The sleep deprivation is probably one of the hardest challenges to get through during those first few weeks and months of becoming a new parent. Postpartum depression and anxiety can make it more difficult for you to get the rest that you need. The advice of sleeping when the baby sleeps was not helpful in my case.Read More
I don't believe reporting a postpartum mother is the way to go to help her and her child(ren).
You need help, not to be reported. How awful it is to deal with everything else that comes with postpartum depression and anxiety, and then have to face a case worker coming to your house to interrogate you and your partner. Read on to learn more about intrusive thoughts and what to do with them.Read More
Are you wondering if you have prenatal or postpartum depression and anxiety? Here is a quick screening tool I've put together to help you identify the main symptoms of depression and anxiety. My hope is that perinatal mood disorders can be regularly screened by doctors so women and men can get the help they need as soon as they need it.Read More
Here are 5 things you can start doing today to improve your mood from the research of Harvard's positive psychology professor Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. These steps work for postpartum depression and depression in general. You're not going to want to do them for many good reasons, including low motivation when depressed and hopelessness about anything being able to help you when in that dark place. I get it. I've been there.
Just remember, as Dr. David Burns stated, motivation follows action. Especially during depression, If you wait for that lightning bolt of motivation to hit before you act, it'll never come. We have to force ourselves to take those first steps, then the motivation will follow. Consistent action, one step at a time, on more days than not, is what it takes to recover.Read More
Sometimes, it's the simplest tools that can have a powerful impact on our lives. What's important is that we take daily action to implement it. You've probably heard of the power of a gratitude list. This tool is a gratitude list on steroids: the GLAD list. Learn more.Read More
Are you experiencing depression and/or anxiety while pregnant or after having your baby? Have you been wanting a free support group with other Oklahoman parents who just get it? If so, this FREE Facebook support group is for you.Read More
This is the 3rd and last part of my story. I talk about my recovery and how I overcame my struggle in hopes of giving a struggling mom or dad the gift of hope. This was a gift that was given to me in the depths of my struggle, and I want to pass it on.Read More
My name is Thai-An. I am a therapist and mother, and this is my story about my struggle with postpartum depression. I feel a bit exposed and nervous about sharing my story publicly, but my hope is that it will help another new mom or dad in the same place know they're not alone. I hope my vulnerability will give another person the strength to share their story and seek help.Read More
My name is Thai-An. I am a therapist and mother, and this is my story about my struggle with infertility. I honestly didn't think my infertility struggle was significant enough to put on its own blog post, but with some encouragement from friends, here it is. I also want to change the mindset that our pain isn't valid because others have been through much worse, because it still is. This story is meant to give background to my postpartum story.Read More
Are you a new mom who feels like you've completely lost yourself? Are you feeling sad and scared instead of excited about motherhood? Find out in this article whether you may have symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety.
What is postpartum depression? How is it different from the baby blues? How is it different from postpartum anxiety? How long will my suffering last? Where can I get support and/or therapy? Read on for answers.Read More
How do you begin finding a therapist in Oklahoma City when you need help? The process can be pretty overwhelming, especially when you're already struggling with depression and anxiety. Here is a guide on finding a therapist through Psychology Today, good questions to ask your potential therapist to make sure they are a good fit, and great self-help books before investing in therapy.Read More