North Carolina Mountains Region / Asheville area) Certificate from PSI in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care Tell us a little about yourself outside of your work. I live in Asheville, North Carolina with my partner and our fur babies, Maia and Mercutio. I…

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Understanding Perinatal OCD Part I

Understanding Perinatal OCD Part I Catherine Benfield In order to recognize Perinatal OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), it’s important to understand the way OCD works and that can sometimes be easier said than done. When people ask me what OCD is, my first instinct is to ask them to pull up a chair so I can…

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PSI Focuses on Raising Awareness of Maternal Mental Health

Events Include Maternal Mental Health Day, PSI 32nd Annual Conference and  Climb out of the Darkness PORTLAND, OR. — Postpartum Support International (PSI), the leading organization dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood disorders, is raising awareness of maternal mental health (MMH) by focusing on global awareness, education, and local fundraising.  PSI will kick-off…

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For Partners: How to Show Up Well in the Postpartum Period

For Partners: How to Show Up Well in the Postpartum Period Elizabeth Gillette Let’s be real: the postpartum time is incredibly exciting for many families and it’s also a time when partners can feel frazzled, disoriented, and overwhelmed. As a therapist who supports many couples during this time period, I see the latter more than…

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Interview with PSI trained PostPartum Specialist Natalie Telyatnikov

A mom, whom I’ve never met personally, created a private Facebook group of local area moms who have or are suffering from PostPartum disorders. Many moms had opened up asking for help on a larger Facebook group, so to keep things more private and personal, an offshoot was created. Moms post how they feel, often…

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Postpartum Support International.