April 27, 2018

"If you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast, but if you tell people you're depressed, everyone runs the other way. That's the stigma." Kevin Breel, honest comedian 

We probably all know this impulse, to move away instead of lean in.  I know it.  When I was hit with Postpartum Anxiety and Depression for the third time, and this time actually had the language to understand what was happening to me, I looked back on friendships in my past where I hadn't understood how to be supportive.  Where I'd ran away.  Where I'd been annoyed, even.  I found myself guilty.  

So what can we do instead to support our friends in the swell of hormones and emotion?  This advice is good for standing by any postpartum mother, not just those with PMADs.  Postpartum is the time of great transition, and solid ground may feel elusive as a woman shifts int...

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