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Here are some articles I wrote for HuffPost on perinatal mental health:
Online Therapy For Postpartum Depression Makes The Most

Online Therapy For Postpartum Depression Makes The Most Sense

It’s crazy to expect a new mother with postpartum depression (PPD) to attend regular therapy sessions. That’s if she can get access to therapy at all what with the ongoing shortage of psychiatrists and psychotherapists across Canada and the U.S.
 05/17/2017 11:45 EDT
Just Another Day In The Life Of An Anxiety

Just Another Day In The Life Of An Anxiety Disorder

I try to stay calm as my heart starts to race and my legs begin to shake. I feel nauseous and I might throw up. It’s happening. Right here, right now, at work. A panic attack. My first one happened in my mid-20s. Thought I was dying. It runs in my family. My father has anxiety and panic disorder.
 01/19/2017 04:13 EST
Study On Pregnancy And Antidepressants Is First Of Its

Study On Pregnancy And Antidepressants Is First Of Its Kind

I was anxiety-ridden throughout my entire pregnancy and I suffered from awful depression and anxiety after my baby was born. Obviously I should have been on meds throughout my pregnancy, but my OBGYN didn’t know I was suffering from perinatal anxiety. I didn’t know.
 11/18/2016 08:23 EST
Did I Actually Have Bipolar Postpartum

Did I Actually Have Bipolar Postpartum Depression?

I’ve never been diagnosed with bipolar disorder but I did have anxiety and depression growing up. And who knows? Maybe I am bipolar too and should have been flagged. Maybe if there were more psychiatrists around to help us make a diagnosis, I would have known sooner and taken preventative steps and not have my postpartum episodes be such a surprise to me and my doctor.
 06/21/2016 04:55 EDT
I'm No Longer Alone In My Postpartum

I’m No Longer Alone In My Postpartum Depression

Sometimes I wonder how I ever got through postpartum depression (PPD) the first time around without Facebook, Google, mommy blogs and my smartphone. That was seven years ago, i.e. the olden days, when everyone didn’t own a smart phone and there weren’t any live online PPD support groups to access.
 05/20/2016 11:47 EDT
A Mental Ward Is No Place For Moms With Postpartum

A Mental Ward Is No Place For Moms With Postpartum Depression

I’m not saying we need helicopter rides, but we damn well need more than we have right now. We need screening, monitoring, therapy, child care and home care. And why not add PPD rehab to that list? I can’t think of anything better to help moms who are severely suffering than a dedicated facility.
 05/17/2016 10:55 EDT
I Dream Of A Day All Mothers Are Entitled To PPD

I Dream Of A Day All Mothers Are Entitled To PPD Rehab

Wouldn’t that be nice? I don’t remember being given the option. I do remember getting a weird look, being brushed off, handed a script and sent home. I can only imagine (fantasize) what rehab for postpartum depression looks like. A limo arrives at my doorstep and out steps Ryan Gosling. “Hey girl,” he says. “We’re going to PPD rehab.”
 05/13/2016 02:43 EDT
Canada Needs To Prioritize A National Postpartum Depression

Canada Needs To Prioritize A National Postpartum Depression Strategy

There is a national crisis when it comes to the proper prevention, diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression and Canada needs a prenatal and postpartum depression strategy now before more mothers (and their families) are left to suffer unnecessarily.
 04/04/2016 10:33 EDT
Canada May Take Part In Largest Postpartum Depression

Canada May Take Part In Largest Postpartum Depression Study

We’re not part of the largest and coolest postpartum depression (PPD) study ever announced yesterday, but we will be soon, says the study’s lead researcher. Maybe. The study, administered through a smartphone app, has the potential to change our understanding of PPD on a genetic basis.
 03/23/2016 12:17 EDT
Homegrown Mom Group Helps Combat Postpartum

Homegrown Mom Group Helps Combat Postpartum Depression

“Postpartum women should be encouraged to resist the temptation to isolate themselves, push past their comfort zone and take the risk of making some connections with others who may be in a position to provide valuable support.”
 03/11/2016 02:13 EST
Postpartum Depression Isn't Normal, It's

Postpartum Depression Isn’t Normal, It’s Complicated

When a friend says postpartum depression is normal, I get disappointed. When a psychologist says postpartum depression is normal, I get worried. When a New York Times best selling author and former U.S. congressional candidate with hundreds of thousands of followers says that postpartum depression is normal, I get livid.
 02/11/2016 11:53 EST
#MeditateOnThis: Twitter Campaign Shares Postpartum Depression

#MeditateOnThis: Twitter Campaign Shares Postpartum Depression Facts

Postpartum depression and anxiety are very real and without medication, I wouldn’t be here today. Instead of getting properly treated with medication, I chose meditation and became manic. I thought angels were communicating with me, that there were messages and signs in numbers and nature just for me, and that God had blessed with me postpartum depression for a grander mission. I still meditate and practice yoga and love spirituality, but rest assured, I never miss a dose of my postpartum depression medication.
 01/28/2016 11:24 EST
Postpartum Depression Awareness Will Make Strides In

Postpartum Depression Awareness Will Make Strides In 2016

While tinsel town continues to generate buzz about PPD with new plot twists and more celebrity confessions, here’s hoping that the trend of openness continues in the right direction towards greater awareness and better treatment.
 01/11/2016 11:48 EST
Postpartum Depression And Weaning: What You Need To

Postpartum Depression And Weaning: What You Need To Know

Lactation mania or mammary mania are medical terms for the onset of bipolar symptoms after the cessation of breastfeeding which, looking back, I clearly had after the abrupt weaning of my seven month old.
 12/11/2015 04:16 EST
On A Quest To Understand Why I Have Postpartum

On A Quest To Understand Why I Have Postpartum Depression

By the time I became pregnant for a second time in 2013, I felt at my best, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. I took hypnobirthing classes and had a picture perfect natural birth. My baby was sleeping through the night from day one and so was I. There’s no way PPD would ever find me now. I was wrong.
 11/24/2015 03:58 EST
I Went On Antidepressants For Postpartum Depression And Got

I Went On Antidepressants For Postpartum Depression And Got Fired

I just wanted to stay home in my pjs and watch Netflix, which I did on many occasions. So inevitably, I was fired last Monday. And I don’t care. In fact, I don’t seem to give a shit about anything these days. And that’s concerning.
 11/17/2015 12:05 EST